Beyond simple utility in predicting self-control fatigue: a proximate alternative to the opportunity cost model. Academic Article uri icon


  • The opportunity cost model offers an ultimate explanation of ego depletion that helps to move the field beyond biologically improbable resource accounts. The model's more proximate explanation, however, falls short of accounting for much data and is based on an outdated view of human rationality. We suggest that our own process model offers a better proximate account of self-control fatigue.

published proceedings

  • Behav Brain Sci

author list (cited authors)

  • Inzlicht, M., & Schmeichel, B. J.

citation count

  • 17

complete list of authors

  • Inzlicht, Michael||Schmeichel, Brandon J

publication date

  • December 2013