Re: Spoiled Reward-Pathway Hypothesis

From: Philip Jonkers (
Date: Sat Aug 18 2001 - 13:44:20 BST

  • Next message: Lawrence H. de Bivort: "RE: Logic"

    Received: by id QAA15446 (8.6.9/5.3[ref] for from; Sat, 18 Aug 2001 16:39:20 +0100
    From: Philip Jonkers <>
    X-Authentication-Warning: www-data set sender to jonkers@localhost using -f
    Subject: Re: Spoiled Reward-Pathway Hypothesis
    Message-ID: <>
    Date: Sat, 18 Aug 2001 14:44:20 +0200 (CEST)
    References: <> <3B7D57DB.28568.6D61FE@localhost>
    In-Reply-To: <3B7D57DB.28568.6D61FE@localhost>
    Content-Type: text/plain; charset=ISO-8859-1
    Content-Transfer-Encoding: 8bit
    User-Agent: IMP/PHP IMAP webmail program 2.2.5
    Precedence: bulk

    Philip wrote:
    > > Consistent with the ideas presented above, addiction in animals
    > living
    > > in a natural environment is very improbable. Does anybody know of
    > > cases reporting animal addictive behavior?
    > >
    Joe wrote:
    > In studies of addiction performed upon chimpanzees, 'junkie
    > monkeys' eagerly extende their arms for their daily fix; rats would
    > push a lever which electrostimulated the pleasure centers in their
    > brains rather than other levers that fed them, to the point of
    > starvation, and other such results were reported with the
    > dispensation of cocaine to rats.

    I already knew that animals can be tempted into addictive behavior
    in a lab-environment. My question was actually about possible cases
    of animal addiction in non-lab environment, i.e. in their natural
    habitat. Do you know of any?


    This was distributed via the memetics list associated with the
    Journal of Memetics - Evolutionary Models of Information Transmission
    For information about the journal and the list (e.g. unsubscribing)

    This archive was generated by hypermail 2b29 : Sat Aug 18 2001 - 16:48:27 BST