From habits to self-regulation: how do we change?

Yale J Biol Med. 2012 Jun;85(2):293-9. Epub 2012 Jun 25.


The Yale Cognitive Science department hosted the conference "From Habits to Self-Regulation: How Do We Change?" on November 4 and 5, 2011, to showcase current research on self-control in cognitive science, psychology, and neuroscience. The conference included a panel discussion by four philosophers who gave context for the scope and limitations of research on self-control. The common theme concerning the best method to attain lasting change included becoming aware of what one wants to change, increasing commitment to the goal of change, and imagining all of the potential problems and solutions to those problems.

Keywords: delayed discounting; guanfacine; mental contrasting; mindfulness; prefrontal cortex; rumination; self-control; striatum.

Publication types

  • Congress

MeSH terms

  • Cognition / physiology*
  • Habits*
  • Humans
  • Neurosciences / methods
  • Neurosciences / trends
  • Psychology / methods
  • Psychology / trends
  • Research / trends
  • Research Design
  • Social Control, Informal*