For Self-Control, Try a Dog Biscuit?

New research indicates that dogs and humans have some things in common in the willpower department. Psychologists found that for dogs, as for humans, “self-control is a limited resource, one that can and does get depleted.” The researchers found another similarity. Dogs given a “glucose drink” exhibited more self-control; blood-sugar levels have been linked to self-control in humans as well. Holly C. Miller, the study’s lead researcher, believes the findings have implications for human self-control: “People can control their own behavior. When they fail, it is not because they are terrible or weak; it is because they are depleted.” [%comments]

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  1. Traciatim says:

    “Sorry Officer, I’ll slow down, it’s just I lack self control because I skipped my cookie this morning.”

    I’m sure that will go over well. :)

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  2. AaronS says:

    Well, this explains the vicious cycle I am caught in!

    I simply cannot control myself when it comes to Hershey’s Chocolate with Almonds–it seems I don’t have enough blood sugar.

    Then, when I’ve done the deed, I have enough blood sugar to resist–but too late!

    http://whyistoppedpayingmycreditcardbills.blogspot.com/

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  3. Nosybear says:

    I’ve known self-control doesn’t work since quitting smoking. I tried the self-control route numerous times with no success. Then I became aware of the power of choice. There is no willpower, no self-control, there is only a choice, in this case, not to smoke, made hundreds of times that first day, then fewer over time. I’ve been smoke-free for nine years and still maintain there’s no such thing as willpower or self-control. There are only choices. Whether a dog can choose or not I don’t know, I only know what happens in humans: We choose.

    Oh, blood sugar helps, perhaps that’s why ex-smokers gain weight?

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  4. SnotRag Dave says:

    I have to go along with the ‘blood-sugar/self-control’ meme.

    Grabbing a Snickers mid-afternoon usually prevents me from overindulging in dessert that same evening. The sugar & chocolate fix also provides a metabolic boost to help stave off the late afternoon drowsies.

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