The Philosophy and Science of Self-Control


Popular science books:

Baumeister, R. F., and J. Tierney. 2011. Willpower: Rediscovering the greatest human strength. New York: Penguin.

Dweck, C. S. 2006. Mindset: The new psychology of success. New York: Random House.

Mischel, W. 2014. The marshmallow test: Mastering self­control. New York: Little, Brown.


News articles, interviews, and other online articles:

Baumeister, R. F. 2015. Self-control: The secret to life’s successes. Scientific American.

Berkman, E. 2015. Poor people don’t have less self-control. Poverty forces them to think short-term. New Republic.

Costandi, M. 2015. Self-control saps memory resources. The Guardian.

Druckerman, P. 2014. Learning how to exert self-control. The New York Times.

Herbert, W. 2015. Hard work, hard times: Self-control and joblessness. The Huffington Post.

Landau, E. 2013. Where is self-control in the brain? CNN.

Lehrer, J. 2009. Don’t! The secret of self-control. The New Yorker.

Tough, P. 2009. Can the right kinds of play teach self-control? The New York Times.

Urist, J. 2014. What the marshmallow test really teaches about self-control. The Atlantic.

Weir, K. 2012. The power of self-control. American Psychological Association.

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Online videos, podcasts, and other media:

David Rand: natural cooperation. PopTech.

 For kids, self-control factors into future success. NPR.

How poverty reduces self-control. Inside Higher Ed.

Is ‘grit’ doomed to be the new self-esteem? NPR.

MacArthur ‘Genius’ on grit, self control and success. NPR.

Self control: Dan Ariely. TEDxDuke.

The marshmallow experiment – instant gratification.

What your brain looks like when you lose self-control. NPR.

Jesse Graham’s PowerPoint Lecture on willpower (Psych 201 – Lecture 16.Willpower)

Jesse Graham’s PowerPoint Talk on the PSSC Project (Graham Social Brownbag.Moralization of Self-control.2016.04.25)

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