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Precrastination, anticipation, and signalization: Implications for adaptive action

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
Audience Public
Event Category Sciences
Event Type Seminar

William James Seminar Room 103, William James Building, 275 Leith Walk, Otago Campus



Contact Name

Joanna Ling

Contact Phone+64 3 479 6542



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