Switching on one-shot learning in the brain

28 abril 2015

Most of the time, we learn only gradually, incrementally building connections between actions or events and outcomes. But there are exceptions–every once in a while, something happens and we immediately learn to associate that stimulus with a result. Scientists have discovered that uncertainty in terms of the causal relationship — whether an outcome is actually caused by a particular stimulus — is the main factor in determining whether or not rapid learning occurs.