Large amygdala linked to procrastination?

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  1. Mycroft Jones

    Mycroft Jones The TM/FM Station Baron

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    Procrastination Is More About Managing Emotions Than Time, Says Study - Slashdot | https://science.slashdot.org/story/18/08/31/2345253/procrastination-is-more-about-managing-emotions-than-time-says-study

    How does this fit with what we already know about amygdala? I thought small amygdala meant you had a harder time coping. Now it is saying that large amygdala is dysfunctional? Because it is a sign of poor interconnection with the rest of the brain. Wouldn't that then be equivalent to a small amygdala.
     
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  2. glosoli

    glosoli Well-Known Member Typed

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    @Mycroft Jones My BS detector fired when I saw the words 'report from the BBC'.
    If it's Thallish to procrastinate (I think it is), because we like to ponder the meaning of life and just enjoy the planet too, it's just the sort of thing the BBC and its pseudo-scienmagics in Psychological Science are likely to denigrate.
     
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  3. Thalmoses

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    Procrastination can be productive:
    Procrastination Is More About Managing Emotions Than Time, Says Study - Slashdot | https://science.slashdot.org/comments.pl?sid=12556326&cid=57236690
    > Actually, it is my preferred approach to anything difficult that needs insight. The thing that happens is that some limited initial look at the problem subconscious keeps working on the problem and throws me ideas at a low rate. At some time I have everything needed for a good solution and can get to work very efficiently. I can start working on such things immediately, but it takes more work and the results are worse. Would not surprise me one bit if there were quite a few other people out there that use this approach as well.

    It can also be an indication of outside-the-box thinking and self-questioning.

    Nothing can be concluded from this study until it is known by what metric procrastination is measured. If it is merely self-reported, then it may be merely that a larger amygdala results in greater self-criticism.

    The paper is paywalled.

    Alternatively, the paper may have uncovered a genuine Thal dysfunction - that Thal amygdalas are sensitive to and alarmed by the dislocation from the ancestral environment, and lack the ability to cope without Cyborganize executive function support.

    Humanity is speeding off the cliff to extinction, and this study's criticism is that the Thal lacks a lead foot.
     
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  4. glosoli

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    I was reading a ZH article a couple of years ago, early 2016, and saw a comment under a post that referred to 'r/k theory'. I was probably in 'work research mode', but happily procrastinated for a while (just a few months), and here I am today as a result.

    The time for procrastination is nearly over.
     
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