How to Learn faster

Research shows that positive reinforcement for being right is not nearly the help towards learning that we thought it would be . (No doubt it helps towards self-esteem, but that's a different matter.) What really helps us to learn is realizing that we're wrong. In fact, reinforcement that we are wrong is the key.

 [U]nless we experience the unpleasant symptoms of being wrong — that surge of Pe activity a few hundred milliseconds after the error, directing our attention to the very thing we’d like to ignore — the mind will never revise its models. We’ll keep on making the same mistakes, forsaking self-improvement for the sake of self-confidence. Samuel Beckett had the right attitude: “Ever tried. Ever failed. No matter. Try Again. Fail again. Fail better.” 

 We learn best when we learn to fail better.


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