A Multilab Replication of the Ego Depletion Effect

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  • Junhua Dang
  • Paul Barker
  • Anna Baumert
  • Margriet Bentvelzen
  • Elliot Berkman
  • Nita Buchholz
  • Jacek Buczny
  • Zhansheng Chen
  • Valeria De Cristofaro
  • Lianne de Vries
  • Siegfried Dewitte
  • Mauro Giacomantonio
  • Ran Gong
  • Maaike Homan
  • Roland Imhoff
  • Ismaharif Ismail
  • Lile Jia
  • Thomas Kubiak
  • Florian Lange
  • Dan Yang Li
  • Jordan Livingston
  • Rita Ludwig
  • Angelo Panno
  • Joshua Pearman
  • Niklas Rassi
  • Helgi B. Schiöth
  • Manfred Schmitt
  • Jiaxin Shi
  • Angelos Stamos
  • Yia Chin Tan
  • Mario Wenzel
  • Oulmann Zerhouni
  • Li Wei Zhang
  • Yi Jia Zhang
  • Axel Zinkernagel

There is an active debate regarding whether the ego depletion effect is real. A recent preregistered experiment with the Stroop task as the depleting task and the antisaccade task as the outcome task found a medium-level effect size. In the current research, we conducted a preregistered multilab replication of that experiment. Data from 12 labs across the globe (N = 1,775) revealed a small and significant ego depletion effect, d = 0.10. After excluding participants who might have responded randomly during the outcome task, the effect size increased to d = 0.16. By adding an informative, unbiased data point to the literature, our findings contribute to clarifying the existence, size, and generality of ego depletion.

ZeitschriftSocial Psychological and Personality Science
Seiten (von - bis)14-24
Anzahl der Seiten11
PublikationsstatusErschienen - 01.2021
Extern publiziertJa

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Funding Information:
Junhua Dang is supported by the Swedish Research Council (2018-06664); Helgi Schiöth is supported by the Swedish Research Council; Jacek Buczny was partially supported by SWPS University of Social Sciences and Humanities, Sopot, Poland, Grant BST WSO/2016/A/01, and VU Amsterdam, the Netherlands; Lile Jia was sponsored by Social Psychological and Personality Science Grant R-581-000-165-133 from the National University of Singapore; Anna Baumert and Manfred Schmitt were supported by the German Research Foundation (SCHM1092/16-1); Liwei Zhang was supported by Grant 2018YFF0300902 China National Key Research Project; Elliot Berkman was supported by NIH Grants R01 MH107418, R01 CA211224, R21 CA175241, and R01 HD094831.

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