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Effort: A Behavioral Neuroscience Perspective on the Will / Edition 1

Effort: A Behavioral Neuroscience Perspective on the Will / Edition 1

by Jay Schulkin
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In Effort: A Behavioral Neuroscience Perspective on the Will, author Jay Schulkin presents a two-fold thesis: there is no absolute separation of the cognitive and non-cognitive brain, and there are diverse cognitive systems, many of which are embodied in motor systems that underlie self-regulation. Central to this thesis is that dopamine is the one neurotransmitter that underlies the diverse senses of effort, and is apparent in most everyday activity, whether solving a problem in our head or moving about.

As scientific literature abounds with studies of decision-making and effort, this book emphasizes the importance of demythologizing our understanding of cognitive systems in order to link motivation, behavioral inhibition, self-regulation, and will.

Effort will benefit researchers and students in neuroscience, behavioral neuroscience, cognitive psychology, clinical psychology, social psychology, as well as anyone with interest in this topic.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780805860092
Publisher: Taylor & Francis
Publication date: 07/01/2006
Pages: 198
Product dimensions: 5.50(w) x 8.50(h) x 0.70(d)

Table of Contents

Contents: Preface. Introduction: Self-Preservation and Effort. Neuroscience and Interdisciplinary Inquiry. Central Motive States. Willing to Believe: Reenvisioning Cognitive/Motor Control. Self-Control and Behavioral Inhibition. Afflictions. Choice, Control, and the Brain. Conclusion: An Understanding of Effort and the Will.

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