The SEEKING system – a fascinating core emotion

Bron: 8 APRIL, 2016 BY KAROLINA WESTLUND, PHD

 

the SEEKING systemSEEKING system There is a part of the brain called the ventral striatum, aka the "seeking system," that drives humans to explore and learn new things. When activated, the system releases dopamine and makes us feel good. .

If you don’t have six minutes, here’s the major take-home message:

  • SEEKINGSEEKING system There is a part of the brain called the ventral striatum, aka the "seeking system," that drives humans to explore and learn new things. When activated, the system releases dopamine and makes us feel good. is a multi-purpose emotional system that helps animals find resources
  • SEEKING is about expectation
  • We do animals a disservice by serving food in bowls rather than engaging the SEEKING system
  • If we’re not offering acceptable SEEKING opportunities, animals may engage in unwanted behaviour instead
  • Clicker trainingClicker training Clicker training is a system of teaching that uses positive reinforcement in combination with an event marker. engages the SEEKING system, which explains the focus, energy, ease of learning and retention typically seen in clickerClicker A toy noisemaker. Animal trainers make use of the clicker as an event marker to mark a desired response. The sound of the clicker is an excellent marker because it is unique, quick, and consistent.-trained animals.

 

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