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Fact 1: Regular exercise is good for your health.
Fact 2: Many people are inherently lazy about exercise.
Question: Should these people use “motivational” chemicals so they don’t hate exercise so much, and can form better health habits?
To examine this question, Jesse is joined by Prof. Samuele Marcora the author of the provocatively titled paper – “Can Doping be a Good Thing?” Their discussion looks closely at the perception of effort and limiting factors of motivation, along with the current methods of enhancement and scope of future technologies.
Stick around for the Ruthless Listener Retention Gimmick if you want to hone your psychopath-spotting skills. (Who doesn’t?) Jesse shares some recent bittersweet developments on the emotion of empathy – and those who lack it.
- 0:33 Exercise and motivation – the connection.
- 1:18 This Week In Neuroscience: Placebo effect growing stronger in the US.
- 3:55 The audience interaction section.
- 5:53 Jesse introduces Prof. Samuele Marcora.
- 7:03 A little bit of background.
- 7:53 Breeding motivation.
- 9:14 Perception of effort.
- 10:53 Principle of least effort.
- 12:20 Physical vs mental tasks.
- 14:01 Limiting factor of motivation – delayed rewards.
- 15:01 Looking at Prof. Marcora’s study.
- 17:31 Perception of performance enhancement.
- 19:21 The path ahead and scope of future research.
- 25:14 Jesse is reading The Sports Gene.
- 26:39 Ruthless Listener Retention Gimmick: Psycho spotting.
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