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We have a limited supply of willpower?

~ The Rebel ~ 2012/07/23 20:05:41

Researchers asked 16 people to perform self-control tasks while being monitored by an fMRI scanner. During the first session, people were assigned to either a demanding mental task or easier task. Two weeks later, they swapped tasks.

The results: Brain scans from the first session showed promising activity in both the participants’ anterior cingulate cortex (ACC)–an area that deals with decision-making–and dorsolateral prefrontal cortex (DLPFC), an area that helps manage self-control.

But after the second session, those who were exposed to the demanding task first showed less activity in their DFPFC. Simply put, “if you exert a significant amount of self-control at one time, you’ll have a hard time exerting it later,” says lead study author William Hedgcock, Ph.D., a neuroscientist at the University of Iowa.

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  • Juan O'Mara 2012/07/23 20:24:04
    Juan O'Mara
    +1
    I did a test where my hearrate and blood pressure was measured while performing "simple" arithmetic counting back by 7 from an abnormally high number, I do not feel the 40 dollars was worth it.
  • HarleyCharley 2012/07/23 20:06:29
    HarleyCharley
    yes...
  • ~ The Rebel ~ 2012/07/23 20:06:23
    ~ The Rebel ~
    Maybe by the second go round they decided it was all a bunch of bull?

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