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  • Summary

  • How can we change our behaviours? The first step is understanding our habits. For better or worse, habits are the invisible building blocks of daily life. Research suggests that about 40% of what we do is repeated almost daily and yet most of the time we aren't really aware of what's happening.

    In this series, neuroscientist Ash Ranpura and comedian Alice Fraser deep dive into the science of behaviour change. They want to find out how we can make good habits and how we can break bad ones. Along the way they meet the man who invented the science of habits, talk to a woman trying to change the world through figuring out how to make behaviour change stick and try out some of the latest tricks and techniques designed to help you change your own behaviours.

    This is the one series you should have in your headphones if you want to understand how to make positive changes in your life.

    This is an Audible Original Podcast. Free for members. You can download all 6 episodes to your Library now.ut 20 minutes.

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Episodes
  • Jan 25 2019

    What exactly are habits? Why are they so important? And how long does it take to create them? Ash Ranpura’s wife starts by explaining what she’d like Ash to change about himself. He realises there is a lot he could change – he wants to exercise more, smoke less, drink more water, meditate more, even eat more healthily.

    Alongside him is the comedian Alice Fraser who actually has loads of really good behaviours. She runs, she meditates, she doesn’t smoke, doesn’t drink. She explains to Ash a lot of this is because she has developed good habits that are automatic. She talks to the founding father of habit science, Larry Squire, about how his ground-breaking experiments on a patient called Eugene changed how we think about habits and memory.

    Then she talks to Pippa Lally, a habit expert at UCL, about how long it takes to create automatic habits and what this means for behaviour change.

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    21 mins
  • Jan 25 2019

    How important is willpower? And how can we strengthen our self-control? Ash talks to Martin, a drug addict, now trying to kick a really bad habit. One thing Martin has trouble with is self-control. And it turns out that self-control is key to this whole conversation about behaviour change.

    Ash talks to Terrie Moffit, a professor at Duke University. Terrie explains how her pioneering work on a thousand children in Dunedin, New Zealand, shows how self-control is just as important as intelligence when determining life outcomes. Does this mean we’re all doomed? Not according to John Tierney, the author of Willpower. He says willpower is like a muscle and can be strengthened like a muscle. To explain this he tells the story of the 19th century explorer Henry Stanley. Stanley developed a series of tricks and techniques to help build his willpower in the face of the hardships he found on his travels through Africa. These are the kinds of techniques we can apply to our own lives today.

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    24 mins
  • Jan 25 2019

    This episode is all about the hacks and tricks you can use to form new habits and behaviours. Ash is ready to try and start a new habit. He decides he wants to exercise every day by bicycling. So Alice sets him up with the behavioural scientist and habit expert Katy Milkman. She’s a professor at the University of Pennsylvania and she’s come up with a specific technique for starting a new habit. It’s called temptation bundling.

    Basically, you have to combine a pleasurable thing like listening to a really suspenseful audiobook with something that requires a bit of willpower like exercise. Katy helps Ash make a plan for his bicycling habit. Ash tries it out at his home in Somerset.

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So poorly made can't process the info.

After listening to the sample I was really looking forward to listening to the whole series. I just about got through the first episode but the second episodes started just as bad and was clearly getting worse. The two main presenters seem to love their voices far too much. They would be playing a snippet of an interview and then randomly complete the interviewers story themselves. This was so blatant and frequent that I couldn't even to assess the information which was being given.

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Excellent and free

Very well put together, interesting and inspiring. Keen to hear more from these audible series.

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nice to follow sleep with.

intresting but not enough to keep me awake.
lots of intresting information but nothing that would change my life and my habbits.

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Great

Easy to listen to, enjoyable, good music background, useful information, very fluid in discussion. Would reccomend.

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Habit forming

some really sound idea's to go away and put into practice. looking forward to hearing the rest

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OK considering it is free

Did not like the narraters at all. Some good points but really not very substantial. Bare in mind I have read many books on the topic so may be good for beginners.

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Not really that great

there are much better resources for information on habits I read or list to the power of habit instead if I was you

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Nice and chill

Very cute narration, with good baseline advices and ponters. A good look at habit formation trough practical and historical view

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Αwesome, scientific, with humor

Loved it and learned so much. Took some useful take aways and learned new tools. Thank you

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Really interesting quick listen

Only real criticism would be they chopped and changed from speakers a bit mid explanation which I felt was distracting. Some really useful tips for changing habits and modifying behaviour

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  • 29-08-21

very fun, educative and knowledgeable!

This podcast has great information about habit forming from a scientific point of view.

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  • Astro
  • 15-08-21

Outstanding

This is an excellent series in habit development and change. Worth every minute of listening! We’ll done!