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Study reveals how the brain decides to make an effort

Emory - 5/22/18
From deciding to quit hitting the snooze button and get out of bed in the morning to opting to switch off the TV and prepare for sleep at night, the mind weighs the costs versus benefits of each choice we make. A new study reveals the mechanics of how the brain makes such effortful decisions, calculating whether it is worth expending effort in exchange for potential rewards.
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Study Looks at How the Brain Judges Fault and Punishment

NPR - 8/5/14
How do we decide punishment? A new brain imaging study published by Nature Neuroscience looked at how our brains choose punishments based on guilt.
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The Neuroscience of Effort

Wired - 5/17/12
While writing this post, I will get bored. I will get tired of looking at these words and crave a distraction. And so I will click away from this page and head somewhere else, amusing myself with a totally irrelevant website.
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Brain’s Dopamine May Explain Why Some Are Slackers At Work

CBS News - 5/2/12
Brain chemistry might explain why some workers are "go-getters" and others are "slackers," a new study shows. The study found people who just won't give up when working may be aided along by extra dopamine in the brain's motivation centers...
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The Brain Chemical That Could Make You a Better Worker

MarketPlace - 5/2/12
So we all know that some people are more motivated to work hard than others -- whether in school or at the office. Well, a new study has discovered a possible clue as to what sets the worker bees apart from the frequent snack-break takers.
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Slacker or Go-Getter? Brain Chemical May Tell

LiveScience - 5/1/12
What gives you the motivation to go the extra mile for a promotion or a perfect test score? It may be your levels of a brain chemical called dopamine. Researchers have found amounts of this chemical in three brain regions determine if a person...
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Lab News


August 2018
We are pleased to welcome first-year graduate students Victoria Lawlor and Shosuke Suzuki to the Tread Lab!

June 2018
Congratulations to Shabnam Hossein for receiving SSCP student poster award at APS!

May 2018
Congratulations to Amanda Arulpragasam for publishing her master's thesis project in PNAS! Congratulations to Jessica Cooper for receiving an NRSA post-doctoral research fellowship from NIH!

July 2017
Congratulations to Drew Teer for receiving a research award from the International Society for the Study of Trauma and Dissociation!

January 2017
Congratulations to Michael Treadway for being selected as a 2016 Rising Star by the Association for Psychological Science (APS)!