Comment by Well-Beered Englishman — June 18, 2012 @ 11:15 am
Baseball is attractive to me because nobody knows what happens next. In the moment that the ball is delivered out of the player’s hand, there is uncertainty. In the moment when the ball leaves the bat, the same thing. The possibilities intrigue me every time.
There’s a positive rewards system in the brain (that involves dopamine), but there’s also a negative avoidance system, too. I’m not sure it’s very well understood how independent these two systems are, and how or how much they interact.
It could be that the desire for the dopamine reward influence our behavior to keep us watching baseball, while completely independently, the desire to avoid the punishments of failure could send us here to Fangraphs to learn how our team could avoid such failures in the future.
In other words, from Fangraphs’ perspective, the success of the site may have nothing or little to do with dopamine at all.
Notgraphs, on the other hand, is ALL dopamine ALL THE TIME.