Shifting the Balance Between Goals and Habits: Five Failures in Experimental Habit Induction

  title={Shifting the Balance Between Goals and Habits: Five Failures in Experimental Habit Induction},
  author={sanne de wit and Merel Kindt and Sarah L. Knot and Aukje A. C. Verhoeven and Trevor William Robbins and Julia Gasull-Camos and Michael D. Evans and Hira Anwar Mirza and Claire M. Gillan},
  journal={Journal of Experimental Psychology. General},
  pages={1043 - 1065}
Habits are repetitive behaviors that become ingrained with practice, routine, and repetition. The more we repeat an action, the stronger our habits become. Behavioral and clinical neuroscientists have become increasingly interested in this topic because habits may contribute to aspects of maladaptive human behavior, such as compulsive behavior in psychiatry. Numerous studies have demonstrated that habits can be induced in otherwise healthy rats by simply overtraining stimulus–response behaviors… 

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