Monthly Archives: September 2011

Learning What Not to Do

via Axon Sports

In the world of sports, learning can take place in a number of ways. For example, a player can learn from listening to a coach, watching a teammate, watching an opponent, trying a number of times until success is reached, etc. A research team at Bristol University conducted a study in which they scanned the brains of participants while they battled an artificial opponent in a computer game. They found that players learned from their own successes, but that they showed no increase in neural activity when their opponent succeeded. Rather, additional brain activity occurred when the opponent failed. These failures created reward signals in the brain as well as learning …

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