Tag: MIT

  • neophilia

    I’ve always been keen on newness. Now I learn that what I thought was an enthusiasm might in fact be an addiction. JH Austin on endogenous endorphins: Novelty releases beta-endorphin into the brain. If humans respond anything like rats, beta-endorphin would begin to increase after only two minutes in the new environment. This fascinating link…

  • An Example of Knowledge Use

    Before discussing actual experiments, let’s consider a somewhat simplified example of how you might normally learn a new category, namely a trip to the zoo. This situation can be used to illustrate the specific uses of knowledge to be discussed and can be contrasted with the typical psychology experiment using artificial stimuli. Suppose on a…