Variable response reward / law school admissions

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kswiss
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Variable response reward / law school admissions

Postby kswiss » Wed Feb 17, 2010 5:25 pm

Example: slot machine. You pull the slot 100 times, and only 3 or 4 times do you win any real money. But those 3 or 4 times keep you pressing that button. It is what causes the addiction. We become addicted to the feeling of winning, which is the motivation for all of the losing.

Example 2: Refreshing my App Status checkers. I only get rewarded once a day or so, but I waste hours pressing that button for such a small reward.

I'm becoming very inefficient.

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Re: Variable response reward / law school admissions

Postby TTTennis » Wed Feb 17, 2010 5:26 pm

kswiss wrote:Example: slot machine. You pull the slot 100 times, and only 3 or 4 times do you win any real money. But those 3 or 4 times keep you pressing that button. It is what causes the addiction. We become addicted to the feeling of winning, which is the motivation for all of the losing.

Example 2: Refreshing my App Status checkers. I only get rewarded once a day or so, but I waste hours pressing that button for such a small reward.

I'm becoming very inefficient.


Were you a psychology major or minor?

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Re: Variable response reward / law school admissions

Postby kswiss » Wed Feb 17, 2010 5:29 pm

No. Communications. I'm just a nerd.

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Re: Variable response reward / law school admissions

Postby TTTennis » Wed Feb 17, 2010 5:32 pm

kswiss wrote:No. Communications. I'm just a nerd.


Ha. But, I completely agree, status checkers are a nuisance. :twisted:

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Re: Variable response reward / law school admissions

Postby NYC2013 » Wed Feb 17, 2010 6:46 pm

I try so hard not to check them everyday but I end up doing it during class....but seriously refreshing them all day? that has to be miserable have you ever actually hit refresh and seen a change?

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Re: Variable response reward / law school admissions

Postby kswiss » Wed Feb 17, 2010 9:18 pm

I was speaking hyperbolically. I'm just checking several times a day, and constantly checking my email. Checking on the snail mail minutes after the dude leaves.

I've got a lot riding on what happens in the next couple months (obviously.) I'm also taking 21 credits and I work, so I could use less distraction. I just need an acceptance from somewhere I would be excited about going, then I can chill a bit.




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