In Effort: A Behavioral Neuroscience Perspective on the Will, author Jay Schulkin presents a two-fold thesis: there is no absolute separation of the cognitive and non-cognitive brain, and there are diverse cognitive systems, many of which are embodied in motor systems that underlie self-regulation. Central to this thesis is that dopamine is the one neurotransmitter that underlies the diverse senses of effort, and is apparent in most everyday activity, whether solving a problem in our head or moving about.
As scientific literature abounds with studies of decision-making and effort, this book emphasizes the importance of demythologizing our understanding of cognitive systems in order to link motivation, behavioral inhibition, self-regulation, and will.
Effort will benefit researchers and students in neuroscience, behavioral neuroscience, cognitive psychology, clinical psychology, social psychology, as well as anyone with interest in this topic.
Table of Contents
Contents: Preface. Introduction: Self-Preservation and Effort. Neuroscience and Interdisciplinary Inquiry. Central Motive States. Willing to Believe: Reenvisioning Cognitive/Motor Control. Self-Control and Behavioral Inhibition. Afflictions. Choice, Control, and the Brain. Conclusion: An Understanding of Effort and the Will.
Jay Schulkin (Author)