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Mark Muraven

Mark Muraven

My primary area of interest is self-control. I am interested in how people set and reach goals that they set for themselves as well as the effects of reaching or not reaching these goals. I am especially interested in factors that may contribute to the breakdown of self-control. I have been working on a model of self-control that suggests self-control draws upon a limited resource or strength. People who are lower in self-control strength due to prior self-control demands tend to perform more poorly on tests of self-control than people who have more self-control strength. In addition, practicing self-control may increase this strength, resulting in a general improvement in self-control performance.

Primary Interests:

  • Emotion, Mood, Affect
  • Health Psychology
  • Motivation, Goal Setting
  • Self and Identity

Research Group or Laboratory:

Journal Articles:

  • Muraven, M. (2010). Practicing self-control lowers the risk of smoking lapse. Psychology of Addictive Behaviors, 24, 446-452.
  • Tice, D. M., Baumeister, R. F., Shmueli, D.*, & Muraven, M. (2007). Restoring the self: Positive affect helps improve self-regulation following ego depletion. Journal of Experimental Social Psychology, 43, 379-384

  • Muraven, M. (in press). Building self-control strength: Practicing self-control leads to improved self-control performance. Journal of Experimental Social Psychology

  • Muraven, M. (2008). Autonomous self-control is less depleting. Journal of Research in Personality, 42, 763-770.

  • Muraven, M. (2008). Prejudice as self-control failure. Journal of Applied Social Psychology, 38, 314-333

  • Muraven, M. (2005). Self-focused attention and the self-regulation of attention: Implications for personality and pathology.

  • Muraven, M., & Baumeister, R. F. (2000). Self-regulation and depletion of limited resources: Does self-control resemble a muscle? Psychological Bulletin, 126, 247-259.

  • Muraven, M., Collins, R. L., Morsheimer, E. T., Shiffman, S., & Paty, J. A. (2005). Daily fluctuations in self-control demands and alcohol intake. Psychology of Addictive Behaviors, 19, 140-147.

  • Muraven, M., Collins, R. L., Morsheimer, E. T., Shiffman, S., & Paty, J. A. (2005). The morning after: Limit violations and the self-regulation of alcohol consumption. Psychology of Addictive Behaviors, 19, 253-262.

  • Muraven, M., Collins, R. L., & Nienhaus, K*. (2002). Self-control and alcohol restraint: An initial application of the self-control strength model. Psychology of Addictive Behaviors, 16, 113-120.

  • Muraven, M., Pogarsky, G., & Shmueli, D*. (2006). Self-control depletion and the general theory of crime. Journal of Quantitative Criminology, 22, 263-277.

  • Muraven, M., & Shmueli, D.* (2006). The self-control costs of fighting the temptation to drink. Psychology of Addictive Behaviors, 20, 154-160.

  • Muraven, M., Shmueli, D*., & Burkley, E*. (2006). Conserving Self-Control Strength. Journal of Personality and Social Psychology, 91, 524-537.

  • Muraven, M., & Slessareva, E*. (2003). Mechanisms of self-control failure: Motivation and limited resources. Personality and Social Psychology Bulletin, 29, 894-906.

  • Muraven, M., Tice, D. M., & Baumeister, R. F. (1998). Self-control as a limited resource: Regulatory depletion patterns. Journal of Personality and Social Psychology, 74, 774-789.

Courses Taught:

  • Emotions
  • Intimate Relationships
  • Introduction to Social Psychology
  • Psychology of Self-Control
  • Self-Regulation and Motivation
  • The Self

Mark Muraven
Department of Psychology
University at Albany
1400 Washington Avenue
Albany, New York 12222
United States of America

  • Phone: (518) 442-4123
  • Fax: (518) 442-4867

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