Research by Maarten Boksem shows that managing loss in board games can trigger stress due to brain responses akin to physical pain, leading to reactions such as throwing boards. Individual tolerance to loss varies based on temperament, upbringing, and investment; experience helps build resilience. Furthermore, brain studies reveal that cheating in games activates reward centers in dishonest players, while fundamentally honest players prioritize maintaining a positive self-image.


  • Maarten Boksem
    Role: Faculty
    Reference type: Referenced

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