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The Neuroscience of Motivation | Scott H Young

The Neuroscience of Motivation | Scott H Young

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Motivation is just a kind of system.

If you can understand the system, you can change it and use it to gain a better outcome.

How motivation works inside the brain

Our brains are parallel computing systems. Billions of neurons and trillions of synapses all fire independently. Yet, we can only take one action at a time. For example, we can't sit and jog at the same time.

The basal ganglia is situated in the brain's neocortex and receive inputs from ma...

Motivation can be compared with water flowing downhill. Water will always flow in the path of least resistance. If there's a slight lip of land, the water will pool because it can't get over the hump.

Our motivations are similar. We want to be rich, fit, i...

  • One solution is to tilt the playing field if your temporary motivation is strong enough, keeping in mind that there will be lots of little bumps.
  • An alternative can be to smooth the bumps by reducing friction to your goal.
  • Another is to block the easier routes to help you ...

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