Posted by: crisdiaz24 | January 17, 2016

STRUGGLING TO CHANGE YOUR BEHAVIOR? TRY THIS – Cloze test

RESOLUTIONS

CLOZE TEST

 

Fill in the blanks with a suitable word.

 

STRUGGLING TO CHANGE YOUR BEHAVIOR? TRY THIS

 

Phrasing your New Year’s resolutions 0) __________ questions rather than declarations may help you stick to them, new research shows.

The findings of the new study suggest that questioning is a simple yet effective way to effect consistent, significant changes 1) __________ behavior.

For example, asking yourself, “Will I exercise?” can be 2) __________ effective than the statement “I will exercise.”

Similarly, parents who ask their high school-age children “Will you drink and drive?” should have more success preventing 3) __________ behavior than they would if they simply demanded of the child, “Don’t drink and drive.”

As study co-author Dave Sprott, senior associate dean of Washington State University’s Carson College of Business, says in a news release:

“If you question a person 4) __________ performing a future behavior, the likelihood of that behavior happening will change.”

The study, which was recently published in the Journal of Consumer Psychology, is the first comprehensive review of 40 years of research and 100 studies 5) __________ what scientists call the “question-behavior effect.”

In this phenomenon, simply asking people about performing a certain behavior actually influences 6) __________  they do it in the future

For example, asking people a question like “Will you recycle?” causes a psychological response that can influence them to do 7) __________  when they have an opportunity to recycle. According to the news release:

The question 8) __________  them that recycling is good for the environment but may also make them feel uncomfortable if they are not recycling. Thus, they become motivated to recycle to alleviate their 9) __________  of discomfort.

The question-behavior effect works on various types of behaviors. Researchers  found the effect is strongest when questions are:

  • Used to encourage personal and socially accepted norms like eating healthy foods or volunteering.
  • Answered with a “yes” or “no.”
  • Administered via a computer or paper-and-pencil survey.

Will you then rephrase your New Year’s resolutions and ask questions 10) __________?

Adapted from:

http://www.moneytalksnews.com/technique-helps-people-stick-with-new-years-resolutions/

© Karla Bowsher

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