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Study finds brain system for emotional self-control

Different brain areas are activated when we choose to suppress an emotion, compared to when we are instructed to inhibit an emotion, according a...

Low on Self-Control? Surrounding Yourself With Strong-Willed Friends May Help

We all desire self-control — the resolve to skip happy hour and go to the gym instead, to finish a report before checking Facebook,...

Religion helps us gain self-control

Thinking about religion gives people more self-control on later, unrelated tasks; according to results from a series of recent Queen's University study. "After unscrambling sentences...

Preschool beneficial, but should offer more, study finds

EAST LANSING, Mich. -- As more states consider universal preschool programs, a new study led by a Michigan State University scholar suggests that two years of pre-K is beneficial -- although more time should be spent on teaching certain ski...

When pride in achievement leads to a large order of fries

You aced that test; now it's time for a treat. Sometimes pride in an achievement can lead people to indulge in unhealthy choices, according to a new study in the Journal of Consumer Research. "Across four studies in the food consumptions and s...

21 Ways To Turn Ill Will to Good Will

My recent posts have highlighted two very powerful, yet opposing forces in the human heart: in a traditional metaphor, we each have a wolf...

Could learning self-control be enjoyable?

When it comes to self-control, consumers in the United States are in trouble. But a new study in the Journal of Consumer Research says there's hope; we just need a little help to see self-regulation as fun. "Self-control failures depend on whethe...

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