Passion

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Passion (herein) is a set of behaviors generated by a "passion network", which is the subset of the knowledge valuation network in where high value activations induce behaviors that carry a potential of high reward.

In natural development based on free learning, passions wax and wane while the concept network of the brain evolves in the process of adaptation to the environment. As the networks are subject to stabilization, dramatic changes in passions decrease in frequency with age.

Passion instability that comes from a rapid change in leading valuations may be indicative of (1) positive: the immature knowledge network (e.g. at a young age), or (2) negative: flat valuations caused by traumas of life. The latter is caused by insufficient space and time for passions to grow, and traumatic events that may overwrite old memories with new memories associated with pain or fear.

See: Childhood passions

This glossary entry is used to explain texts in SuperMemo Guru series on memory, learning, creativity, and problem solving