Haley Scholars Fall 2012 Reading Groups
By Cindy Lyles
Chapter one of Charles Duhigg’s The Power of Habit focuses on what he calls the habit loop and establishes how to simply understand the cycle. A three-step sequence—cue, routine, and reward—forms the foundation of all habits. In instances of amnesia, as the author demonstrates, longstanding habits are powerful enough to dictate and direct people’s actions although they cannot retain new and recent facts.
Actions based on the three-step process become so programmed that they can be done without much actual thought. “The process—in which the brain converts a sequence of actions into an automatic routine," notes Duhigg, "is known as ‘chunking,’” (17). Chunking conserves the efforts of human brains, but chunking can also be detrimental.
Based on the reading, what is one key benefit of chunking for the formation of a productive habit? Or, what is one key detriment of chunking for the development of a productive habit? How so?