Eat Food. All the Time. Mostly Junk. I can’t stop thinking about cupcakes. No, not chic ones from the bakery, swathed in caramel buttercream, $3.95 each—I mean real cupcakes, baked at home by Mom and the kids in a classic … Continue reading The way we eat
Why Is It So Hard to Change Bad Habits? I’ve managed to turn around a lot of my bad habits over the years, like reducing my fast food consumption, spending less time glued to screens, and finding an exercise regimen … Continue reading Habit reset challenge
The Harsh Reality of Video-Game Addiction Jonas Odell, a Swedish filmmaker, has long been interested in animation and game design. Like many in his field, he has been keeping up with the recent spate of articles about video-game addiction. One … Continue reading Gaming addiction
When Pursuing Pleasure Turns Into Avoiding Pain Drug addiction is not just about chasing pleasure (feeling good) but also involves relieving emotional pain (relief reward or negative reinforcement). The negative emotional state is termed as the “dark side” of addiction … Continue reading Long-term addiction
Knowing When Tech Does (and Doesn’t) Promote Positive Relationships Everyone’s worried about smartphones. Headlines like “Have smartphones destroyed a generation?” and “Smartphone addiction could be changing your brain” paint a bleak picture of our smartphone addiction and its long-term consequences. … Continue reading The science of connection
The cigarette smoker as two-self economic man In a landmark report released in May 1988, the Surgeon General of the United States concluded that the nicotine in cigarette smoke was an addictive drug. The report described cigarette smoking as a … Continue reading Are you rationally addicted?
A Cognitive Scientist Explains the Evolutionary Roots of Smartphone Addiction Much ink has been spilled worrying about what the scourge of smartphone addiction is doing to the kids, in particular. So much so that Apple rolled out a suite of … Continue reading Craving for smarthphone