Friday, September 30, 2011

Psychological Procrastination? Or Physiological Procrastination?

What subject could ever be more appropriate than "Procrastination" for the way I have (or more honest to say:"have not") given attention to my blog? But wait a minute before you roll your eyes and click that 'X' up there in the corner! I will use "Justification"(just a big word for an excuse)and try to convince everyone that it's my "Prefrontal Cortex" who is the "Procrastinater". I'll explain later on in this post, when I get to the Physiological subject.

But first I will give my opinion of the theoretical "Psychological causes of procrastination" that could be a fun subject to debate. Some of the things that I have read talk about issues of anxiety, low sense of self-worth, and a self-defeating mentality. Even "Neuroticism" is mentioned in some articles, but I don't see any connection to any of those issues. I think it's a normal human function to procrastinate from time to time without causing any real problems....But when it becomes a destructive force that causes problems that will eventually produce the symptoms of anxiety,low sense of self and so on...That's where I believe the "Physiological Procrastination" needs to be considered.

The area of the brain that is responsible for executive brain functions such as planning, impulse control, attention, and acts as a filter by decreasing distracting stimuli from other brain regions is....BINGO! The Prefrontal Cortex! It's not a theory that damage or low activation in this area can reduce an individual's ability to filter out distracting stimuli, ultimately resulting in poorer organization, a loss of attention and increased procrastination. This is similar to the prefrontal lobe's role in attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder, where underactivation is common....and...That's a Fact! So as I promised in my last blog post,I gave my interpretation of some of the things I read about. Even though I did procrastinate. :)

Tuesday, March 1, 2011

Does It Really Matter?

That's the question I have been asking myself lately. I already know I have brain damage. I already know I have the symptoms that make me a "Clinical Profile" of ADHD. So there it is, the answer to the question that is the name of my blog. But.....Does it really matter? Does it help me or anyone else to know that? There is already a significant number of blogs out there that deal with both of these subjects.

I need to decide what I need to focus on, or not focus on either subject in my blog. Lately I have been reading real books, (you know the kind that have real paper pages and don't require electricity or the Two of these books are heavy used textbooks>"Understanding Psychology" and "Modern Biology". Both of these books explain how neurons work in detail. Along with genetics and so many other things that relate to how the brain works and the conflicting theories that Dr.'s have debated on.

So I will be posting more articles that have to do with my interpretation of written material that deal with brain function and behaviour.