Tuesday, February 19, 2002

Autopilot



There's an interesting article in the NYT this morning:

http://www.nytimes.com/2002/02/19/health/19REWA.html

Some snippets:

"In navigating the world and deciding what is rewarding, humans are closer to zombies than sentient beings much of the time."

Scientific validation for what one has long suspected...

"Dr. Schultz found that when the monkey got more juice than it expected, dopamine neurons fired vigorously. When the monkey got an amount of juice that it expected to get, based on previous squirts, dopamine neurons did nothing. And when the monkey expected to get juice but got none, the dopamine neurons decreased their firing rate, as if to signal a lack of reward."

So... one only gets a happiness boost from the unexpected. I guess I expected that. :/ It goes a ways at explaining why those whom are really good at predicting are often so melancholy.

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