Scientists Finally Finding Procrastination's Home
By Alan Mozes
Is it time to let procrastinators off the hook?
The inclination to delay things rather than get right to work on them may be hardwired into some people's brains, and not the product of a flawed character, German researchers suggest.
The findings come from brain scans of 264 men and women.
MRIs revealed that a brain region involved in motivation tends to be larger among people who put things off, while communication between that part of the brain and another involved in taking action appeared to be weaker.
"Individuals differ in their ability to initiate intended actions," said study author Caroline Schluter. "While some people tend to put tasks off, others easily manage to tackle them directly."
Schluter is a research assistant in th…