Cortical Subcortical conflict generates limbic friction

Limbic friction is a concept introduced by Andrew Huberman which refers to the routine conflict between low-level instinctive drives manifested in subcortical areas and high-level cognitive drives manifested in the neocortex. This contrast is made vivid in the brain as monkey and supercomputer metaphor. Even though this notion unquestioningly subscribes to the anatomical dichotomy of cortical/subcortical being superimposed on cognitive function, it successfully highlights the demanding conflict between goals at those different levels. Moreover, it seems like systematically rewarding top-down effort helps develop endurance to limbic friction.

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