The On The Habit Loop Essay

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The Habit Loop In his book The Power of Habit (2012), Duhiggs explains “this process within our brain is a three-step loop” (p. 19). That is, the three essential components that make up this ‘habit loop’ are as follows: a cue, a routine, and a reward. Beginning with the first step, a cue is a trigger that overrides the brain to enter an automatic and involuntary mode, before determining which habit to carry out. In this case, an alarm clock going off would be the cue. Clearly, the blaring alarm sound functions as a signal to be awaken. Then, comes a routine, which can vary from an emotional or physical response. In this case, the routine would be getting dressed to go to work. Essentially, it’s everything in between from the moment of waking up, to the arrival at work. Followed by a reward; achieving a reward, that is. The reward is what ultimately decides if this specific loop is worth storing for later use. In this case, the reward will be arriving early to work, clocking in on time and—eventually—getting paid. In essence, this tripartite model of habits is the commonality between all living organisms. As a result, this habit loop is strengthened and reinforced at a rate that compliments the acquired reward; hence, becoming automatic and requiring less mental effort. Granted, a process known as “chunking” is responsible for this action. As mentioned by McGovern, “chunking of tasks allows for the automated nature of habit behavior” (para. 6). In other words, the brain…

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