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Why You Can’t Stop a Mistaken Action After You’ve Started

Even though you know it’s wrong:

‘According to a recent study conducted by Johns Hopkins University neuroscientists, and published in the journal Neuron, we only have a few milliseconds to change our minds and stop our actions after the initial go-ahead signal sent by our brains. That’s why we often know we’re making a mistake while it happens. Previously, scientists thought that only one region of the brain was active when people attempted to alter course, but they’ve now realized that halting yourself in such a way requires speedy choreography between several different areas of your brain, and as we age that becomes more difficult. As senior author Susan Courtney points out, three areas of the brain have to communicate successfully in order for us to stop—including the “oops” area of the brain where Courtney says we continue to conclude what we should have done—and the whole process has to happen very quickly…’

Via Lifehacker

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