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Why We Can't Really "Live In The Moment," University of Pittsburgh Study


8/11/2014 6:50:54 AM

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U. PITTSBURGH (US) — Advice telling us to “live in the moment” may ask the impossible, say neuroscientists.

The researchers have pinpointed a brain area responsible for using past decisions and outcomes to guide future behavior.

Their study, based on research conducted at the University of Pittsburgh and published today in the journal Neuron, is the first of its kind to analyze signals associated with metacognition—a person’s ability to monitor and control cognition—also described by researchers as “thinking about thinking.”

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