Featured Research: Setting and Reaching Goals

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Helping Healthy Habits Stick

A group of prominent psychological scientists outlines specific solutions to help individuals and policymakers maintain healthy habits… More

  • Linking tasks that we intend to complete to distinctive cues that we’ll encounter at the right place and the right time may help us remember to follow through... More

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    Hacking Memory to Follow Through with Intentions

    Linking tasks that we intend to complete to distinctive cues that we’ll encounter at the right place and the right time may help us remember to follow through... More

  • At the 2016 APS Annual Convention in Chicago, psychology researchers presented cutting-edge science that may help us adopt newer, healthier, or safer behaviors... More

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    Changing Habits for the Long Haul

    At the 2016 APS Annual Convention in Chicago, psychology researchers presented cutting-edge science that may help us adopt newer, healthier, or safer behaviors... More

  • People are more motivated to pursue a new goal, like hitting the gym or saving for retirement, on specific dates... More

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    Why Monday is the Best Day for Setting New Goals

    People are more motivated to pursue a new goal, like hitting the gym or saving for retirement, on specific dates... More

  • Backup plans can change the way that a person pursues a goal, as well as the likelihood of achieving it, even if the backup plans are never even used... More

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    When Backup Plans Backfire

    Backup plans can change the way that a person pursues a goal, as well as the likelihood of achieving it, even if the backup plans are never even used... More

  • Thinking about the support a significant other offers in pursuing goals can undermine the motivation to work toward those goals... More

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    Got a Goal? A Helpful Partner Isn’t Always Helpful

    Thinking about the support a significant other offers in pursuing goals can undermine the motivation to work toward those goals... More

  • People are more likely to choose healthy options at the grocery store if they use the risk of losing their monthly healthy food discount as a motivational tool... More

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    Laying Money on the Line Leads to Healthier Food Choices Over Time

    People are more likely to choose healthy options at the grocery store if they use the risk of losing their monthly healthy food discount as a motivational tool... More

  • A technique called systematic reflection can promote learning from our failures, but also from our successes, too... More

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    From Failing to Fortune

    A technique called systematic reflection can promote learning from our failures, but also from our successes, too... More

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