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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