Advice telling us to “live in the moment” may ask the impossible, say neuroscientists who have pinpointed a brain area responsible for using past decisions and outcomes to guide future behavior.
“Why aren’t our thoughts independent of each other? Why don’t we just live in the moment? For a healthy person, it’s impossible to live in the moment,” says University of Pittsburgh’s Marc Sommer.
“It’s a nice thing to say in terms of seizing the day and enjoying life, but our inner lives and experiences are much richer than that.”
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