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Why We Can’t Live in the Moment - Psych Central News

Why We Can’t Live in the Moment   - Psych Central News | Mom Psych | Scoop.it

The sought-after ideal of “living in the moment” may be impossible, according to research conducted at the University of Pittsburgh, which pinpoints an area of the brain responsible for using past decisions and outcomes to guide future behavior.

 

The study analyzes signals associated with metacognition, which is a person’s ability to monitor and control cognition — a term described by the researchers as “thinking about thinking.”


“For a healthy person, it’s impossible to live in the moment. It’s a nice thing to say in terms of seizing the day and enjoying life, but our inner lives and experiences are much richer than that.”

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Metacognition: I know (or don't know) that I know

Metacognition: I know (or don't know) that I know | Mom Psych | Scoop.it

At New York University, Sir Henry Wellcome Postdoctoral Fellow Dr. Steve Fleming is exploring the neural basis of metacognition: how we think about thinking, and how we assess the accuracy of our decisions, judgements and other aspects of our mental performance.


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Are humans too optimistic for their own good?

Are humans too optimistic for their own good? | Mom Psych | Scoop.it

[G. Stepp: The short answer is "No." I hate headlines like this because it's not really a matter of "too" or "not enough." Judging from the levels of anxiety and depression in Western  societies, most people could probably stand to use their capacity for positive bias to greater effect. Negative bias contributes greatly to depression and anxiety. But there is a trick to knowing when to curb which biases, and finding it begins with "metacognition," a fancy word  for "thinking about how you're thinking."]

 

 

We humans are a hopeful bunch — so hopeful, in fact, that our views of the future are often irrationally positive. But at what point does unflagging optimism become detrimental to our progress and success?

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