Neural bases of self-control and adaptive behavior


Influential research suggests that exercising self-control depletes a limited cognitive resource, of unclear identity.

But a slack in performance needs not invoke resource depletion: rational behavior requires constant learning about the statistical and causal structures of the environment.

This project investigates how exercising self-control may shape that adaptive learning and lead to observed “depletion-like” effects, without resorting to a limited resource explanation.