Abnormal brain structures hint at poor self-control and vulnerability to drug addiction | Not Exactly Rocket Science

Our lives are full of instances where have to hold ourselves back. We stop ourselves from eating that tempting slice of cake to avoid putting on weight. We bite our tongues to avoid insulting our friends. We slam on the brakes to avoid killing a pedestrian. « Wired UK feature – scanning the Amazon by air
Abnormal brain structures hint at poor self-control and vulnerability to drug addiction

Our lives are full of instances where have to hold ourselves back. We stop ourselves from eating that tempting slice of cake to avoid putting on weight. We bite our tongues to avoid insulting our friends. We slam on the brakes to avoid killing a pedestrian. To quote Yoda: “Control! Control! You must learn control.”
People with drug problems clearly have a problem with this. Their ability to resist their own impulses falters at the promise of the next hit. Now, scientists are starting to understand the changes in the brain that underlie these problems.Many scientists have developed programmes for improving self-control at an early age. Monitoring the IFC’s white matter could provide an objective way of measuring whether those programmes are working.

Read the full article here:
Abnormal brain structures hint at poor self-control and vulnerability to drug addiction | Not Exactly Rocket Science