Procrastinators and Doers have different Brains

New research has found that there’s actually a difference between doers — the people who just get stuff done — and procrastinators — the ones who don’t.

In the study, published in the journal Psychological Science, researchers used magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) to study the brains of 264 men and women. Then they filled out a survey to analyze how impulsive or decisive they were. Participants were given a score for decision-related action orientation (AOD), which essentially divided them into doers or procrastinators.

People with poor action control, the procrastinators, had a larger amygdala on average. The amygdala is the region of the brain associated with controlling emotions like fear. It’s also where the fight or flight response is initiated.


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About Giorgio Bertini

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