Investigations of habit through the lens of cognitive neuroscience

External Event - 9th Mar 2021

Time - 12:00 – 13:00 WET

Progress in understanding habit and its relationship with health behaviour depends on moving outside of the social psychology paradigms that currently dominate in health psychology, and integrating insights from other theoretical traditions. Dr Gillan will provide a cognitive neuroscientist's perspective, drawing on formal definitions of habit based on associate learning theory and experimental tasks that have been validated across-species. Central to this talk is a discussion of what these formal definitions of habit can and cannot say about real-world behaviour, with a central focus on disorders of compulsivity like OCD and addiction.

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