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Oct 9, 2023

How to Increase Your Willpower & Tenacity

In this episode, I discuss neuroscience and psychology studies that address the basis of willpower and tenacity, how they differ from motivation and how we ...  can all increase our levels of willpower and tenacity. I discuss whether willpower is a limited resource, the controversial “ego depletion” theory of willpower and the role that beliefs play in determining our tenacity and willpower. Then, I discuss the neural basis of willpower in the brain and body and how tenacity and willpower relate to sleep, stress, focus, and possibly lifespan. Then, I provide a series of science-supported tools and protocols to increase your level of tenacity and willpower.

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Past research found that the ingestion of glucose can enhance self-control. It has been widely assumed that basic physiological processes underlie this effect. We hypothesized...
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The tenacious brain: How the anterior mid-cingulate contributes to achieving goals

Tenacity-persistence in the face of challenge-has received increasing attention, particularly because it contributes to better academic achievement, c...
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Toolkit for Sleep - Huberman Lab

The first Neural Network newsletter provides actionable tools, including a 12 step guide, to improve sleep.
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Aerobic Exercise Training Increases Brain Volume in Aging Humans

The present study examined whether aerobic fitness training of older humans can increase brain volume in regions associated with age-related decline in both brain structure and cognition.
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Roy F. Baumeister

Roy F. Baumeister is a social psychologist, known for his work on willpower, self-control and self-esteem, and how they relate to human morality and success.
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Stress relief as a natural resilience mechanism against depression-like behaviors

Relief, the appetitive state after the termination of aversive stimuli, is evolutionarily conserved. Understanding the behavioral role of this well-conserved phenomenon and...
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Carol Dweck

Carol Dweck is part of Stanford Profiles, official site for faculty, postdocs, students and staff information (Expertise, Bio, Research, Publications, and more). The site facilitates research and collaboration in academic endeavors.
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The Good, the Bad, and the Irrelevant: Neural Mechanisms of Learning Real and Hypothetical Rewards and Effort

Natural environments are complex, and a single choice can lead to multiple outcomes. Agents should learn which outcomes are due to their choices and therefore...
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