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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Jesse welcomes you aboard the first episode of 2016.
This Week In Neuroscience:Long term memory and sleep.
The audience interaction section.
Jesse introduces Dr. Jen Labrecque.
A little bit of background on habits.
Definition of habits.
Quitting a bad habit vs forming a new good habit.
Mechanism of habits and addiction within our brain.
Willpower as a deplete able resource.
Goals vs resolutions.
Complexity of behavior and habits.
Environmental cues and habits.
Optimum method to develop new habits.
Time required to establish a new habit.
The Popcorn Study.
Conclusion and actionable takeaways.
Ruthless Listener Retention Gimmick: Jesse's New Year resolution.