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Study Reveals Brain Biology Behind Self-Control

Education Week
A new neuroscience twist on a classic psychology study offers some clues to what makes one student able to buckle down for hours of homework before a test while his classmates party. The study, published in this month's edition of Proceedings of the National Academy of Science, suggests environmental cues may "hijack" the brain's mechanisms of self-control in some people and some circumstances. The findings add to a growing body of research suggesting that a student's ability to delay gratification can be as important to academic success as his or her intelligence — and that educators may soon know how to teach it.

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