Do children have self-control? MRI research shows they just need a little more neural activation to control their own behaviour than adults. Watch the video blog on intentional inhibition in normally developing children.
It is quite difficult to research how people suppress their impulses. Basically, if people decide not to do something they initially wanted to do, then there is no behaviour for the researcher to analyze. By analyzing brain activity, PhD Candidate Margot Schel has found a way to show that even kids can already decide not to act on their impulses. And this ‘intentional inhibition’ only gets more efficient when growing up. Margot will defend her thesis on 22 January 2015. Watch her video blog!