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We live in evil times. I’m not talking about the overturning of Roe v. Wade, Putin’s War in Ukraine, the naked authoritarian threat to our democracy, I’m talking about the use of persuasive design to keep us binge-watching TV rather than doing our chores!
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What are the reward and liking systems that I keep hearing so much about? They are an example of brain systems that have done an amazing job and are getting recognized more and more, I notice. So, how do they influence our politics? Inquiring minds want to know.
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What on earth could compel someone to attend one of Trump’s superspreader events? Why on earth would Trump hold one? Other than the obvious, he’s a narcissist, and they’re all gaslit, there are powerful brain circuits involved in compelling these self-destructive and foolish behaviors.
Ever wondered how Fox News does it? Persuasive Design goes a long way to explaining how they keep your parents, friends, and neighbors enthralled. Don’t fear, though. I have divided the post into three successive parts: the Quick Dip, the Shallow Dive, and the Deep Dive. Each is an extension of the last so you can read as much or as little as you like and still get something you can use.
Real live controlled psychological studies have demonstrated that angry reactions to accusations result in higher status being given to white men! Not so much to women and the not-whites (could be a band name, amirite?). What does that tell us about the Ol’ Pussy Grabber’s strategy for resisting Nancy Pelosi’s attempts to probe him?
Dopamine is the neurotransmitter that motivates us to pursue things we think will be pleasurable. It keeps us feeding at the trough. If the mesolimbic dopamine system is broken, we are not motivated to do anything. Could it be one of the drivers of Pathological Demand Avoidance?
Internet addiction! Reward Circuits! Dopamine! The love molecule! Find out what contributes to your obsession with social media! Now get back to work!