Friday, July 31, 2009

Learning Takes Place When You Get Things Right

Learning Takes Place When You Get Things Right
Brain cells tune in on success, monkey experiment finds: HealthDay


It is often stated that people learn from their mistakes, but new research sugests people may figure out more from their successes than from their failures.

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"If the monkey just got a correct answer, a signal lingered in its brain that said, 'You did the right thing.' Right after a correct answer, neurons processed information more sharply and effectively, and the monkey was more likely to get the next answer correct as well," Miller said in the news release.

But after a monkey made an error "there was no improvement. In other words, only after successes, not failures, did brain processing and the monkeys' behavior improve."

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