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Testing the Effects of a Preceding Self-Control Task on Decision-Making in Soccer Refereeing

Englert, Chris; Dziuba, Anna; Schweizer, Geoffrey


The present study tested the assumption that the momentary level of self-control strength affects the accuracy rates in a sports-related judgment and decision-making task. A total of N = 27 participants rated the veracity of 28 video-taped statements of soccer players who were interviewed by a non-visible referee after a critical game-related situation. In half of the videos, the players were lying, and in the other half, they were telling the truth. Participants were tested twice: once with temporarily depleted self-control strength and once with temporarily available self-control strength (order counterbalanced; measurements separated by exactly 7 days). Self-control strength was experimentally manipulated with the Stroop task. In line with two-process models of information processing, we hypothesized that under ego depletion, information is processed in a rather heuristic manner, leading to lower accuracy rates. Contrary to our expectations, the level of temporarily available self-control strength did not have an effect on accuracy rates. Limitations and implications for future research endeavors are discussed.

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DOI: 10.5445/IR/1000130568
Veröffentlicht am 31.05.2022
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Zugehörige Institution(en) am KIT Institut für Sport und Sportwissenschaft (IfSS)
Publikationstyp Zeitschriftenaufsatz
Publikationsjahr 2021
Sprache Englisch
Identifikator ISSN: 1662-453X
KITopen-ID: 1000130568
Erschienen in Frontiers in neuroscience
Verlag Frontiers Media SA
Band 15
Seiten Art. Nr.: 638652
Vorab online veröffentlicht am 16.03.2021
Schlagwörter decision making, ego depletion, cognitive fatigue, sports, refereeing, Stroop, effort
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