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How much pleasure can brain endure?

As of 2018, is it possible to induce pleasure in humans by some intervention like sending electrical signals? Yes, it is possible and has been done, typically as DBS (Deep Brain Stimulation) for ...
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How much pleasure can brain endure?

Luckily there are not one but several brain areas that when stimulated call for repeat stimulation. That is a way how one can define pleasure, by the way. If stimulation of an area makes animal to ...
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Why our brain can't fool itself to constantly produce dopamine?

Short answer Continuous activation of the reward system leads to habituation and hence a downregulation of the pleasure feelings. Further, a continuous euphoric state is a potentially harmful state, ...
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Psychology of betting against a desired outcome as “compensation”

This is related to the concept of utility of outcomes, as well as the idea of hedging in gambling. When you have a favorite sports team that you want to win, it's very similar to implicitly placing an ...
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Are food rewards a good long term learning strategy?

Food rewards are effective and safe to use in principle. But in practice...? The non-caveman term for the process of using consequences to modify behavior is operant conditioning, and the specific ...
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Beyond CBT and MBI, what are effective behavioral interventions for modern lifestyle addictions during their engagement?

Alas there's not much in the way of interventions that can curb impulsivity on the spot. Quoting from a somewhat dated but widely cited review, Moeller et al., 2001: Of the operant therapies used ...
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Is the amount of learning modulated by reward transmitters?

A bit of context In mammalian brains, a main neurotransmiter linked with reward is Dopamine. This molecule is produced in the Ventral Tegmental Area (VTA) and in the Substantia Nigra (SN). In a very ...
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