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".
- 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)
- Thoughts and Reference would be greatly appreciated