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Mark Muraven with Discussant Owen Flanagan

State University of New York, University at Albany and Duke University


Mark Muraven is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Psychology at the State University of New York, University at Albany. His research is focused on why self-control fails, how to prevent the loss of control, and how to improve an individual's self-control. He studies the role of self-control in addictive disorders, including smoking and drinking, as well as how self-control affects dieting, coping with stress, mood regulation, and mental performance. He is a recipient of an early career award from the Society for Advancement of Behavioral and Cognitive Therapy and is currently an associate editor for the journal, Motivation and Emotion.

Owen Flanagan is the James B. Duke Professor of Philosophy and Professor of Neurobiology at Duke University. In 1998, he was recipient of the Romanell National Phi Beta Kappa award, given annually to one American philosopher for distinguished contributions to philosophy and the public understanding of philosophy. He has written several books; the most recent is The Really Hard Problem: Meaning in a Material World.