Making Predictions Improves Performance – the Gamification Angle

The human brain is unbelievably complex, but sometimes we’re able to find simple “hacks” that can really improve our lives. Jane McGonigal wrote about a hack like this a few weeks ago in (it’s an excerpt from her excellent book, SuperBetter). Apparently, attempting to make a prediction about your day is one of the most reliable ways to activate the part of our brain which is responsible for rewards. McGonigal says these predictions can be anything, from how many emails you’ll get in the next hour, to how many red cars you’ll see on the road. Every prediction we make increases the level of dopamine in our brains, and dopamine is the neurochemical responsible for happiness, as well as motivation, learning and desire.

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