Our Brains Cheat During Learning

from the ah,-there-goes-that-brain-again... dept

Roland Piquepaille writes “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 on my blog 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.'”

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