Grants-in-Aid for Scientific Research (KAKENHI) on Innovative Area

Creation and Promotion of WILLDYNAMICS


Revealing the mechanism of WILLPOWER

To live a creative and active life, it is essential to have a high willpower: an ability to make an effort to overcome difficulties to achieve goals. The reward system, executive function controlled by the prefrontal cortex, etc. may be involved, but details of the neuroscientific mechanism of the willpower, a unique function of human, is unknown. This research area aims to reveal the mechanism of this mental function, and the impact of social/internal environment on willpower.

Members of Planned Research

Neuroscience of willpower

  • Takeshi Sakurai
  • Yasuomi Ouchi

Internal environment including endocrine system,
metabolic abnormalities, intestinal bacterial flora,
and presence of chronic inflammation

  • Akio Inui
  • Takahiro A. Kato

Growth and external environment including
education, society, exercise, diet and sleep

  • Hideaki Soya
  • Ayumi Tanaka

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