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

Amherst College

Catherine Sanderson is the Poler Family Professor and former 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.




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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peter dachowski

New year resolutions

Not quite as original as some of her earlier talks

1 year ago
Beverly S. Miller

Professor Sanderson is always brimming with information while sharing her enthusiasm. In this case her talk was about setting goals , evaluating them and keeping them. I so enjoy her talks no matter the topic, if Professor Sanderson is holding class, sign me up!

1 year ago
Marc Tanenbaum

A Great Way to Start the New Year

Dr. Sanderson once again presents a lucid and well structured talk on effective goal setting. Every talk I’ve heard her give has been excellent and this one is no exception. Thank you, Dr. S.

1 year ago
barbara ann.fields

Thank You

I was feeling defeated in my goal until you presented a different strategy to use. Doing it my way and not the way someone else thinks is best for me. I know myself better than a stranger and with your suggestions on realist goal- setting I know that I can achieve my goal.

1 year ago
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