|Anterior Cingulate Cortex (highlighted)|
What makes one person persevere in the face of all odds, whereas another might have quit long before?
Julianne Chiaet of Scientific American reports that the "will to persevere can be triggered by electrical stimulation." Of what? Of "a particular neuronal
network" that links an area of the frontal brain (anterior midcingulate cortex) which is "involved in processing executive functions" to many other parts of the brain…
In other words, perseverance is not just rooted in one brain region, but is a coordinated effort of different brain components. This was indicated by neurologist Josef Parvizi, along with other researchers from the Stanford School of Medicine.
Parvizi and his team are hoping that their findings can help pave the way towards neurological therapies that
can strengthen the will to persevere. Depressed people, for example, might benefit greatly from such therapies.
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