Self Control

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Welcome to DASH, a learning module about self-control. is part of the Duke “Surprise Endings” MOOC course.


This learning simulation was designed by four Duke students to enhance your knowledge of your self control habits and to improve your access to resources about self control.

Self control is a complex topic. To get you thinking about the various aspects of self control, please review these resources.  As you interact with these materials, please jot down your thoughts, ideas and questions. By the end of the module, we will ask you to volunteer your reactions with our community on

Phase 2: Self Control Course Interview

As you’ll see at the top of the page, Jed Lavery, a member of our DASH team, interviewed Dan Ariely and Cathy Davidson on the subject of self-control.  The questions in this interview were based on reactions to the same materials that you just watched and read. Take a moment to listen to this interview and discover fresh insights on self control from the professors. As a reminder, please document your reactions to this video.

For Phase 3 of this module, we would like you to watch a Google Hangout that we hosted featuring 3 Duke students: Marc Andrusko, Sophie Throsby and Julia Quinn. We applied some of the questions and concepts from this module to spark a conversation about situations when we encounter self control as students.  Please view our hangout and weigh in on the conversation. Feel free to share some reactions in the comment forum below or on the discussion page.

Please take this self-diagnostic survey.


During our Google Hangout in Phase 3, we mentioned that we created an iOS application concept called DASH. Read more. 

Now we would like to hear from you! Post your reactions, ideas or questions that you have from this module using the forum below and connect with other participants of the simulation. Thank you for taking the time to DASH! 
“Lets you block your own access to distracting websites, mail servers, or anything else on the Internet.”
“Health intervention in the form of encouraging text message reminders”
“Lets you send your future self some words of inspiration.”
“Sync up your notes, screenshots, to-do lists, voice snippets, and videos. Share entries with contacts and set up reminder services. This app will also convert your voice reminders into text notes.”
“Audioboo lets you record to-do lists and personal reminders.”


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