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Tuesday, March 09, 2004

Our Brains Cheat During Learning
Researchers have shown that our brains might cheat when learning, switching to 'automatic pilot' mode whenever it's possible. Instead of trying to answer a question by reasoning, our brain explore a catalog of previous answers to similar questions just to save time and avoid thinking.

They also made a fascinating discovery. This cheating mechanism also exists in people suffering from amnesia.

More details and references are available in this overview including a spectacular image of a cut-away view of the brain taken with the functional magnetic resonance imaging (fMRI) technology used by the researchers to detect regions where brain activity was reduced when performing repetitive tasks, a concept named 'neural priming.'
:: posted by Roland Piquepaille, 5:46 PM

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