Probing the Heritability of Procrastination and Impulsivity

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Genetic-and-mankind-SS-e1396941699571New research suggests procrastination and impulsivity are genetically linked, with the two traits stemming from similar evolutionary origins.

According to researchers, their findings indicate the traits are related to our ability to successfully pursue and juggle goals.

“Everyone procrastinates at least sometimes, but we wanted to explore why some people procrastinate more than others and why procrastinators seem more likely to make rash actions and act without thinking,” said psychological scientist and study author Daniel Gustavson, Ph.D., of the University of Colorado Boulder.

“Answering why that’s the case would give us some interesting insights into what procrastination is, why it occurs, and how to minimize it.”

As published in the journal Psychological Science, from an evolutionary standpoint, impulsivity makes sense: Our ancestors should have been inclined to seek immediate rewards when the next day was uncertain.

Procrastination, on the other hand, may have emerged more recently in human history. That…

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