Resisting the power of temptations: the right prefrontal cortex and self-control.

Knoch, Daria; Fehr, Ernst (2007). Resisting the power of temptations: the right prefrontal cortex and self-control. Annals of the New York Academy of Sciences, 1104, pp. 123-134. Blackwell 10.1196/annals.1390.004

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Imagine you are overweight and you spot your favorite pastry in the storefront of a bakery. How do you manage to resist this temptation? Or to give other examples, how do you manage to restrain yourself from overspending or succumbing to sexual temptations? The present article summarizes two recent studies stressing the fundamental importance of inhibition in the process of decision making. Based on the results of these studies, we dare to claim that the capacity to resist temptation depends on the activity level of the right prefrontal cortex (PFC).

Item Type:

Journal Article (Review Article)

Division/Institute:

07 Faculty of Human Sciences > Institute of Psychology > Social Psychology and Social Neuroscience

UniBE Contributor:

Knoch, Daria

Subjects:

100 Philosophy > 150 Psychology
300 Social sciences, sociology & anthropology

ISSN:

0077-8923

Publisher:

Blackwell

Language:

English

Submitter:

Irène Gonce-Gyr

Date Deposited:

22 Dec 2014 13:59

Last Modified:

22 Dec 2014 13:59

Publisher DOI:

10.1196/annals.1390.004

PubMed ID:

17344543

URI:

https://boris.unibe.ch/id/eprint/61202

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