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.'”
Comments on “Our Brains Cheat During Learning”
Seems like another function of a computer, cache, has prior art from mother nature.
Our brains are fantastically more advanced than any computer we have invented yet, or at least they can be. Most people just go on autopilot most of the time. But, none of our computers can yet match our imaginations! (But hopefully they will soon exceed us.)