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The Hidden Connection Between Habits and Learning

scotthyoung.com

Learning = Habits

We know that learning is about knowledge, information, and skills; while habits are routines, behaviors, and actions. But the two are actually quite similar to each other.

Habit and learning have the same equation used when dealing with specific situations:

  • Habit: "When X hap...

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When we mention habits, we automatically think of routine behaviors done to achieve a certain outcome, whereas learning is thought to be more of a conscious process.

Habitual actions have a strong default and it is strikingly similar to that of learning. For example, when you encounte...

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The Neuroscience of Habits and Learning

  • When habits form, they form a strong sequence of connections with neurons that downstream synapses in which were the later ones being fired with a higher probability than the first.
  • Learning happens when associations of one long-term memory become tightly coupled with another.

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Learning isn't just the process of storing information, but it is also a process where we can prepare particular actions for certain contexts. Learning is cue-driven and context-based, as much as habit-formation.

By seeing habits-as-learning, we then recognize that wha...

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