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I've read that the most strongly habit forming behaviors are those that dispense random rewards in exchange for repeated action. This behavioral psychology finding is the primary reason why people compulsively check facebook, email, news websites and other distractions even though updates are sporadic, and the content itself is often uninteresting. ...


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I've been through not just once, but several times. World of Warcraft disks tossed in a dumpster, a Netflix account canceled, and a switch to a mini-computer that had on-board video. Games and shows are easy, soothing, and provide a steady stream of dopamine rewards. Interacting with the real world and creating in it are hard and anxiety inducing. I've got ...


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hope that the quitting is still going well for you. Stick with it! The above answer is extremely good - it does sound like you need to make your new goals a little more concrete and well defined. I'm a project manager, and setting good objectives at the front of any project really helps focus you to get sh*t done :) To answer one of your questions ...


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Hmm... It's certainly got a lot more going for it than normal "Improve-you-Brain!" promises - they've embraced science as a marketing tool http://www.lumosity.com/documents/the_science_behind_lumosity.pdf talks about control groups and p values and that's very nice... Your best bet for information is Nature - who we can consider to be pretty authoritative ...


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As suggested, I am putting this down as an answer: This site/game is specifically geared towards rewarding exercising rather than tasks in general. So its scope is more narrow than what is being asked, but it is still relevant. It is called Fitocracy. Fitocracy is currently in Beta and invite only, but invites are pretty easy to come by if you are looking. ...


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There is Pomodorium - a Pomodoro technique based RPG-game. Here is some explanation: Pomodorium is an attempted gamification of the Pomodoro technique. The idea of Pomodorium is to use rules of role-playing game in the Pomodoro technique. It's a Pomodoro technique timer with a game. For every completed pomodori you get 'gold' and there is game ...


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You can look at EpicWin Turns your to-do list into a role playing game. It's an app for iPhones that you can use to gain skill ups, xp, loot etc etc.


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Aragorn has suggested an iPhone app (EpicWin), and I would add Task XP and RLRPG for Android Market. The basic concept is the same for all three: You imput your tasks, and upon completion you get rewards (xp, loots, achievements, skill ups, etc.). Of course, you could fake what you do, but if you cheat you're only cheating yourself.


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Um... I made my todo list a game... I have script that interogates my list (strictly my inbox) every half hour to generate a chart - the game I've been playing for some time now is to ground as many of the lines as possible... you can view the current state of the game at http://www.cs.rhul.ac.uk/home/joseph/productivityFiles/inbox7day.jpeg (with a little ...


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You can maintain a tree and level up using Mindbloom(although I myself haven't gotten around to trying it yet).


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well, when I was 15 years old, or something around that, playing games such Commandos, Tomb Raider, Red Alert provided me with fun plus improving Problem Solving skills, well this is a personal experience, you know you have to seek for solutions for every obstacle you face, you get stuck at some point, you have to search everyplace around you in the scene ...


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In the TED Book The demise of guys a couple of scientists explain how gaming and porn are screwing up an entire generation of men. Because of the instant gratification nature, both are very addictive, and cause men to prefer these above having a real life and connecting with real women. The best move would probably be to get the same enjoyment from your ...


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While there are some educational games, in general the real value from computer games is in relaxing or disassociating your consciousness from stresses of work. Dwwilson has some excellent points though, and in ten year's time there may be games which can fill this need.


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I'm a word geek, and I love Scrabble(tm). I play both online and with a Nintendo DS, sometimes against people, sometimes against computer opponents of varying skill levels. Since I began playing computer Scrabble, my scores in real life games have gone from averaging 280-ish to 325-ish. This isn't a very scientific study as much as it is a look back ...



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