Getting distracted can interfere with our ability to get things done, but being open to outside thoughts isn’t always a bad thing and can actually help us with some tasks. Curious how this works? Read more here.
Say you are at a new place, trying to find your way back to your hotel. One option is to get a map of the city and try to coordinate your position in relation to your hotel and start drawing your route. The other option is to start your GPS and retrieve step-by-step instructions on your phone. You don’t need to run a scientific study to say that most people will prefer the latter when given the option!
What makes cognitive effort aversive?
At the FENS-SfN Summer School 2017 on Chemical Neuromodulation: Neurobiological, Neurocomputational, Behavioural and Clinical Aspects, 18-24 June 2017 in Bertinoro, Italy, Prof. Roshan Cools gave a talk on the “Functions of dopamine and serotonin in human decision-making and cognition”, watch part 1 and part 2.
On Monday 8 May Mirjam Bloemendaal elegantly defended her thesis " Neural mechanisms of cognitive control" and received her doctoral degree. The lab would like to congratulate Mirjam on this great achievement!
Patients with attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) can be quite impulsive, restless and easily distracted. In short, they often have difficulty controlling their behavior. Diminished behavioural control can result in problems at work or in someone’s social life. Although patients with ADHD often find it hard to focus at work, some can spend hours playing computer games without facing distraction. In other words, patients with ADHD appear able to control their behavior much better when they are doing something enjoyable or rewarding rather than boring.