BOSTON (CNN) — Mmmm, a hot fudge sundae. The diet is supposed to start today, but surely it can wait until tomorrow — or maybe the next day.
Many people know Researchers are turning to the brain to find out what’s behind this lack of self-control, a topic discussed in length at the American Association for the Advancement of Science meeting in Boston earlier this year.what’s good for them and choose to do the exact opposite, especially when it comes to diet and exercise.
In the future, there may be brain-based solutions to help you avoid that sundae; for now, researchers say, we can shape our environments to help us avoid temptation, and make firm commitments to change.
Value judgments and willpower
Pinpointing complex behaviors in the brain isn’t simple; we weren’t born with the words “impulsivity” and “willpower” etched into particular places on our heads. Scientists are still in the early stages of figuring out how billions of cells called neurons generate particular outcomes, and which circuits do what. But some clues have emerged from recent experiments.