Give me strength or give me a reason: Self-control, religion, and the currency of reputation

Justin Harrison, Ryan McKay

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Abstract

We show that Kurzban and colleagues' approach illuminates the relationship between religion and self-control. Whereas resource depletion theorists suggest religion replenishes self-control resources ('strength'), we submit that religious cues make people feel observed, giving them 'reason' to persevere, and describe an experiment that supports our interpretation. Finally, we question the claim that subjective fatigue is a signal to redeploy resources.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)688-689
Number of pages2
JournalBehavioral and Brain Sciences
Volume36
Issue number6
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Dec 2013

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