Monkeys Learn In The Same Way As Humans

3 Aug 2007

An interesting article from ScienceDaily:

“Like humans, monkeys benefit enormously from being actively involved in learning instead of having information presented to them passively,” said Nate Kornell, a UCLA postdoctoral scholar in psychology and lead author of the study, which appears in the August issue of the journal Psychological Science. “The advantage of active learning appears to be a fundamental property of memory in humans and nonhumans alike.” . “Many people,” Kornell noted, “have had the experience of listening to a computer instructor open a menu and go through a series of steps. Then you try to do it, and you don’t even know which menu or what the first step is. If you are passively following along, you won’t remember it as well as if you’re forced to do it yourself. Active learning is much harder, but if you can do it successfully, you will remember it much better in the long run.

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