How to Boost Your Appetite for Challenge

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When given the choice between a difficult task and an easy task, it’s natural to expect that people will choose the easy one. In daily life and in most scientific work, effort is typically conceptualized as a cost. Brain imaging studies, for example, often look at how the brain trades off effort-related costs against reward-related benefits each time we make a choice.

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Erman Misirlisoy, PhD

Erman Misirlisoy, PhD

Neuroscientist writing about brains, behavior, & health. Sign up for my free newsletter on the science of well-being: erman.substack.com