Episode 19 – Thrills

This week’s Crockcast on Thrills starts a little differently because Michael tries something new, stabby, icy, and allegedly beautifying. It’s a peel-off face mask. So, the duo put it on at the very beginning and peel it off at the end. Talk about thrilling! Am-I-right?

Thrilling Memories

Michael and Katherine share memories about specific thrills from their past including a terrifying roller coaster at the magnificent Cedar Point – Our Roller Coaster World Capital.

That’s because sometimes thrill-seeking gets so intense you want to throw yourself off a platform where you’ve been waiting in line to ride-the-ride. Other times it leads to waking up beside a bedtime buddy who likes to light up a cig first thing in the morning. Either way, it’s a CROCK!

Photo care of Cedar Point for Cleveland.com

Cheap Thrills – Bring the Sexy Back

The Crockcast truly kicks off when Michael lists some alleged Cheap Thrills from an article he found on the Redbook Magazine website. But it’s not as sexy as you might like because he “curated” all the hot parts out. This forces Katherine to pull out the NC-17 guns and bring the sexy back to this lame list. Otherwise it just may have been a major yawn – listen and decide for yourself.

Bring the sprinkler in via the doggy door for thrill-seeking canine style

Fetishes & Mice in Mazes

Katherine takes the Crockcast in a different direction next with an exploration into what’s known as the Arousal Theory of Motivation. She grew interested in this when forced to dump an ex (ages ago) because of his odd baby fetish  …with help from a psychiatrist friend.

This theory evolved out of the psychological work of Robert Yerkes and John Dillingham Dodson. They studied mice in mazes to explore stress and arousal levels impact on performance. What they found can help us understand the impact of thrills on behavior and performance in particular. These days the theory continues to intrigue Katherine because of its applications to understanding (seemingly) bizarre human behavior.

Some fetishes just plain aren’t sexy

Chasing the High, ie. Dopamine

Michael brings the Crockcast back down to earth a bit with a discussion of risk-taking and dopamine-seeking. According to neurological research, those who take more risks get a dopamine hit when they go for thrills and it can lead to even more risk-taking behavior. Some experts thus believe addictive behavior is related to either fewer dopamine receptors in the subject’s brain or maybe a lack of ability to process the dopamine properly. So, if you’re into thrill-seeking behavior it may just be your brain’s fault, bro.

Find Thrills in the Everyday

Katherine polishes off the thrills with a story about tiny everyday excitements that melt your icy spots inside. The Goods Mart was created by Rachel Krupa, who saw social opportunity in mundane shopping. “More than anything else right now, we want to know who our neighbors are, we want to talk to people, we want to have this connection,” Ms. Krupa says.

Rachel does this when she brings a feeling of small community to LA and NYC with crunchy granola versions of 7-Eleven. That way big city kombucha-seekers can drop into her neighborhood deli-type establishments and pick up the goods along with a hearty hello and some everyday thrills. Checkout the podcast to hear more about it.

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