Neural correlates of procrastination (National Science Centre HS6/03015)
Project Leader: Marek Wypych, Phd


Procrastination is a failure of self-regulation in which people delay some actions despite knowing that their behavior will lead to discomfort. The problem is very common - it is estimated that 15-20% of a total population, is affected by problem of procrastination. Postponing tasks leads to a significant decrease of the level of performance and affects the satisfaction of achievements and quality of life. Negative effects of procrastination are also noticed in the field of economics and in health care due to delayed seeking of treatment. Despite a number of research, mechanisms underlying procrastination are still not known – neither on the level of psychological theories, nor on the level of brain activity. The project will be realized in LOBI and will base both on questionnaire and neuroimaging (sMRI, fMRI) methods. We assume that the obtained results will bring us closer to understanding of neural circuits involved in procrastination. In the further perspective, the collected experimental data may also contribute to the development of new, more effective strategies for overcoming procrastination.