Tuesday, September 30, 2008

Neurology of learning

From an e! Science News article, September 25, 2008, From 12 years onward you learn differently.

Eight-year-old children have a radically different learning strategy from twelve-year-olds and adults. Eight-year-olds learn primarily from positive feedback ('Well done!'), whereas negative feedback ('Got it wrong this time') scarcely causes any alarm bells to ring. Twelve-year-olds are better able to process negative feedback, and use it to learn from their mistakes. Adults do the same, but more efficiently.

It is a short article and worth reading in its entirety.

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