Michael Inzlicht has a program of research which consists of three related lines of research, characterized by the integration of social, neuroaffective, and psychophysiological approaches. The major focus of his lab is on the neuroscience and psychology of self-control, investigating the function, role, and psychological correlates of one of the brain’s major nodes of executive control, the anterior cingulate cortex (ACC). This is a part of the brain located in the medial prefrontal cortex and indexed by an electroencephalographic (EEG) signal called the error-related negativity (ERN). By studying the ACC and the ERN, Dr. Inzlicht is gaining a better understanding of how self-control works and why it so often fails.
Social neuroscience, self-control, emotion, and motivation.