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The Psychology of Habit

Theory, Mechanisms, Change, and Contexts

Editors: Verplanken, Bas (Ed.)

  • Presents the latest research on habits, including theory, mechanisms, and measurement
  • Includes a focus on 'how to conduct habit research' in most chapters
  • Contains perspectives from major habit researchers
  • Combines habits of doing and habits of thinking
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About this book

This unique reference explores the processes and nuances of human habits through social psychology and behavioral lenses. It provides a robust definition and theoretical framework for habit as well as up-to-date information on habit measurement, addressing such questions as which mechanisms are involved in habitual action and whether people can report accurately on their own habits. Specialized chapters pay close attention to how habits can be modified, as well as widely varying manifestations of habitual thoughts and behaviors, including the mechanisms of drug addiction and recovery, the repetitive characteristics of autism, and the unwitting habits of health professionals that may impede patient care. And across these pages, contributors show the potential for using the processes of maladaptive habits to replace them with positive and health-promoting ones. Throughout this volume attention is also paid to the practice of conducting habit research.

Among the topics covered:

  • Habit mechanisms and behavioral complexity.
  • Complexities and controversies of physical activity habit.
  • Habit discontinuities as vehicles for behavior change.
  • Habits in depression: understanding and intervention.
  • A critical review of habit theory of drug dependence.
  • Questions about the automaticity of habitual behaviors.

The Psychology of Habit will interest psychologists across a wide spectrum of domains: habit researchers in broader areas of social and health psychology, professionals working in (sub)clinical areas, interested scholars in marketing, consumer research, communication, and education, and public policymakers dealing with questions of behavioral change in the areas of health, sustainability, and/or education.

About the authors

Professor Bas Verplanken graduated and obtained his PhD at the University of Leiden, The Netherlands, where he worked as a Research Fellow and Lecturer from 1980-1990. From 1990-1998 he was a Lecturer and senior lecturer at the University of Nijmegen. From 1998 to 2006 he was a professor at the University of Tromsø, Norway. In 2006 he joined the University of Bath, where he was Head of Department of Psychology from 2010-2016. His research interests are in attitude-behaviour relations and change, applied in the domains of environmental, health, and consumer psychology. He has developed a special interest in habits. He published on a variety of topics, including risk perception, environmental concern, unhealthy eating, travel mode choice, values, self-esteem, body image, worrying, mindfulness, impulsive buying, behaviour change, and sustainable lifestyles. He served as an associate editor of the British Journal of Social Psychology and Psychology and Health.

Table of contents (22 chapters)

  • Introduction

    Verplanken, Bas

    Pages 1-10

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  • Defining Habit in Psychology

    Mazar, Asaf (et al.)

    Pages 13-29

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  • The Measurement of Habit

    Rebar, Amanda L. (et al.)

    Pages 31-49

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  • Understanding the Formation of Human Habits: An Analysis of Mechanisms of Habitual Behaviour

    Marien, Hans (et al.)

    Pages 51-69

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  • Habit Mechanisms and Behavioural Complexity

    Mullan, Barbara (et al.)

    Pages 71-90

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eBook 107,09 €
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  • ISBN 978-3-319-97529-0
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  • Included format: EPUB, PDF
  • ebooks can be used on all reading devices
  • Immediate eBook download after purchase
Hardcover 135,19 €
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  • ISBN 978-3-319-97528-3
  • Free shipping for individuals worldwide
  • Usually dispatched within 3 to 5 business days.
  • The final prices may differ from the prices shown due to specifics of VAT rules
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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
The Psychology of Habit
Book Subtitle
Theory, Mechanisms, Change, and Contexts
Editors
  • Bas Verplanken
Copyright
2018
Publisher
Springer International Publishing
Copyright Holder
Springer Nature Switzerland AG
eBook ISBN
978-3-319-97529-0
DOI
10.1007/978-3-319-97529-0
Hardcover ISBN
978-3-319-97528-3
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
XIII, 418
Number of Illustrations
12 b/w illustrations, 9 illustrations in colour
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