Pragma Synesi – interesting bits

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

One Simple Way to Make a New Healthy Habit Stick

Research says, do it right after you wake up in the morning.  Your cortisol levels, which are highest in the morning, seem to make the transition from “chore” to “habit” easier.  Details:

One Simple Way to Make a New Healthy Habit Stick

Amanda MacMillan | Oct 26, 2017 | Time

October 30, 2017 Posted by | behaviour, health | , , | Leave a comment

Addiction seen as a habit

An interesting perspective on addiction.  Has a very good section on explaining the science of habit-formation. A long read, but if you ever struggled with addiction, depression, anxiety or just a bad habit, it’s worth reading it just to see it from a different point of view.

The addiction habit

Addiction changes the brain but it’s not a disease that can be cured with medicine. In fact, it’s learned – like a habit

Marc Lewis | 14 December, 2016 | aeon

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December 30, 2016 Posted by | behaviour, brain, psychology | , , , , , | Leave a comment

The scientists who make apps addictive

A must-read.

The scientists who make apps addictive

Ian Leslie | October/November 2016 | The Economist 1843

Tech companies use the insights of behaviour design to keep us returning to their products. But some of the psychologists who developed the science of persuasion are worried about how it is being used

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October 24, 2016 Posted by | behaviour, decision making, psychology | , , , , , , | Leave a comment

What kind of habit keeps you exercising?

The kind that is based on a cue and is done automatically without any thought, called instigation habit:

Here’s the Best Way to Make Your Exercise Habit Stick

Mandy Oaklander | July 9, 2015 | Time

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October 30, 2015 Posted by | behaviour, fitness, health, psychology | , , | 1 Comment