The Psychology of Willpower
January 1st is often the first day that many people fail at their well-intentioned New-Year's resolutions. Why is it so hard to change, whether it be diet, exercise, smoking or any other habit? This course is an examination of the elusive power that each one of us possess: Willpower. Psychological research and theory related to cognitive and social influences on intention, self-control, behaviour change, and willpower are the topics of interest for this course. Application of course material to real-life will take the form of students attempting to change a habit in their life and report on the success or failure of the attempted change relating it back to the theories learned in class.