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Staying in Control: The Neural Basis of Self-Regulation and Its Failure

Dylan D. Wagner, Kathryn E. Demos and Todd F. Heatherton

in The Oxford Handbook of Social Neuroscience

Published in print September 2011 | ISBN: 9780195342161
Published online September 2012 | | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/oxfordhb/9780195342161.013.0024

Series: Oxford Library of Psychology

 Staying in Control: The Neural Basis of Self-Regulation and Its Failure

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This chapter focuses on the brain systems that underlie both successful and unsuccessful attempts at regulating thoughts, behaviors, desires, and emotions. The prefrontal cortex (PFC) has been theorized to participate in a host of regulatory activities such as top-down processing and executive function. Here, the concern primarily is with its role in self-regulation; that is in controlling social behavior, thoughts, emotions, and in curtailing desires and cravings.

Keywords: self-regulation; emotion regulation; thought suppression; executive function; cognitive control; self; prefrontal cortex; anterior cingulate cortex; neuropsychology

Article.  13723 words. 

Subjects: Psychology ; Cognitive Neuroscience ; Social Psychology

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