Professor Edward Wasserman Department of Psychological and Brain Sciences, University of Iowa
Procrastination is a familiar and widely discussed proclivity: postponing tasks that can be done earlier. Precrastination is a lesser known and explored tendency: completing tasks quickly just to get them done sooner. Recent research suggests that precrastination may represent an important penchant that can be observed in both people and animals. I review evidence concerned with precrastination and connect that evidence with a long history of interest in anticipatory learning, distance reception, and brain evolution. I go on to encompass several related topics including impulsivity, planning, and self-control.
Precrastination may be a new term in the psychological lexicon, but it may be a predisposition with an extended evolutionary history. Placing precrastination within the general rubric of anticipatory action may yield important insights into both adaptive and maladaptive behaviour.
|Date||Monday, 10 December 2018|
|Time||12:00pm - 1:00pm|
William James Seminar Room 103, William James Building, 275 Leith Walk, Otago Campus
|Contact Phone||+64 3 479 6542|