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12

Junk Food, Porn, Video Games—Addictions?

Lecture no. 12 from the course: The Addictive Brain

Junk Food, Porn, Video Games—Addictions?

Taught by Professor Thad Polk | 35 min | Categories: The Great Courses Plus Online Science Course

The course concludes with an exploration of other potentially addictive behaviors. Professor Polk argues that some artificial stimuli—junk food, pornography, and video games to name three—are “supernormal,” meaning that they actually activate the brain’s reward circuit more strongly than natural stimuli do, leading to some of the same neurological effects as drug use.

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d********m
June 8, 2019

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r********m
December 26, 2018
Great conclusion to a great series. There is just one issue, and that's a major one: Playing video games is (typically) NOT about hunting. Playing video games is usually about KILLING, and the most common targets are human males. This is for obvious reasons even more rewarding hunting: If you hunt let's say a deer, you will have food for a few weeks, which raises your chances to survive and reproduce successfully by something like 0.1% or less. But if you kill another (hu-) man, rob his belongings and most importantly his daughter(s) or wife, this can increase your chances to reproduce by a whopping 50% or more. The same is true in reverse roles, failing to hunt a deer vs failing in combat vs another human: If you fail to kill a deer, it will most likely just run away. Thus you again reduce your chances to reproduce by something like 0.1% or way less. But if you fail in combat vs another man, you may lose your life. Which reduces your chances to reproduce by a bit more than just 0.1% ;-) Otherwise great stuff. One of the best courses on GCP.

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m********m
May 18, 2018

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