"The somatic neglect hypothesis: The impact of self-control and rumination on embodied information processing"
VU University Amsterdam - Department of Clinical Psychology
Prof.dr. Paul van Lange (VU)
Dr. Sander Koole (VU)
Dr. Iris Schneider (VU)
1 May 2013 - 1 May 2016
External sources: ERC grant
Self-control is a psychological process whereby people inhibit their immediate impulses to achieve their long-term goals. Although self-control has many personal and societal benefits, self-control often leads people to disregard their physical sensations (e.g., feelings of fatigue or attraction towards a tempting stimulus). According to the somatic neglect hypothesis, self-control may lead to involuntary neglect of bodily processes, especially among individuals high on rumination, who have difficulties relaxing self-control. A series of experiments will examine the influence of self-control and chronic rumination on use of bodily feedback in interoception, and decision-making and whether training self-relaxation skills may help chronic ruminators to overcome somatic neglect. The results of this research will inform basic theories of human self-regulation and may point to new ways of treating depression.