This article considers how the processes that lead to involvement, defined as psychological engrossment, could be construed, as mutually exclusive of what is meant by self-regulation, a metacognitive process that requires strategic and motivational control. However, this article proposes that much can be learned by attempting to capture the phase change in a task when self-regulatory processes disappear and a new, nonself-focused state takes over. The contribution to the self-regulation literature arises from an open-ended qualitative approach focused on the distinct phases of a task to reveal the role self-regulation can play in concert with other processes. This article elaborates on the ways self-regulation is connected to the nonregulative process of involvement.
ASJC Scopus subject areas
- Developmental and Educational Psychology