Thursday, September 13, 2007

Who needs reasons when you've got heroin?

So here's class #4. A favorite slide:

I chose not to choose life.
I chose something else.
And the reasons?
There are no reasons.
Who needs reasons when you’ve got heroin?

Here is our replication of the Chase and Simon (1973) study: an international master reconstructing a position (with 100% accuracy) after the second 5sec presentation.

One might wonder what keeps people working as garbage collectors, why people get married, how doctors deal with death and suffering on a daily basis, how concentration camp survivors survived, how people stay married, or how these Chinese workers cope:

And the reason is, I'd guess that the hedonic feedback system slowly "normalizes" things because the attentional feedback system refrains from registering them anymore.
In any case, I hope we will be able to study the interaction between these systems in Nicholas' thesis.