The present study examines whether social
interference (i.e., interference with one’s goal attainment by the bodily
presence of others) depletes the limited resource of self-control strength. In
an experimental laboratory study (N = 34), half the participants
experienced social interference whereas the other half did not experience
social interference by two confederates during a dexterity task. Afterwards, we
measured participants’ momentary self-control strength applying a Stroop
colour-naming task. In line with our prediction, participants’ performance in
the Stroop task indicated that social interference reduced self-control
strength. We discuss implications for crowding research and crowding in natural
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