• Dr. Art Markman
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    Why I wanted to learn from Dr. Art Markman 

    One of the big questions that fascinate me at the moment is: Why is behavior change so hard and what can we do about it? 

    Dr. Art Markman knows a thing or two about this problem, he is a Professor of Psychology and Marketing at the University of Texas at Austin, has written numerous books and is by all means one of the foremost authorities in the field of cognitive psychology and habit formation.


    What do we talk about 

    • Why behavior change is hard and what we can do about it
    • His take on habit formation
    • His Take on happiness and success
    • How To Find Your Passion 
    • The story behind his collaboration with Dr. Phil
    • His new book “Bring Your Brain to Work”

    About the guest

    Dr. Art Markman
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    Dr. Art Markman

    Art Markman is the Annabel Irion Worsham Centennial Professor of Psychology and Marketing at the University of Texas at Austin. He is also the Founding Director of the Program in the Human Dimensions of Organizations.  The HDO program brings the humanities and the social behavioral sciences to people in business.

    He got his ScB from Brown University and his PhD from the University of Illinois.  Before coming to the University of Texas, Art taught at Northwestern University and Columbia University.

    Art’s research explores thinking.  He has studied the way people form and use analogies, the mechanisms of decision making, the modes that allow people to form categories, and the influences of motivation on reasoning.  Art is also the executive editor of the journal Cognitive Science and is a former executive officer of the Cognitive Science Society.

    Art has always been interested in bringing insights from Cognitive Science to a broader audience. To that end, he writes blogs for many sites including Psychology Today and Fast Company.  He consults for companies interested in using Cognitive Science in their businesses.  Art is also on the scientific advisory boards for the Dr. Phil Show and the Dr. Oz Show.

    Along with Bob Duke, Art hosts the radio show Two Guys on Your Head for KUT Radio in Austin.  Two Guys on Your Head is available as a podcast on iTunes and Soundcloud.  You can also follow the show on Twitter.

    When he’s not doing things related to Cognitive Science, Art can be found spending time with his family or playing sax in a blues band.

    Call to Action

    Here is some homework for you. It's your turn now!

    Grab a piece of paper!

    Imagine you are 80 years old, having spent your life the way you are laying it out to be right now.

    Now finish the following sentences:

    1. I spent too much time worrying about…
    2. I spent to little time doing things such as …
    3. If I could go back in time I would …




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    • First off I want to say awesome blog! I had a quick question that I’d like to ask
      if you don’t mind. I was curious to find out how you center
      yourself and clear your head prior to writing. I have
      had a hard time clearing my thoughts in getting my thoughts out.
      I truly do enjoy writing but it just seems like the first 10 to 15 minutes are lost just trying to figure out how to begin. Any recommendations or tips?
      Thank you!

      • Thank you so much! This really means a lot to me.

        Facing writer’s block is something that every writer faces.

        Here are things that help me a lot:

        1) Write about writer’s block. If you don’t find the words, write about what’s bothering you, what makes you angry and what’s blocking you.
        2) I talked with Dr. Art Markman, a best selling author and Psychology Professor at Austin about this very question(check out the latest episode from the Psychology Podcast with him). What I learned: Always read 4x times as much as you write. Often when you can’t find the right words, it is because you don’t have enough ammunition. Read great books that deal with the subject that you are writing about.
        3) A book that has helped me out a lot was the 4th draft from John Mcphee. It teaches you a lot about structure and everything you need to know about the process behind writing.

        Hope this helped.
        Excuse typos, I’m writing from my phone.


    • You can certainly see your skills in the article you write.
      The sector hopes for more passionate writers like you who are not afraid to mention how
      they believe. Always follow your heart.

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