Curr Biol. 2017 Nov 20;27(22):R1200-R1206. doi: 10.1016/j.cub.2017.09.060.


What is a habit? One problem with the concept of habit has been that virtually everyone has their own ideas of what is meant by such a term. Whilst not eschewing folk psychology, it is useful to re-examine dictionary definitions of 'habit'. The Oxford Dictionary of English defines habit as "a settled or regular tendency or practice, especially one that is hard to give up" and also "an automatic reaction to a specific situation". The latter, reassuringly, is not too far from what has come to be known as stimulus-response theory.

Publication types

  • Review

MeSH terms

  • Habits*
  • Humans