impulse control

A specific circuit in the brain that alters food impulsivity has been identified by researchers[1], creating the possibility scientists can someday develop therapeutics to address overeating. Impulsivity, or responding without thinking about the consequences of an action, has been linked to excessive food intake, binge eating, weight gain and obesity, along with several psychiatric disorders… Read more

Physical exercise may help people exert more control over impulsivity, a recent small study suggests. “There’s a particular type of task called ‘delay discounting’ that presents individuals with a series of choices between ‘smaller/sooner’ and ‘larger/later’ rewards. It’s something we all experience in our lives. Do you want a little money now—or wait and get… Read more

A new study about impulse control adds to a growing body of evidence about the lasting effects of child abuse and neglect. Quick “go or don’t go” thinking, so crucial to everyday situations, appears to be less accurate and more impulsive in adults who suffered physical, emotional, or sexual trauma in their early years than… Read more

Increases in both self-control and timing precision as a result of a time-based intervention have been shown by researchers at Kansas State University. The research may be an important clue for developing behavioral approaches to treat disorders like attention deficit hyperactivity disorder, substance abuse and obesity. To look at impulsivity, researchers studied rat behavior, as… Read more

Brain waves can be used to predict snap judgments people make about an image, even when people are not conscious of making such judgments, according to new research from University of Melbourne. Researchers were able to predict from participants’ brain activity how exciting they found a particular image to be and whether a particular image… Read more