From a media release:
SLAVES TO HABIT:Â New documentary examines our battle with bad habits and the secrets to conquering them
- Premieres THURSDAY, JANUARY 2, 2014 â€“ 9:00 P.M. (9:30 P.M. NT)Â on CBC TVâ€™s Doc Zone
Happy New Year! With the start of every new calendar year comes a fleet of well intentionedÂ New Yearâ€™s resolutions â€“ among them, losing weight, quitting smoking, getting more exercise.
On THURSDAY, JANUARY 2, 2014 at 9:00 p.m. (9:30 p.m. NT) CBC-TVâ€™s Doc Zone premieres SLAVESÂ TO HABIT, a new documentary that takes an in-depth look at bad habits, the behavior that surrounds them,Â and the startling new science on the interaction between brain chemistry, habit and self-control.
Just about everything we need to know about resisting temptation can be found in â€˜The MarshmallowÂ Testâ€™, a famous experiment conducted by Walter Mischel, at Stanford University in the 1960s. In TheÂ Marshmallow Test, a researcher places a marshmallow in front of a pre-schooler and tells them that if theyÂ can wait about 15 minutes before eating it, they will get a second marshmallow. Over the course of the 15Â minutes, we watch each child desperately try to resist the impulse to eat the marshmallow. The hilarious andÂ fascinating results demonstrate the power of habit and willpower â€“ who has it and who doesnâ€™t.
SLAVES TO HABIT features some of the worldâ€™s foremost authorities on how our habits affect or controlÂ our lives including Pulitzer Prize winning New York Times Reporter Charles Duhigg, author of â€˜The Power ofÂ Habit â€“ Why We Do What We Do in Life and Businessâ€™. Duhigg takes us to the thrilling edge of scientific
discoveries that explain why habits exist and how they can be changed. Along the way we learn why someÂ people struggle to change, despite years of trying, while others seem to remake themselves overnightÂ According to Duhigg, a habit consists of three parts: â€œThere’s a cue, which is like a trigger for an automatic
behaviour to start, and then a routine which is the behaviour itself, and then finally a reward. Most peopleÂ focus on the behaviour and the routine – but it’s the cue and the reward that shapes how the habit functions.â€
SLAVES TO HABIT follows three individuals over a 6-week period as they struggle to break their bad habitsÂ â€“ smoking, overeating and compulsive shopping. In the end, we understand that habits arenâ€™t destiny andÂ that by harnessing the new science on habit, we can transform our businesses, our communities, and our
SLAVES TO HABIT is written, directed and produced by the award-winning veteran filmmaker AndyÂ Blicq (Faking the Grade, Conspiracy Rising, Information Overload, The Truth About Shoplifting, The TruthÂ About Liars).