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2016 MPA Convention
May 5–7, 2016 | Palmer House Hilton | Chicago, IL

Psi Chi Distinguished Lecture

The Myth of Willpower and Strategies for Surviving Without It
People generally believe that it is one's willpower ability that separates the thin from the fat. I will argue that willpower—although highly consequential in many life domains—is not an important factor in explaining people's weight, and that diets fail more because of biology than because of willpower. Then, I'll talk about healthy eating strategies that do not involve willpower. Overall, I'll describe a sensible middle ground between restrictive diets, on the one hand, and excessive overeating, on the other.

Traci Mann, PhD
University of Minnesota

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Traci Mann, PhD, is Professor of Psychology at the University of Minnesota. She received her PhD in 1995 from Stanford University (CA), spent 10 years on the faculty at the University of California, Los Angeles, then moved to Minnesota and started the Health and Eating Lab. She is interested in basic science questions about cognitive mechanisms of self-control, and in applying social psychology research to promoting healthy behavior—particularly eating—in individuals’ daily lives. Her research has been funded by NIH, NASA, and USDA. She is the president of the Social, Personality, and Health Network, and is a fellow of the American Psychological Association, Association for Psychological Science, and the Society for Experimental Social Psychology. Her book, Secrets From the Eating Lab: The Science of Weight Loss, the Myth of Willpower, and Why You Should Never Diet Again, was published in 2015 by HarperCollins.









 

Regan A.R. Gurung, PhD
University of Wisconsin
–Green Bay
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