Category Archives: Academic Article Review

Controlling Habits in a Post Ego-Depletion landscape!

WTF? What on earth am I talking about, you may well ask? Firstly let’s talk ego depletion.  What on earth is it?  Well …..  it turns out (or does it?) that we have a finite amount of willpower and when we have to use our willpower over time, said will power will run out.  Like […]

Habits Big & Small: Flossing Investigated

This post is a summary of some research on flossing.  Before you yawn and go to sleep – think – what can be learnt from flossing about other habits and hence building a better life? At the start of the article Judah and his mates remind us of some of the things we have learnt […]

How are Habits Formed?

When behaviors are repeated in consistent settings (places, times, with certain peeps, etc.) they become automatic responses, that is, they become habits. So how do habits form? How long do they take to form? How is this different with each person? And how important is reward (or reinforcement) in this process? Let’s talk rewards first […]

Changing Circumstance, Disrupting Habits

Habits are Automatic How much did you today that was simply a repetition of yesterday?  Was your breakfast similar? Maybe it was different but you sat in the same chair or ate it at the same time? What about the order of your morning ablutions? The route you took to work?  The irresistible snack you […]

It’s not Rocket Science: 34 tips to an evidence based life well lived

Confused by conflicting health advice? Not sure if you should cook your kale in coconut oil or sweep it all in the rubbish bin (coconut oil is nice and slippery like that). Well I have some shocking news, it’s acutally not that hard or confusing, there is more agreement and good science than confusion and […]

Red meat and death etc – again! Were our ancestors really so smart?

A fascinating study published recently is definitely worth a read in this day of low carb high fat diet trends. The study followed over half a million americans aged 58 to 71 years, for 16 years.  That is MASSIVE in terms of a sample size for research. Of course many of them were dead by […]