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Flexing the brain: Why learning tasks can be difficult
August 27, 2014
This material is available primarily for archival purposes. Telephone numbers or other contact information may be out of date; please see current contact information at media contacts.Learning a new skill is easier when it is related to an ability we already have. For example, a trained pianist can learn a new melody easier than learning how to hit a tennis serve. Scientists at the Center for the Neural Basis of Cognition--a joint program between Carnegie Mellon University and the University of Pittsburgh--have discovered a fundamental constraint in the brain that may explain why this happens.Full Story
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