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Jan 28, 2019

What exactly is willpower and how do we get more of it? Willpower researcher Michael Inzlicht joins host Keith McArthur to talk about his research into self-control, and why the best way to master willpower might be to avoid having to rely on it.

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Episode 59 Show Notes

[00:00] Welcome and Intro

Keith discusses:

  • Walter Mischel and the Marshmallow test [2:15]
  • Roy Baumeister and Ego Depletion [4:55]

[7:40] Featured interview with Michael Inzlicht

Michael Inzlicht is a professor of social psychology at the University of Toronto with a focus on the study of self-control. He is co-host of the Two Psychologists, Four Beers podcast.

In this conversation, Keith and Michael discuss:

  • How Michael got into researching willpower [8:00]
  • Is glucose the "limited resource" that leads to ego depletion? [12:30]
  • Inzlicht's research into self-control and emotion [18:00]
  • What can we do to boost self-control? [22:00]

[31:30] Where to find Michael

[34:00] Closing words