Neural mechanisms underlying the impact of daylong cognitive work on economic decisions

  title={Neural mechanisms underlying the impact of daylong cognitive work on economic decisions},
  author={Bastien Blain and Guillaume Hollard and Mathias Pessiglione},
  journal={Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences},
  pages={6967 - 6972}
Significance In evolved species, resisting the temptation of immediate rewards is a critical ability for the achievement of long-term goals. This self-control ability was found to rely on the lateral prefrontal cortex (LPFC), which also is involved in executive control processes such as working memory or task switching. Here we show that self-control capacity can be altered in healthy humans at the time scale of a workday, by performing difficult executive control tasks. This fatigue effect… 

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