Why Overthinking Is Holding You Back

The slow learners kept two “cognitive control centers” — the frontal cortex and the anterior cingulate cortex — active longer than participants who learned more quickly. These parts of the brain, which are usually used for devising and carrying out plans, high-level thinking and avoiding of errors, can be helpful when tackling complex tasks. But they can be hurdles to completing very basic ones.

Scientists aren’t yet sure how people can shut down these strategic brain regions when they don’t need them, but further research into this phenomenon may yield benefits for natural chronic overthinkers.

via Why Overthinking Is Holding You Back.

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