Early in her academic career, psychologist Wendy Wood noticed a trend: many of her fellow graduate students and professors struggled to get things done in the highly demanding but unstructured academic environment. Intelligence, talent, and motivation didn’t seem to matter—some of those who were struggling to stick to project plans or meet deadlines were among the brightest of the group. Why, she wondered, was it so easy to make the initial decision to change but so hard to persist in the long term? Willpower didn’t seem to be the issue—her colleagues wanted to and were trying to change—so what was? Over the past three decades, Wood has sought the answers to these questions. She recently wrote a book, Good Habits, Bad Habits: The Science of Making Positive Changes that Stick, which details the most important, practical insights from her research. We had the chance to talk about how better understanding how habits form and drive our behavior can help us change—and enjoy—our lives. Read the whole story: Behavioral Scientist More of our Members in the Media >
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ST JOHN’S, Antigua, CMC – Driven by a crushing victory inside four days in the opening Test in Bridgetown, West Indies will chase a long awaited major series win when they clash with England in the pivotal second Test starting here today. No one could have foreseen the home side’s commanding performance at Kensington Oval which left the pre-series favourites shell-shocked and handed the Windies the upper hand in three-Test rubber.In fact, the series was supposed to be another whitewash with the home and visiting pundits having written the Windies off before a ball was bowled, especially with the build-up to the opening Test mired in controversy over the appointment of Englishman Richard Pybus as interim head coach.Last weekend’s victory completely transformed the narrative, with the Windies now in with a real chance of clinching their first series win over a higher-ranked side, since they swept New Zealand in the Caribbean seven years ago. However, skipper Jason Holder told reporters here yesterday his side had already put last weekend’s heroics behind them and were aware they had to start from scratch in order to taste success again over the coming days.“Most of the guys are pretty focussed, they’re really hungry. We understood what we did in the last game but that’s gone – I said that to the guys,” Holder said.“That game is history, it’s just a matter for us to move on and understand what we need to do to continue being consistent. I always speak about consistency in the dressing room and I think in order to be consistent, we’ve got to be hitting all three departments every time we step on the field.”