Jul 22 2008
One of my favorite bits from Joe Versus The Volcano was the fictional fatal disease, a ‘brain cloud,’ that prompted him to leave life as a cubicle drone and go live his life for six months before jumping into a volcano to something-something. My memory after that is a little flaky, something about Meg Ryan in three different roles, Orange soda, and a really brilliant set of luggage.
What types of actions exhaust executive function and affect subsequent decision-making? Until recently, researchers focused on activities that involved the exertion of self-control or the regulation of attention. For instance, it’s long been recognized that strenuous cognitive tasksâ€”such as taking the SATâ€”can make it harder to focus later on. But recent results suggests that these taxing mental activities may be much broader in scope-and may even involve the very common activity of making choices itself.
I’ve struggled with something like this for most of my life. Now that I know about the whole Attention-deficit thing, I thought that was it, but this looks different. Fascinating post on executive function and decision making.