Posts tagged habit formation
​A lot of “behavior change” problems are just health problems in disguise

We know from neuroimaging studies that sleep has a massive impact on a part of the brain called the prefrontal cortex—which sits right above the eyes. It’s in charge of something called “executive function”, the conscious control of our actions and thoughts.

So sleep deprived individuals are going to have a diminished ability to inhibit unwanted thoughts and control their focus of attention.

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Cheaper ways to change (than moving)

After the last article, I received a bunch of stories from readers. Some of you wrote me about your experiences “wiping the slate clean”, while others regaled me with tales of transformation after moving to a new city.

But I also received a couple of notes from people asking me whether there’s a less intense, more cost-effective way of shaking things up and building new habits.

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The dirty truth about habits

A few months ago, I was asked to speak to a class at the Stanford Graduate School of Business. The topic? Habit formation.

The instructor wanted me to give the class some valuable applied behavioral science research they could use to be more successful in their careers, so I decided to give them the lowdown (the real dirt) on habits.

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