How the brain decides what’s important.

In Brain Development, Brain General Structure and Function, Brain Science, Memory and Learning by Brainy Days Ahead

Princeton Neuroscience Institute researchers studied how we decide what to pay attention to in order to learn more effectively. Participants performed a multidimensional trial-and-error learning task, while their brains were being scanned using functional magnetic resonance imaging (fMRI). The researchers found we use selective attention, what we learn when something unexpected happens, to determine the value of different options and from that, what to pay attention to. Now the challenge is to use these insights in teaching and learning.