Select category

Academics

Formularz wyszukiwania na belce: Studia

location:
level of study:
discipline:
study mode:
class format:

If you haven’t found what you are looking for, enter the desired phrase in the field below and we will help you find it

Research projects

Formularz wyszukiwania na belce: Badania i projekty

location:
research center:
discipline:

If you haven’t found what you are looking for, enter the desired phrase in the field below and we will help you find it

Academic Staff

Formularz wyszukiwania na belce: Nasi naukowcy

location:
discipline:

If you haven’t found what you are looking for, enter the desired phrase in the field below and we will help you find it

Events

Formularz wyszukiwania na belce: Wydarzenia

type:
location:

Contact

location:
category:

If you haven’t found what you are looking for, enter the desired phrase in the field below and we will help you find it

Szukasz czegoś zupełnie innego? Sprawdź, może się gdzieś ukryło na naszej stronie

Formularz wyszukiwania na belce: Inne (tekstowe)

Are you looking for something else? Tell us what it is and we will try to find it!
Uniwersytet SWPS - Logo

Procrastination vs. cognitive control

Who is prone to procrastination? What kind of cognitive deficits are associated with this behavior and what are their consequences? Researchers from SWPS University’s Laboratory of Affective Neuroscience studied the differences in proactive and reactive activation of cognitive control among students with different procrastination levels. Find out what they have discovered.

#procrastination #cognitive control #neurophysiology

What we researched:

  • The effect of procrastination levels on decreased preparatory activation and cognitive control among students.

How we did it:

  • To measure the level of procrastination, the researchers used the Polish version of the Aitken Procrastination Inventory (API: Aitken, 1982), which consists of 19 items with a 5-point Likert scale response format. Students (N = 1968) from different universities and colleges in Poznań completed the API. Of this sample, based on the standard deviation of the mean result in API, the research team selected 80 participants for high and 80 for low procrastination groups. Later, the researchers excluded participants with psychiatric or neurological disorders as well as uncorrected vision, so the final sample consisted of 139 participants.

Why is it important:

  • Because the study has shown that people exhibiting a high procrastination level might present lower proactive control engagement compared to those with a low procrastination level.

Apart from lower values of some of the proactive control indices, high procrastinators also showed slower reactions throughout the task, which might result from inattention to cues and decreased preparatory activation before probe presentation.

BIO Jaroslaw Michalowski
Jarosław Michałowski, Ph.D./Associate Professor
Co-author of the study, Head of the Laboratory of Affective Neuroscience