Cognitive Neuroscience: No Gain, Much Pain

Curr Biol. 2019 Oct 7;29(19):R918-R920. doi: 10.1016/j.cub.2019.08.006.


What do hard intellectual work and intense physical training have in common? New research suggests that both types of effort exhaust the brain's executive control system, leading to reduced excitability of the lateral prefrontal cortex and stronger preference for immediate rewards in economic decision-making.

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MeSH terms

  • Cognitive Neuroscience*
  • Decision Making
  • Executive Function
  • Humans
  • Pain
  • Prefrontal Cortex
  • Reward