Imagine an afternoon of work and / or study. Take a moment where your brain says enough, it is impossible to concentrate and not worth trying, because it will be a waste of time anyway. No papers focus or computer, or even approaching it we did not notice anything at all. Does it sound this situation? This is what happens when your brain tells you have to rest and that the work we have left and it will finish later.
Just this situation that I just described is that studied in research published in Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, which explains that our brain’s decision to “take a break” depends on a particular stimulus signal, where our muscles are crying rest or our brain refuses, literally, to pay attention to what we are doing at the time. It’s his way of asking us to rest and take some air and then continue our work.
This signal is preset in our brain. To carry out multiple factors are involved, such as the amount of effort we are undertaking, or the reward we get for that effort. The larger and smaller reward the effort we are making, the more likely we are to continue our work without our precious brain complains. Makes sense, right? It appears that the brain is constantly calibrating the “breaking point” to get our attention and ask for a break. (more…)