Memories of Mistakes Help Speed Up Learning

August 16, 2014 11:30 AM

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New research has discovered why people learn a task faster the second or third time around — not only are they helped by memories of how to perform the task, but also by memories of the mistakes they made the first time around.

“In learning a new motor task, there appear to be two processes happening at once,” said Reza Shadmehr, Ph.D., a professor in the Department of Biomedical Engineering at the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine.

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