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  1. Twins fans got their dopamine today, however. A win at home in 15?

    Comment by John Thacker — June 17, 2012 @ 10:35 pm

  2. All I’ll say about the Twins line is: you’d have said the same about Nationals fans in 2008, or Phillies fans in 2000, or Rays fans 1998-2006.

    Comment by Well-Beered Englishman — June 17, 2012 @ 10:56 pm

  3. Chronic intermittent rewards. Fandom is no different than gambling or gaming. Plus the rush of a crowd roaring in agreement enhances the physical component.

    If only a structural analysis of pleasure led to the procurement of more pleasure, then we’d all be plea… more pl… happier.

    Also – 7000 unique viewers? SS or it didn’t happen.

    Comment by fenderbelly — June 18, 2012 @ 2:11 am

  4. Dopamine is so 2002….I prefer to cultivate my moments with a dash of bath salts.

    Comment by Hugh Briss — June 18, 2012 @ 10:36 am

  5. Just say no.

    Comment by yaboynate — June 18, 2012 @ 10:48 am

  6. Are you the guy who ate Alexi Ogando’s face?

    Comment by Well-Beered Englishman — June 18, 2012 @ 11:15 am

  7. 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.

    Comment by Greg W — June 19, 2012 @ 12:46 am

  8. 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.

    Comment by Ken Arneson — June 19, 2012 @ 12:57 pm

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