Psychotherapist Believes Email Addiction is a Function of 'Lottery Brain'

A psychotherapist believes that the reason many people check email frequently - some more than 100 times per day - is a function of 'lottery brain,' the part of the brain that produces the thought, hope or belief that miracles can happen. When she asked people what they secrety hoped they would find in their email, their responses included the hope that an old sweetheard was trying to reconnect, an acknowledgement of a piece of good work done, a love letter from a spouse, a note of gratitude from a child, or news that a windfall of cash is owed to them.

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