Why Do We Procrastinate? Scientists Pinpoint 2 Explanations in the Brain – Inverse


In early July, a team of German researchers showed that procrastination’s root cause is not sheer laziness or lack of discipline but rather, a surprising factor deep in the brain. In the strange study published in Social Cognitive and Affective Neuroscience, scientists at Ruhr University Bochum argue that the urge to procrastinate is governed by your genes. “To my knowledge, our study is the first to investigate the genetic influences on the tendency to procrastinate, ” first author and biopsychology researcher Caroline Schlüter, Ph.D., tells Inverse.

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