Humans find learning pleasurable

humans and other primates find learning and mastery deeply, even biologically, pleasurable under the right conditions, though often not the ones they face in school.[13]
p. 24

13. Deborah Blum, Love at Goon Park: Harry Harlow and the Science of Affection (Cambridge, MA: Perseus,
2002).

from:
Gee, James Paul. “Learning and Games.
https://franzcalvo.wordpress.com/2015/11/01/the-ecology-of-games

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Love at Goon Park: Harry Harlow and the Science of Affection
N Engl J Med 2003; 348:670-671February 13, 2003
http://www.nejm.org/doi/full/10.1056/NEJM200302133480724
Harlow showed that monkeys could learn to disassemble a complex puzzle without the reward of food as easily as they could with the reward — a result inconsistent with the commonly assumed primacy of drive reduction in learning.

‘Love at Goon Park’: The Science of Love
By BARBARA SMUTS
February 2, 2003
http://www.nytimes.com/2003/02/02/books/review/02SMUTST.html
The phrase ”contact comfort” was made famous through Harry Harlow’s experiments with baby rhesus monkeys at the University of Wisconsin in the 1950’s and 60’s.

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