August 26th, 2007

Impulse Stopping

When the Mind Exercises 'Free Won't'

A new study provides the first neuroscientific evidence that people have self-control or the ability to reverse gears mid-action, and pinpoints the part of the brain responsible for helping us get a grip. Researchers report in The Journal of Neuroscience that a sort of emergency brake activates in our brains when we plan to ignore traffic signals or abort other planned activities.

The finding may help scientists better understand the underlying mechanisms of attention deficit disorder (ADD), addiction and other personality disorders that stem from an inability to control impulses. 

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Joke of the Day

A man walked into the ladies department of a Macy's, and walked up to the woman behind the counter and said, "I'd like to buy a bra for my wife" What type of bra?" asked the clerk. "Type?" inquires the man. "There is more than one type?" "Look around," said the saleslady, as she showed a sea of bras in every shape, size, color and material. "Actually, even with all of this variety, there are really only three types of bras," replied the salesclerk.


Confused, the man asked what the types were. The saleslady replied "The Catholic type, the, Salvation Army type, and the Baptist type. Which one do you need?" Still confused the man asked, "What is the difference between them?" The lady responded, "It is all really quite simple. The Catholic type supports the masses, the Salvation Army type lifts up the fallen, and the Baptist type makes mountains out of mole hills.”