August 13th, 2009


Not the pleasure centre

Thanks to The Infamous Brad I read this article about attention centres in the brain.

Remember the experiment where they put a wire in the pleasure centre of a rat's brain and it would repeatedly press the on-button until it died of starvation?

Turns out that it wasn't the pleasure centre, but something more akin to curiosity, anticipation or foraging. It's the same bit of the brain that goes "Ooh, an interesting link, I shall click on it.", or "If I slay one more Orc then maybe I'll find something cool", or "I shall hit refresh one more time on LJ to see if anyone has posted in the last 3.5 seconds."

So if you've ever wondered where an hour went while you link-hopped on wikipedia, or why you haven't seen your partner in the week since they bought the latest World of Warcraft expansion, now you know :->

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Any Nokia experts out there?

I have an N85 - I'm very tempted by the new 32GB SDHC cards - as I'd then be able to fit pretty much my entire music collection onto my phone.

Sadly, I can't find anything saying whether the N85 supports the 32GB cards - they didn't exist when it came out, but theoretically they should work.  Of course, when it comes to technology theory and practice are very different things, and I don't want to spend £60 testing this out.

Anyone know for sure?