Epsiode 23: The Power to Resist

Epsiode 23: The Power to Resist

“In order to avoid buying those unnecessary items, don’t go shopping at those stores.” Says a financial adviser Michael Markey. But anyone who is not a stranger to temptations knows that it takes a lot to resist the holiday shopping season, starting with Black Friday to Cyber Monday and until the day-before Christmas eve, the online as well as brick and mortar retailers craft seductive deals to trap every eager consumer and last-minute shopper. For every ad, e-blast, and coupon that goes out into the cyber space, the self-help realm bulges with tips and suggestions for us to curtail powerful craving, desires, and temptations. Today, my guest Phil Zelazo, Ph.D. discusses two distinct systems – a top down a reflexive versus a bottom up more of a deliberate that blocks the onslaught of internal chatter and external distractions.

* This is Dr. Zelazo’s first Podcast where he discusses brain’s Executive system that is activated by engaging conscious awareness and deliberate intentionality.

About Philip Zelazo, Ph.D.


According to @PhilZelazo there’s a sweet spot between the autopilot and intentionality where we switch attention and become more deliberate in our actions. #FullPreFrontal Click To Tweet #PodcastInterview with @PhilZelazo. Executive function needs to be thought as a way of directing, managing and regulating attention. #ExecutiveFunction #FullPreFrontal Click To Tweet @PhilZelazo The Top Down system in the brain is more evolved and regulatory in nature. It’s the one that’s in charge of impulse control, cognitive control and self refrain #ExecutiveFunction #FullPreFrontal Click To Tweet


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Executive Function Specialist at Cerebral Matters
Sucheta Kamath, founder of private practice (Cerebral Matters®), is an expert in brain training & Executive Function development. She is a TEDx speaker and a recent graduate of the Leadership Atlanta class of 2015. Sucheta will be launching ExQ®, an educational software company that offers accessible, web-based learning management tools for all in Fall of 2019.

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