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Title: Is the letter cancellation task a suitable index of ego-depletion? Empirical and conceptual issues (Forthcoming)
Other Titles: Ego-depletion and letter cancellation
Author(s): Wimmer, Marina
Dome, Lenard
Hancock, Peter
Wennekers, Thomas
Contact Email: p.j.b.hancock@stir.ac.uk
Keywords: ego-depletion
inhibitory control
letter cancellation
replication
conceptual questions
Citation: Wimmer M, Dome L, Hancock P & Wennekers T (2019) Is the letter cancellation task a suitable index of ego-depletion? Empirical and conceptual issues (Forthcoming) [Ego-depletion and letter cancellation]. Social Psychology. https://www.hogrefe.co.uk/journals/social-psychology
Abstract: The aim was to quantify ego-depletion and measure its effect on inhibitory control. Adults (N = 523) received the letter “e” cancellation ego-depletion task and were subsequently tested on Stroop task performance. Difficulty of the cancellation task was systematically manipulated by modifying the text from semantically meaningful to non-meaningful sentences and words (Experiment 1) and by increasing ego-depletion rule complexity (Experiment 2). Participants’ performance was affected by both text and rule manipulations. There was no relation between ego-depletion task performance and subsequent Stroop performance. Thus, irrespective of the difficulty of the ego depletion task, Stroop performance was unaffected. The widely used cancellation task may not be a suitable inducer of ego-depletion if ego-depletion is considered as a lack of inhibitory control.
URL: https://www.hogrefe.co.uk/journals/social-psychology
Rights: This version of the article may not completely replicate the final authoritative version forthcoming in Social Psychology. It is not the version of record and is therefore not suitable for citation. Please do not copy or cite without the permission of the author(s).

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