Brain Health,

#109: Habit

January 01, 2016

Habit is the topic at hand for our inaugural episode of 2016.  Postdoctoral Research Associate Jen Labrecque joins Jesse for an in-depth look at habit and human behavior.  Tune in to find out more about habit formation, the power of environmental cues, and ideal ways to implement changes in your habits — for New Years Resolutions and beyond.

Elsewhere in the episode, Jesse offers some good news for those who want to boost their long-term memory without supplements, without mnemonic tricks, and without extra time for sleep.  Is this even possible?  According to new research: Yes.  And it’s surprisingly simple — but you’ll have to listen to find out.

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Show Notes
  • 00:00:41

    Jesse welcomes you aboard the first episode of 2016.

  • 00:01:38

    This Week In Neuroscience:Long term memory and sleep.

  • 00:03:29

    The audience interaction section.

  • 00:05:41

    Jesse introduces Dr. Jen Labrecque.

  • 00:06:56

    A little bit of background on habits.

  • 00:07:35

    Definition of habits.

  • 00:10:10

    Quitting a bad habit vs forming a new good habit.

  • 00:12:09

    Mechanism of habits and addiction within our brain.

  • 00:13:21

    Willpower as a deplete able resource.

  • 00:16:06

    Goals vs resolutions.

  • 00:18:27

    Complexity of behavior and habits.

  • 00:20:46

    Environmental cues and habits.

  • 00:22:38

    Optimum method to develop new habits.

  • 00:23:52

    Time required to establish a new habit.

  • 00:26:38

    The Popcorn Study.

  • 00:28:23

    Conclusion and actionable takeaways.

  • 00:31:23

    Ruthless Listener Retention Gimmick: Jesse's New Year resolution.

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