Mary Branscombe (marypcb) wrote,
Mary Branscombe
marypcb

Beyond dopamine*

*The dopamine hit for a problem solved or a clue noticed is one of my primary motivators intellectually and in entertainment, I've noticed...
"If you were a brain, and you'd been evolving for a very, very long time... what would you find interesting?
* Surprise, novelty, the unexpected
* Beauty
* Stories
* Conversation
* Emotionally touching (the whole kids and puppies thing)
* Counterintuitive failures or mistakes
* Fun, playfulness, humor
* Varying visuals
* Faces of people, especially with strong expressions
* Sounds, music
* Shock, creepy things
and of course...
* Sexiness"
From http://headrush.typepad.com/creating_passionate_users/2005/12/but_is_it_inter.html#comments which looks so good I'm going to LJ syndicate it as passionateusers instead of quoting huge chunks like "Buzzwords are often (not always) semantically empty while specialized domain lexicons are semantically dense.Domain-specific terms are usually associated with passion, or at least expertise, while buzzwords are often associated with those who might be faking expertise, or who are using them simply to impress others." And just when I've been dreaming up the next version of buzzword bingo: where the chair is plugged in and the speaker goes 'buzz'...
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