Every day millions of people log onto Facebook to connect with friends. Each time we do this we are creating and reinforcing habits. We have routines for checking news from friends, looking up birthdays and family updates. When the interface of Facebook was changed in 2011 there was widespread condemnation. We are, in short, creatures of habit.
Habits may help us to carry out our daily routine but they often cause us trouble, from unhealthy eating and smoking, to poor study skills and work routines. We've all experienced that endless frustration when we try to kick a bad habit.
The frustration you have now will soon be over. Premier cognitive scientist Art Markman draws on all the latest scientific research to help you succeed in beating those bad habits. With the help of Smart Change, not only will you be able to understand just how habits are formed and maintained but you will be equipped with 5 essential tools to help you change your behaviour for the better and, what's more, influence the behaviour of others at work and at home.
Art Markman Ph.D. is one of the premier cognitive scientists in the field and has been published in more than 150 journals. He is the Annabel Irion Worsham Centennial Professor of Psychology and Marketing at the University of Texas at Austin. Art Markman has also taught at Northwestern University and Columbia University. As a consultant he has worked with businesses such as Procter & Gamble. Markman writes and blogs regularly for Psychology Today and also contributes to the Huffington Post and the Harvard Business Review online. He is the author of Smart Thinking and The Habits of Effective Leadership.