Incentives or pleasure?


Being stressed makes you work harder for rewards, but you don’t feel greater pleasure

Look, we’ve nearly all been there: you’re stressed out and all you want is to stuff your face with cookies and chips and any other edible guilty pleasure. It’s called stress-eating and I have a drawer dedicated to it. A new study from University of Geneva researchers suggests that while stress can cause us to work really hard for those kinds of rewards, it doesn’t increase the feeling of pleasure derived from such treats. The research, published this week in the Journal of Experimental Psychology: Animal Learning and Cognition, suggests “reward pursuit is not always proportional to the pleasure experienced,” the authors write. In other words, “The greater the effort, the greater the glory” doesn’t necessarily apply when you’re freaking out. ….[READ]


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