Habitual Offenders

Habitual Offenders

In this series of articles I have been exploring how the neuropsychological theory of dual processing may belie some our most fundamental ways of being in the world. The way in which we process information has implications for all sorts of psychological functions, including memory, learning, attention, problem solving and social cognition…..

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New Year’s Resolutions

New Year’s Resolutions

It’s February. Memories of Christmas may be fading fast but in the New Year some things are undoubtedly still playing on our minds. Whether it’s a touch of guilt about festive over-indulgence or a sense of the significance of the New Year as a new opportunity, there are a number of reasons why many of us think about making New Year’s resolutions. Resolutions are important because give us an opportunity to improve ourselves for our own benefit and for the benefit of those….

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Actions and habits: Part II

Actions and habits: Part II

Last time I described differences between ACTIONS and HABITS. Actions are intentional which means we consciously identify a goal and then decide how we’re going to get it. These goals may change as our motivation changes (we shift from chips to cake part way through a three-course meal; we put a jumper on and then take it off as the temperature changes; we stop phoning a colleague when we’re told they are in a….

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Actions and habits: We Need You Both!

Actions and habits: We Need You Both!

We’re making a neuroscientific foray into hard-core science of the brain – delving into the world of rat brains and minds. Specifically, I am going to focus on a series of studies that have great relevance to understanding human behaviour. And you might even give little ratty a bit more respect afterwards too.

We often talk about habits. We say we’ve developed a bad habit. Or a good one. But what is a habit? And before we have got into the habit, how would we….

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