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Setting aside the encyclopedic issue of what might make an unspecified stimulus funny, beautiful, or otherwise pleasing for its aesthetics, it's at least evident that you're asking about reinforcing stimuli that provide incentives via emotional reward(s). It's not clear how you expect to rule out conscious interest, but reinforcement learning may not ...


The answer ought to be a qualified "Yes." We don't only hear what we want, in as much as motivation has zero direct control over the transduction of auditory signals in a sensory sense. Motivation affects which way we turn our ears and whether we keep them in a room with sounds we want to hear vs. a room with sounds we don't want to hear, but if those sounds ...

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