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Low Self-Control Is a Brain-Based Disorder
Low self-control is a brain-based disorder
MattDeLisiIowa State University

The underlying biological basis of constraint is believed to be located in attentional networks in the brain.

—Hampson, 2012, p. 327

The heightened risk-taking and impulsivity observed in adolescence has been partly attributed to the slow development of the brain regions necessary for cognitive control, subsuming response selection, top-down control and inhibitory processes, and including prefrontal cortex (PFC).

—Blakemore & Robbins, 2012, p. 1184

It is difficult to overestimate the importance of self-control for leading a happy, healthy, and productive life. Self-control, which is the basic capacity to regulate one's thoughts, emotions, and behaviors in the face of external demands, is a necessary and essential ingredient to function in society. Although it is a continuously distributed ...

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