Does distance from the equator predict self-control? Lessons from the Human Penguin Project

Hans Ijzerman, Marija V. Čolić, Marie Hennecke, Youngki Hong, Chuan Peng Hu, Jennifer Joy-Gaba, Dušanka Lazarević, Ljiljana B. Lazarević, Michal Parzuchowski, Kyle G. Ratner, Thomas Schubert, Astrid Schütz, Darko Stojilović, Sophia C. Weissgerber, Janis Zickfeld, Siegwart Lindenberg

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We comment on the proposition that lower temperatures and especially greater seasonal variation in temperature call for individuals and societies to adopt ⋯ a greater degree of self-control (Van Lange et al., sect. 3, para. 4) for which we cannot find empirical support in a large data set with data-driven analyses. After providing greater nuance in our theoretical review, we suggest that Van Lange et al. revisit their model with an eye toward the social determinants of self-control.

Original languageEnglish
Article numbere86
JournalBehavioral and Brain Sciences
Publication statusPublished - 2017

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