Stress and Self-control

Stress

“Self-control abilities are sensitive to perturbations at several points within this [neural] network, and optimal self-control requires a precise balance of input from multiple brain regions rather than a simple on/off switch.

“Stressed participants’ brains exhibited altered patterns of connectivity between regions including the amygdala, striatum, and the dorsolateral and ventromedial prefrontal cortex, essentially reducing individuals’ ability to exercise self-control over food choices. Only some of these changes were associated with cortisol, a hormone commonly linked to stress.” (Via ScienceDaily)

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