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1.According to Dr. Brewer, what is the “simple definition of addiction”?
According to Dr. Brewer, the “simple definition of addiction” is the “continued use despite adverse
consequences.”
2.According to Dr. Jud Brewer at the beginning of the video, “we’re all addicted to something.” He gives
several examples such as Tweeting, shopping, “pining after that special someone”, computer gaming,
eating, daydreaming, etc. What are your thoughts on this statement? Please elaborate. (Personal
Reflection)
In my opinion, it makes sense that all of those things are seen as addictions. For some people,
using Twitter may be a necessary thing that they do every day and according to Dr. Brewer that is
considered to be an addiction. Nowadays with social media around it is easy for people to be addicted to an
app since it is so easily accessible. Pretty much anything that we overuse in our daily lives can be seen as
an addiction.
3.According to Dr. Brewer, how do the “conveniences and efficiencies” of modern society contribute to
the development and maintenance of our addictive behaviors?
The “conveniences and efficiencies” of modern society contribute to the development and
maintenance of our addictive behaviors simply because they allow many things to be available to us in a
short amount of time. For example, if someone is addicted to watching TV then within a couple seconds
with a click of a button, they would be able to fulfill their need to watch TV.
4.What are the “new and old components” of our brains?
The “new components” of our brain are what work to think creatively and allow us to make
decisions. The “new components” are what lay on top of our brains “old components” which work to help
us survive. Dr. Brewer describes the “old component” of our brains as where we decide “fight or flight.
5.Where is the “reward-based learning” system located (old or new)? And what is it “based on?”
The “reward-based learning” system is located in the old component of our brain. According to
Dr. Brewer, this system is based on “positive and negative reinforcement.” This tells us what to do more of
based on how it made us feel, so if something makes you feel good then you do it more.
6.Describe how the reward-based learning system was “really helpful” in our “caveman days.”
Back in our “caveman days,” the reward-based learning system was considered to be helpful
because when cavemen were very hungry, they would see food and their brain would tell them that they

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Everyday Addictions AssignmentQuestions1.According to Dr. Brewer, what is the simple definition of addiction?According to Dr. Brewer, the simple definition of addiction is the continued use despite adverseconsequences.2.According to Dr. Jud Brewer at the beginning of the video, were all addicted to something. He givesseveral examples such as Tweeting, shopping, pining after that special someone, computer gaming,eating, daydreaming, etc. What are your thoughts on this statement? Please elaborate. (PersonalReflection)In my opinion, it makes sense that all of those things are seen as addictions. For some people,using Twitter may be a necessary thing that they do every day and according to Dr. Brewer that isconsidered to be an addiction. Nowadays with social media around it is easy for people to be addicted to anapp since it is so easily accessible. Pretty much anything that we overuse in our daily lives can be seen asan addiction.3.According to Dr. Brewer, how do the conveniences and efficiencies of modern society contribute tothe development and maintenance of our addictive behaviors?The conveniences and efficiencies of mod ...
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