Scientific Definitions: Motivation (Geeky Science Version – Dopamine)

Here is a good technical discussion on motivation In view of the fact that motivational stimuli usually are available at some physical or psychological distance from the organism, the only way to gain access to these stimuli is to engage in behavior that brings them closer, or makes their occurrence more likely.  This phase of […]

Science Definitions: The Problem with Idea of “Reward”

Economists like the term “reward” – animals are not as simple as econ models propose, of course. “..the term ‘‘reward’’ has been criticized in detail elsewhere. Though the term reward has meaning as a synonym for ‘‘reinforcer,’’ there is no consistent scientific meaning of ‘‘reward’’ when used to describe a neurobehavioral process; some employ it […]