“Thus, one definition of “self-regulation” encompasses any efforts by the human self to alter any of its own inner states as responses. We have previously described self-regulation in terms of people regulating their thoughts, emotions, impulses or appetites, and task performances. Based on this volume, we amend that list to include attentional processes as another domain of regulated responses” (Baumeister & Vohs, 2004). […]
Baumeister, R. F. & Vohs, K. D. (2004). Understanding self-regulation: An introduction. In R. F. Editor & K. D. Editor (Eds.), Handbook of self-regulation: Research of self-regulation: research, theory, and applications. New York, NY: Guilford Publications, Inc.