Researchers find clues to how the brain decides when to rest

Researchers find clues to how the brain decides when to rest

Researchers find clues to how the brain decides when to rest.

A team of researchers in France has found what they call a “signal” that tells a person when to rest while engaging in work, and then when to resume once rested.

Scientists studying how people make decisions regarding work have over time devised theories of cost versus benefit scenarios to describe what causes people to engage in work activities, or to not. Not so well studied is how people come to decide when it’s time to take a break. Some have suggested that some part of the brain is constantly engaged in weighing the costs of the work involved with potential rewards, and based on both creates a signal of sorts alerting the rest of the brain to when it’s time to pause. This new research supports that theory.