Posts Tagged ‘Academic Research’

Is our brain like a muscle?

July 22, 2008

Check out this recent post by Prof. Amir on Scientific American Mind:

The human mind is a remarkable device. Nevertheless, it is not without limits. Recently, a growing body of research has focused on a particular mental limitation, which has to do with our ability to use a mental trait known as executive function. When you focus on a specific task for an extended period of time or choose to eat a salad instead of a piece of cake, you are flexing your executive function muscles. Both thought processes require conscious effort-you have to resist the temptation to let your mind wander or to indulge in the sweet dessert. It turns out, however, that use of executive function—a talent we all rely on throughout the day—draws upon a single resource of limited capacity in the brain….

Here is a link to the rest:http://www.sciam.com/article.cfm?id=tough-choices-how-making

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