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Motivated Reasoning 

I recently spoke on panel about ocean conservation at the San Francisco Aquarium, moderated by Environmental Defense Fund marine ecologist Dr. Rodney M. Fujita. Psychologists, activists, marketing experts, and even a futurologist gathered to discuss how to best educate and motivate the public about the dangers of everything from overfishing… Read More 

  • Kelly McGonigal
  • January 13, 2012

Mindfulness and Cravings 

In my new book The Willpower Instinct, I describe one of my favorite studies of self-control. I call it the “torture experiment.” It reveals how mindfulness can help us break free from even the most difficult habits. Sarah Bowen, a research scientist in the Addictive Behaviors Research… Read More 

  • Kelly McGonigal
  • December 30, 2011

Managing Two Minds: the conscious vs. automatic 

Have you ever noticed that when you’re under stress, it’s so much harder to resist temptation? Or make any kind of change in your daily routine, like starting an exercise program or kicking a late-night TV habit? That’s because stress primes the brain to take automatic action. Any impulse will… Read More 

  • Kelly McGonigal
  • December 23, 2011

Helpful tips for becoming a more mindful shopper 

In my “How to Think Like a Psychologist” course, I recently hosted Stanford neuroeconomist Brian Knutson. His research has illuminated questions like: Why does the brain love a bargain? Why do sexy photos increase risky investing? The answer to both those questions has to with the brain’s reward system, which… Read More 

  • Kelly McGonigal
  • December 16, 2011

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