learning

Learning how the brain learns

January 29, 2016

For UChicago neuroscientist David Freedman, the key to understanding the brain’s ability to learn is to focus on a specific cognitive function where learning, memory and decision making all intersect—visual categorization. [Read more]

The Long Memory of the First Cigarette

May 9, 2011

Every new experience leaves a mark on our brain, from a fleeting burst of electricity and neurotransmitters to a longer-lasting architectural shift. When we meet a new person, learn a new fact, or visit a new place, connections in our brains [Read more]

Where Categories Meet Decisions

February 9, 2011

One of the most important functions of the brain is to make decisions. Even the simplest animals need to make choices based on sensory information: is that thing over there food or a predator, and should I eat it, or run from it? Making the right [Read more]

Better Sleep, Better Learning?

February 15, 2010

Imagine a child who gets good grades in school, listens well to his teacher, and is commended for his good behavior in the classroom. Then slowly, his grades start to decline, he grows moodier, and his teacher reports that his attention often drifts [Read more]