Pragma Synesi – interesting bits

Compendium of interesting bits I come across, with an occasional IMHO

Self-control may not equate success

From the January-February 2013 issue of Discover Magazine

Why Kids Make Rash Decisions

Contrary to popular psychological theory, self-control may not equate success.

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April 13, 2013 Posted by | behaviour, decision making, psychology | , , , | Leave a comment

Are you a born retirement saver?

Interesting argument for nature rather than nurture when it comes to saving for retirement. From MarketWatch, April 2, 2013:

Are you a born retirement saver?

Yes—if you exercise, eat healthy and read labels

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April 10, 2013 Posted by | behaviour, decision making, investing | , , , , | Leave a comment

How to Avoid the Temptations of Immediate Gratification

Recent research linked  impulsivity with a lack of future thinking. Want to avoid a temptation? Focus on imagining a concrete, un-fuzzy future with positive attributes instead.  From Scientific American, January 15, 2013:

How to Avoid the Temptations of Immediate Gratification

Neuroscience hints at the power of imagining the future

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January 19, 2013 Posted by | behaviour, brain, neuroeconomics, neuroscience, psychology | , , , , | 1 Comment

Secrets of self-control

Whether it’s weight loss or anything else that requires self-control, the article below explains the key to success: avoidance, distraction and reframing.  A must read.

From the Globe and Mail, January 1, 2008:

Losing weight: the secrets of self-control


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September 16, 2009 Posted by | behaviour, decision making, diet, health, nutrition | , , , , , | 1 Comment

Delay gratification to succeed

The better you are at delaying gratification, the more successful you are. And it looks like you may be able to learn it.

From the New Yorker:


The secret of self-control.

by Jonah Lehrer

May 18, 2009

Children who are able to pass the marshmallow test enjoy greater success as adults.

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May 12, 2009 Posted by | behaviour, brain, decision making, psychology | , , , , , | Leave a comment