Cognitive Sciences Stack Exchange is a question and answer site for practitioners, researchers, and students in cognitive science, psychology, neuroscience, and psychiatry. Join them; it only takes a minute:

Sign up
Here's how it works:
  1. Anybody can ask a question
  2. Anybody can answer
  3. The best answers are voted up and rise to the top

I've been reading a book "The Theory of Fun in Game Design" it talks about two concepts of psychology that I wanted to confirm are true. The writer the book isn't a psychologist.

The two concepts are Chunking Patterns and Enjoyment of Applying Patterns.

So, according to the book he says we are pattern matching all the time. That's one of the things our brain does best. Once we recognize a pattern enough we chunk it. So when we drive to work every morning we don't sometimes remember the details because we do it so often we chunk those details.

Art, Movies, Music, Games, etc... that interest us are because they are introducing new patterns that we can either learn or combine with previous patterns. This has been essential to our survival so our body rewards us for processing these new patterns by releasing endorphin's.

So, basically is this a bunch of hogwash or is there some truth behind this "theory"?

Also if this is true, is there somewhere I can read more about this?

share|improve this question
I can confirm that "chunking" is a very real and effective thing, this is the first time I've heard "chunking is fun" however and I can't find any yay/nay saying on the latter topic. – Ben Brocka Sep 1 '12 at 16:14
Well, I hope my post didn't confuse what I was trying to say, but the book says chunking occurs when we're bored. It's the "oh I'm being presented with new patterns that I can't just chunk" that the book says we see as being fun/enjoyable. I'm trying to figure out if this is common knowledge or hogwash. – Joey Green Sep 3 '12 at 13:02
"When bored" doesn't...really make sense at all. Chunking just happens when we're trying to learn things. Sure sometimes we seek things to learn when bored, but saying boredom is a necessary part is pretty absurd. Not sure there's going to be specific research about that though; it's not an idea I've ever heard in the context of real psychology – Ben Brocka Sep 3 '12 at 14:21

Your Answer


By posting your answer, you agree to the privacy policy and terms of service.

Browse other questions tagged or ask your own question.