Self Control in Society, Mind, and Brain

Ran R. Hassin, Kevin N. Ochsner, Yaacov Trope

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This book presents social, cognitive, and neuroscientific approaches to the study of self-control, connecting recent work in cognitive and social psychology with recent advances in cognitive and social neuroscience. It consists of three sections: The Social, The Mental, and The Brain. The "Mental" section is the book's anchor, examining within-individual self-control processes at all levels, from low-level attention to motivation and motivational systems. The "Social" section looks at group processes, broadly defined, and how groups and societies (attempt to) resolve conflicts between their global goals and the individual's self interest. The "Brain" section explores the brain processes that underlie self control attempts and which speak directly to mental-level processes. The book brings together multiple perspectives on self-control dilemmas from researchers in various allied disciplines in order to illustrate the depth and breadth of the research in the new field of self control.

Original languageEnglish (US)
PublisherOxford University Press
Number of pages576
ISBN (Electronic)9780199776894
ISBN (Print)9780195391381
StatePublished - May 1 2010


  • Brain
  • Group processes
  • Low-level attention
  • Mind
  • Motivation
  • Motivational systems
  • Self control
  • Social neuroscience
  • Social psychology
  • Society

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • General Psychology


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