We all have goals, and we all face temptations that get in the way. So what’s happening in the brain when we act in a manner that isn’t in accordance with who we want to be? Computers don’t have these problems, but being human can be tough. In the previous two episodes we exposed the rivaling networks battling it out under the surface. Today we’re going to talk about the gap between what you intend to do and what you actually do when temptation is there.

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More Information:
Eagleman DM. Incognito. Canongate Canons, 2016.

Eagleman DM. (2016). The Brain: The Story of You. Canongate Books.

Radiolab Podcast – You v. You (2008)

PBS: The Brain with David Eagleman – The Ulysses Contract

Eagleman DM (2009). America on Deadline. New York Times. Dec 3, 2009.

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