This Year Will Be Different: How to Actually Stick to Your Resolutions

Amherst College

Catherine Sanderson is the Poler Family Professor and Chair of Psychology at Amherst College and is often cited as the school’s most popular professor. Her research has received grant funding from the National Science Foundation and the National Institute of Health. She has published over 25 journal articles in addition to three college textbooks. In 2012, she was named one of the country’s “Top 300 Professors” by the Princeton Review.




January 10, 2023, 4:00 pm

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Why do 64% of people abandon their New Year’s Resolutions in the first month? Why does writing down your goals increase your odds of accomplishing them? How does sharing your goals with a friend increase your likelihood of reaching them? In this class, Professor Sanderson will examine tools we can use to set and work towards goals. You’ll learn why SMART goal setting pays off, how setting goals rewires the brain, and, most importantly, how to actually stick with your New Year’s Resolutions.

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