Sunday, 30 November 2014

Let's talk about self-talk

Welcome to a new style of blog post from me, I'm going to be experimenting with microblogging and microposts.  As I progress through my MSc I often find snippits of research or information that I'd love to share. Rather than weave them together into a longer blog post I'm going to start sharing them as I go along to make short, quick reads.  Here's the first one.

A recent study explored the grammar of self talk for the purposes of motivation. They found that second person self talk is more effective that first person self talk.  

That is "You can do it" is more effective than "I can do it."

The researchers speculated that this type of talk could cue memories of encouragement from others - particularly from childhood.  There are limitations to the study (e.g. the subjects were all psychology students) but it provides an interesting base for future research and in the meantime - I'm certainly going to give it a go.



You can read a digest of the research from the British Psychological Society here and the reference for the paper is below:

Dolcos, S., & Albarracin, D. (2014). The inner speech of behavioral regulation: Intentions and task performance strengthen when you talk to yourself as a You European Journal of Social PsychologyDOI: 10.1002/ejsp.2048