Is Self-Control Predetermined in the Brain?
Actions and intentions don't always go hand-in-hand. Ever wonder, why is that?
Studies show through brain imaging that self-control is a biological feat.
Sure, diet and exercise are knowingly beneficial to health, but that isn't always enough to convince a person to pursue them.
So, what gives?
The brain-based solution includes factors such as environment to help shape self-control, therefore avoiding temptation and making firm commitments for change, as discussed at the recent American Association for Advancement of Science meeting in Boston.
Impulsiveness and willpower aren't necessarily behavioral traits from birth, but they have something to do with the way that neurons generate situational outcomes.
Through functional magnetic resonance imaging, scientists have pinpointed that the ventral medial prefrontal cortex in the brain activates during decisions that demand some sort of self-control.
Another part of the brain, the dorsolateral prefrontal cortex, is also activated amidst such instances. This part being stronger for individuals with greater self-control regarding money and food.
If a future drug could help to stimulate these parts of the brain, would you consider it?