The ESRC Festival of Social Sciences takes place between 1 and 8 November 2014.

The mysterious story of self-control

Find out how people can control their impulses and urges, and how it can be strengthened.

A Festival of Social Science research event
Date8 November 2014
Time10:00 to 16:00
PlaceCentral Library, Exeter


Are you interested in learning how you can train your brain to control your impulses and urges? 

Everyday life is full of temptations, and we need good self-control to resist them. But every now and then, our self-control fails and we can no longer suppress our urges; we take risks we shouldn’t take, or make impulsive decisions that we later regret.

We will tell you the mysterious story of self-control.

This event, led by a research group who study how the human mind controls behaviour, introduces people to the mechanisms involved in resisting temptations. In addition, it explores how self-control may be strengthened via novel training tasks.

More information about the host:

Professor Frederick Verbruggen is a cognitive psychologist with interests in executive control, learning and impulsive behaviour.


Please note that this is an open event. Attendees are welcome to drop in at any point between 10.00 - 16.00. 

If you have any questions please email

ProviderFestival of Social Science
OrganizerProfessor Frederick Verbruggen

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