Executive Function

NY Daily News: For children, the lure of cookies and fast food is distinctly more powerful than for adolescents and adults, although children’s cognitive wiring is well suited to train such cravings, according to researchers hailing principally from Columbia University. “These findings are important because they suggest that we may More

PBS: A study published in Psychological Science says it is possible to train children’s brains to resist craving junk food. The cognitive strategy was developed by researchers at Columbia University, who took MRI brain scans of 105 children, adolescents and young adults while they looked at images of “unhealthy but appetizing” More

This is a young boy eating breakfast

Children show stronger food craving than adolescents and adults, but they are also able to use a cognitive strategy that reduces craving, according to new research published in Psychological Science, a journal of the Association for Psychological Science. “These findings are important because they suggest that we may have another More

Obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD), characterized by intrusive and persistent thoughts that are often accompanied by repetitive or ritualized acts, is a serious clinical disorder that can significantly impact a person’s ability to function and go about daily life. Neuroimaging data have hinted at a link between OCD and brain areas that More

Inc.: It would seem counter intuitive that the habit of attacking projects and to-do lists without a moment’s hesitation is anything but ulta-productive. Yet some researchers think that sometimes doing the opposite of procrastinating–or pre-crastinating–could cost you time and energy, too. Psychologists from Pennsylvania State University recently conducted a series of experiments, which subtly gave More