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Davies, J. (2022). The foundations of compellingness. Journal of Mind and Behavior. 43(2), 143--169.

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  author = 	 {Davies, Jim}, 
  title = 	 {The Foundations of Compellingness}, 
  journal = 	 {Journal of Mind and Behavior}, 
  year = 	 {2022}, 
  key = 	 {}, 
  volume = 	 {43}, 
  number = 	 {2}, 
  pages = 	 {143--169}

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Some things in this world are compelling, such as beautiful scenery, scary stories, and sports. They might give us pleasure, or make us feel they are important, or motivate us to pay attention, or inspire curiosity. Other things, such as patterns of raindrops or lists of random numbers, are not compelling. To date there is no cross-domain framework that attempts to explain the underlying psychological reasons why some things are compel- ling and other things are not. I present the compellingness foundations framework, which attempts to show that the same underlying psychological reasons explain why things are compelling to human beings, including religion, arts, and sports. The foundations include the desire for social information, the presence of detectable patterns, incongruous infor- mation, and the generation of strong emotions.

JimDavies ( jim@jimdavies.org )