Yu quoted in Quanta on roadblocks to learning

 

April 3, 2018

Quanta Magazine quoted Byron Yu and BME’s Steve Chase on their research of learning. Much research on intelligence emphasizes brain plasticity, the ability to respond and adapt to new information. But, Yu and Chase show the stubbornness of the brain to change. They researched the motor cortex of monkeys and discovered that, as the subjects learned new tasks, the cortex inefficiently repeated and reassociated old neural activity patterns to suit the new actions. This research provides new insights into the short-term constraints of plasticity. For the long-term, Yu and Chase postulated these insights might explain how novices and experts process information.
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