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Applied lessons from the neuroscience of goals and behavior change

Our latest paper, in Consulting Psychology Journal, summarizes some practical lessons about goals, behavior change, and self-regulation that we’ve learned from neuroscience research. Read more below! Abstract The ways that people set, pursue, and eventually succeed or fail in accomplishing their … Continue reading

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How can behavioral economics inform behavior change?

Our latest paper asks how behavioral economics – and its catalogue of “anomalies” – can inform the study of health behavior and behavior change. Objective: Traditional models of health behaviour focus on the roles of cognitive, personality and social-cognitive constructs (e.g. executive … Continue reading

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Is self-control just choice?

Our new paper at Current Directions in Psychological Science asks whether self-control is “special,” or whether it is just like any other choice. We present a model for understanding and modeling self-control as value-based choice, and discuss the advantages that emerge from this approach. The … Continue reading

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DeStasio wins prestigious NSF award!

Congratulations to Krista DeStasio on earning a 2017 National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellowship Award! The GRFP is awarded to highly promising doctoral candidates in many scientific fields, and fully funds three years of graduate school. Congrats, Krista, on this … Continue reading

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Effects of stress on inhibitory control

Check out our new paper, led by grad student Leslie Roos, on the effects of acute stress on inhibitory control performance! The abstract is below: Identifying environmental influences on inhibitory control (IC) may help promote positive behavioral and social adjustment. … Continue reading

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Berkman Wins Early Career Award in Health Psychology

We have some great news! Professor Elliot Berkman received the 2017 Early Career Award from the Social Personality & Health Network for his work integrating social and personality psychology and health behavior research. Congrats, Dr. Berkman! The award was announced at the … Continue reading

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Text messaging to help smokers quit: Does personalization matter?

This is a guest post by Krista DeStasio about her recent paper, published in the Journal of Smoking Cessation. Changing habits and behaviors is hard. We can all think of a time that we set a goal – cutting down on … Continue reading

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Calcott wins APA award!

Good news! Graduate student Rebecca Calcott has been awarded a Dissertation Research Award from the American Psychological Association to support her project, “Cognitive Control: A Bridge Between Neurotransmitters and Real-World Behavior.” Congratulations, Rebecca!

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How mindfulness changes parenting

Here is a guest post by Lisa May about her recent paper, published in the journal Mindfulness. Relationship between parents and their adolescent children are notoriously rocky. Nonetheless, research shows that a warm, caring parent-child bond can protect kids from problems … Continue reading

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Hear Elliot on Self-control and Poverty on The Academic Minute

Listen to Elliot discuss his blog post about the effect of poverty on self-control over at The Academic Minute.

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