Extract: “… impulsivity may not simply be due to how long people are willing to wait for gratification. A recent study by a team of researchers at Washington University in St. Louis found that when people waited for a reward, patient people were seen—through the lens of a functional magnetic resonance imaging (fMRI) machine—imagining the future. In more patient people, the researchers observed increased activity in the region of the brain that helps you think about the future (the anterior prefrontal cortex). The patient individuals, it seems, devoted more energy to imagining receiving their reward later.
ABOUT THE AUTHOR(S)
Melanie Bauer is a graduate student in psychology at Washington University in St. Louis studying cognitive aging. She will write her dissertation on informal science education, and has also contributed to The Open Notebook. Connect with Melanie at melaniesbauer.weebly.com or on Twitter @MelanieSBauer.
Hypnotherapy offers techniques which can help us train our imagination, develop the skill of directing our imagery to our advantadge. A skill that can become useful, for example, when trying to make our imagery of the future more focused and detailed, as it is suggested in this article.