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Toronto researchers say finding our inner voice helps us exercise self-control

The Times of India reports on an innovative behavioural study conducted by University of Toronto Scarborough (UTSC) researchers. The Toronto scientists have collected evidence that suggests when we talk to ourselves before making a decision we exhibit greater self control and greater restrain from impulsive behaviour.  The study advances science's understanding of the workings of our inner voice.

"The research, carried out by the University of Toronto Scarborough, shows that inner voice plays an important role in controlling impulsive behaviour."

"We give ourselves messages all the time with the intent of controlling ourselves whether that's telling ourselves to keep running when we're tired, to stop eating even though we want one more slice of cake, or to refrain from blowing up on someone in an argument," says Alexa Tullett, lead author on the study."

"We wanted to find out whether talking to ourselves in this ''inner voice'' actually helps," Tullett added."

"Through a series of tests, we found that people acted more impulsively when they couldn't use their inner voice or talk themselves through the tasks," Inzlicht said. "

"Without being able to verbalize messages to themselves, they were not able to exercise the same amount of self control as when they could talk themselves through the process."

"Tullett said: "It's always been known that people have internal dialogues with themselves, but until now, we've never known what an important function they serve."

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original source Times of India
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