We’ve already shared that pretty people with big heads who play video games and don’t smoke are more intelligent than their less attractive, small headed, non-smoking, non-gaming counterparts but today it scientists have revealed a new factor in the brain’s ability to make decisions. Urine.
That’s right! Dutch researchers studied participants’ impulse control after making them drink 5 cups of water. They gave participants a choice between a small, but immediate reward or a larger, but delayed reward and found that the participants who needed to pee were able to delay gratification and choose the larger of the 2 rewards.
Researchers believe that the need to urinate activates areas in the brain responsible for impulse control and that control flows (pardon the reference) into other concurrent issues.
According to Dr. Mirjam Tuk:
“People are more able to control their impulses for short term pleasures and choose more often an option which is more beneficial in the long run,” she said.
“The brain area sending this signal, is activated not only for bladder control, but for all sorts of control.”
So, the next time you want to make a better decision- hold your pee.
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Editor’s Note: Breanne Harris is the Solutions Architect for Pearson TalentLens. She works with customers to design selection and development plans that incorporate critical thinking assessments and training. She has a Master’s degree in Organizational Psychology and has experience in recruiting, training, and HR consulting. She is the chief blogger for Critical Thinkers and occasionally posts at ThinkWatson. Connect with her on LinkedIn and Twitter for more of her thoughts.