Study: people have more willpower than they think

January 24, 2011 5:23:36 AM PST
Is it a lack of willpower that makes you reach for that extra piece of cake or pie.

Researchers at Stanford say people have more self-control than they think. People who think they have unlimited willpower can plow through complicated tasks and better resist temptation.

Scientists say people who believe you can run out of willpower have difficulty with certain tasks and New Year's resolutions.

They say one answer is to teach people to think they have unlimited willpower.