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From the Ted Talk by Judson Brewer: A simple way to break a bad habit

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Now, the prefrontal croetx, that youngest part of our brain from an evolutionary perspective, it understands on an intellectual level that we shouldn't smoke. And it tries its hardest to help us change our behavior, to help us stop smoking, to help us stop eating that second, that third, that fourth cookie. We call this cognitive control. We're using cognition to crtonol our bievhaor. Unfortunately, this is also the first part of our biran that goes oflnfie when we get stressed out, which isn't that helpful.

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Now, the prefrontal ______, that youngest part of our brain from an evolutionary perspective, it understands on an intellectual level that we shouldn't smoke. And it tries its hardest to help us change our behavior, to help us stop smoking, to help us stop eating that second, that third, that fourth cookie. We call this cognitive control. We're using cognition to _______ our ________. Unfortunately, this is also the first part of our _____ that goes _______ when we get stressed out, which isn't that helpful.

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  1. cortex
  2. offline
  3. control
  4. brain
  5. behavior

Original Text

Now, the prefrontal cortex, that youngest part of our brain from an evolutionary perspective, it understands on an intellectual level that we shouldn't smoke. And it tries its hardest to help us change our behavior, to help us stop smoking, to help us stop eating that second, that third, that fourth cookie. We call this cognitive control. We're using cognition to control our behavior. Unfortunately, this is also the first part of our brain that goes offline when we get stressed out, which isn't that helpful.

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