Town Hall

When do you experience flow? (May/June 2015)

In "Get in the Zone," you learned about "flow," psychologists' word for a heightened state of concentration and enjoyment. When do you experience flow? Do you ever get swept up and lose track of time while you're practicing an instrument, defeating online monsters, or writing your latest novel?

I experience flow in multiple games. When I play Minecraft, I am "in the zone" and, afterwards, often can't remember what I did. When I play Pixel Quest (I'm all about low-quality graphics) I am focused and don't notice what's around me. I, like most, love the experience and I often lose track of time. I, however, am not experiencing flow currently, probably because of lack of excitement or drama.

submitted by Jimbot6000, age 10.75, Minecraft, the Internet
(May 7, 2015 - 7:14 pm)

This is on the paper edition, page 27 on the section REWARD. In the second paragraph of that section, it states that dopamine is the feel-good chemical in the brain. But (according to Temple Grandin's Animals in Translation) dopamine is the SEEKING chemical in the brain; the one that is activated when you are searching for food, searching the store for your favorite fruit, or searching for the meaning of life in your philosophy group or whatever (not that I go to a philosophy group). 

When rats searched for food in a lab, there was dopamine in their brains. When the rats found the food, the dopamine was turned off (or however you want to say "no more dopamine").

I REALLY, REALLY hope that some editor from Muse will look at this and reply. 

submitted by Sophia W., age 12, Brookline, MA
(May 9, 2015 - 6:55 pm)

I usually get the flow when I play subway surfers. Even though it's a pretty continuous game, there is just enough the right amount of goals where it hooks you and you want to keep playing.

submitted by Laurel H., age 12, Southlake TX
(May 10, 2015 - 7:49 am)

Reading, if it's a good book. Listening to music, definitely...watching "How It's Made" (Machines are honestly a bit hypnotizing)...Honestly, watching any of my TV shows or movies...Playing "Animal Crossing" or other video games...sleeping...Reading Muse, of course....It happens a lot.

submitted by Anonymous Badger, The TARDIS
(May 10, 2015 - 12:22 pm)

I could watch how its made for 10 hours and not even realize how long its been

I also get in the flow when i read a good book or reading my favorite stories and articles in cricket brand magazines. (IM NOT JUST SAYING THAT BECAUSE IM ON A MUSE WEBPAGE

submitted by Zoe H., age 11, Minneapolis, MN
(May 13, 2015 - 4:56 pm)

I lose track of time when I am playing with my hedgehog, King George hedgesworth Hedgehums Hedgie CocoaPuff.  

submitted by Natty R., age 10, west point
(May 14, 2015 - 4:14 pm)