Force of Habit: Stress Hormones Switch Off Areas of the Brain for Goal-Directed Behaviour, Ruhr-University Study

Published: Jul 25, 2012

Cognition psychologists at the Ruhr-Universit├Ąt together with colleagues from the University Hospital Bergmannsheil (Prof. Dr. Martin Tegenthoff) have discovered why stressed persons are more likely to lapse back into habits than to behave goal-directed. The team of PD Dr. Lars Schwabe and Prof. Dr. Oliver Wolf from the Institute for Cognitive Neuroscience have mimicked a stress situation in the body using drugs. They then examined the brain activity using functional MRI scanning.

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