Mar 31, 2019
Art Markman is a professor of Psychology at the University of
Texas at Austin. Art writes for the Harvard Business Review
and his most recent book, Brain Briefs, focuses on
how we use the science of motivation to change unhealthy behaviours
at work and at home. In a terrific show, we cover how to frame
our goals for success better, how to improve our focus, how to
learn more effectively, and how to control the disempowering effect
of social comparison.
When people ask Art what he does, how does he like to
A Professor gets paid to be confused. Can that be taken as a
What’s the thing we don’t know but should know about our minds?
What’s the psychology behind changing a behaviour which is not
Frame goals around go, not stop
Make desirable behaviours easy, and undesirable behaviours hard
How design beats discipline
Focus on the process, not the outcomes.
Is there a cognitive trigger we can use to develop sustainable
Should we plan for what might go wrong and visualise the
Getting ready for the most significant hurdles can change
Can there be a sense of shame or guilt that accompanies goal
What are social comparisons and the effect it has on
our wellness and our feeling of fulfilment
Dissatisfaction is a good thing, and how it gives you the energy to
Wanting dissatisfaction alone can be frustrating. What else do
we need with dissatisfaction?
Are regrets positive?
As we get older, do we talk ourselves into cognitive decline?
Can we slow down time?
Where is the sweet spot between gratitude and
Is gratitude a way to move away from social comparison?
You can't fix an area you are not aware of, does it take a
certain amount of humility?
When learning should we go wide or go deep?
What is the cognitive science behind sleep?
What’s the newest, coolest discovery in psychology?
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