Prediction errors can be painful
Okay, so that was a very painful blooper this morning: Somewhat sleepy still, I sent out many small troups to farm barbarians and bonus villages. The map did its sliding thing and I accidentally (too quick) clicked to attack a village belonging to a member of my tribe. Never noticed anything odd in the following screens either.
After 30 mins I looked at my troups screen again. Oh Frack!!! That is not what it is supposed to say! What, what, what? I tried looking away. It was still there … the wrong text!!!
And I couldn’t break off the attack anymore. Too late. I stared at the screen and realized my brain was producing pain messages. This was irriversible damage done to us both. I very much doubted he was on-line. Looked at my friends list. Indeed, he wasn’t on-line. I sent him a personal message anyway. Perhaps he was there and could dodge … Nope, no such luck.
Klucharev and colleagues scanned brain activity in people whose initial judgments of the attractiveness of faces were open to influence by group opinion. They examined two brain areas called the the rostral cingulate zone and the nucleus accumbens. The first is thought to play a role in monitoring behavioral outcomes, the second in the anticipation and processing of rewards and in social learning.
The study authors found that a conflict with the group opinion led subjects to change their own rating of a face. The conflict also elicited a response in the brain similar to one found in previous studies, and known as “prediction error” signal. It comes from a difference between expected and obtained outcomes and is thought to point an organism to a need for a behavioral change. — From Enforcer of conformity: our own brains
I am learning, I am learning … not to attack my tribe’s fellowe (or female) warriors, not even by accident. As in, I’ll double check from now on like a hawk!
I apologized, he forgave me, and I am sending him resources. He lost about 1 third of his troops. I could tell by my tripwire. And I lost that entire farm troup. It still hurts a bit.