Tuesday, December 11 at 12:00pm to 1:00pm
Fenton Hall, Room 110
1021 East 13th Avenue, Eugene, OR 97403
Psychology professor Elliot Berkman will explore the neuroscience of goal-setting and provide tips on how to create the best environment for sticking to your New Year's resolutions.
"What people neglect to realize is how deeply a given behavior -whether its's being sedentary or having bad eating habits - is embedded in your lifestyle in many ways," Berkman said. According to his research, it's actually easier to break a bad habit by replacing it with a new habit. "The habit formation system is one of the most powerful systems in the brain because habits, in general, are useful. Once you learn how to do something well the brain offloads that so it doesn't take up as much attention, one of the most precious resources."
Dr. Berkman will give advice on effective goal setting, including how friends and partners can help or hurt a goal and what brain science says about the influence of publicly committing to a goal.