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Biological Learning and ControlHow the Brain Builds Representations, Predicts Events, and Makes Decisions$
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Reza Shadmehr and Sandro Mussa-Ivaldi

Print publication date: 2012

Print ISBN-13: 9780262016964

Published to MIT Press Scholarship Online: August 2013

DOI: 10.7551/mitpress/9780262016964.001.0001

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Learning Faster

Learning Faster

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(p.213) 7 Learning Faster
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Biological Learning and Control
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Reza Shadmehr

Sandro Mussa-Ivaldi

Publisher:
The MIT Press
DOI:10.7551/mitpress/9780262016964.003.0008

This chapter presents some useful ideas on how to encourage the process of learning. It illustrates that speeding up learning can occur if the learner becomes more sensitive to prediction errors. This chapter suggests that as the brain is presented with a prediction error, it tries to learn a generative model. It shows that the generative model’s trial-to-trial change is a forgetting rate. Presumably, biological learning is a process of state estimation, and a process in which the brain learns the structure of the generative model.

Keywords:   memory, biological learning, prediction errors, generative model, brain, state estimation

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