When we receive a reward for a job we've done, we always equate a certain amount of expectations and feelings of excitement towards the reward.
Reward prediction errors play a major role in learning because it helps us understand people's motivations behind certain behaviors and their perspectives or beliefs about the world.
The happiness of the subjects did not depend on how large the rewards were. Instead, the momentary happiness depended on the outcomes of their expectations.
The process of learning how the experimented game worked made people feel good rather than the reward they won.
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