How to Turn on the Part of Your Brain That Controls Motivation
We know we should put the cigarettes away or make use of that gym membership, but in the moment, we just don’t do it. There is a cluster of neurons in our brain critical for motivation, though. What if you could hack them to motivate yourself? The researchers stuck 73 people into an fMRI, a scanner that can detect what part of the brain is most active, and focused on that area associated with motivation. When the researchers said “motivate yourself and make this part of your brain light up,” people couldn’t really do it. “They weren’t that reliable when we said, ‘Go! That changed when the participants were allowed to watch a neurofeedback meter that displayed activity in their ventral tegmental area. “Your whole mind is allowed to speak to a specific part of your brain in a way you never imagined before. Using an fMRI for this kind of brain feedback is more effective than other, older tools like placing electrodes on the skull or EEG, Gabrieli says. Copyright 2016 NPR.
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