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The Power of Habit
Transcript of The Power of Habit
The major argument in the chapter that I am referencing is every habit starts with a cue, which triggers a routine and leads to the reward. This all happens in a small part of the brain called the basal ganglia.
This adds conflict to my argument because it offers a reason for why traditional coaches, parents, and players act the way they do. They develop a training routine, and start to think that more a person trains the better they will be and the more they will win. Thus creating a habit of overworking and pushing things to limit.
The counter argument to the conflict would be that, if the people involved change the reward from winning to having fun then they will develop habits around participating and staying active.
The central claim of the book is. all humans have a basal ganglia. And this part of the brain is vital in the formation of habits, so the rest of the brain able to be more efficient.
The evidence comes from a scientific study done on lab mice in a "T" shaped maze. In the experiment a door would click open and the mouse would search until it found a piece of chocolate and the end of the maze. After more and more tests, the mice became more efficient in the maze, and soon walked straight to the reward.
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