The left dorsolateral prefrontal cortex (Ldlpfc) and the ventromedial prefrontal cortex (vmpfc) has been identified as having some positive functional correlation to procrastination.

From what I gather, this is because

  • the left-lateral PFC tends to be implicated in "go" / "stay" tasks.
  • The L-dlpfc is a target in brain stimulation for anxiety, to increase contentedness and decrease negative fixation (citations below)

Lets assume two things:

  • definition: "procrastinating IS DOING something enjoyable at the expense of something more necessary in the longer term"
  • definition: "avoidance is NOT DOING something which is necessary in the long term".

Clearly these two notions overlap: procrastination is avoidance (because procrastination = avoidance + preferred or distracting activity.

QUESTIONS: It seems like pure avoidance is more akin to "can't-go" and procrastination to the "can't-not-go".

  1. Is there any reason to think that increased right-lateralization of brain activity (which may help the procrastinator) will not help the avoider?(since this “can’t-go” network is already hyper-active during avoidance and no-go task)
  2. Thoughts and Reference would be greatly appreciated

Identifying the Neural Substrates of Procrastination(nih.gov)

direct current stimulation over right dorsolateral prefrontal cortex alters decision making during approach-avoidance conflict (nih.gov)


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