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23 Post author: Eliezer_Yudkowsky 18 January 2009 09:03AM

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Comment author: Emile 18 January 2009 09:02:57PM 0 points [-]

Robin: It is not because they expect or want to learn something from it.

A major component of fun in video games is the emotional reward when the brain learnt something; that probably generalizes to why we find a lot of activities enjoyable, even though we might not label them as "learning" which is often associated to "memorizing useless facts because you're forced to".

Comment author: pnrjulius 06 June 2012 09:30:00PM 1 point [-]

Right. Football players don't think of themselves as "learning" when they perfect their field goal kicks, but neurologically that is exactly what they are doing.