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Navigating The Many Dangers of Experience

‘…but expe­ri­ence can be a detri­ment when it leads to an auto­mated response to new sit­u­a­tions…’

‘This kind of reflex­ive response is part of the human pre­dis­po­si­tion to learn early and quickly and then fall into a habit­ual man­ner of thought…’

‘The ques­tion we must con­tin­u­ally con­front is whether, in a par­tic­u­lar sit­u­a­tion, the brain draws upon expe­ri­ence because it sum­mons up valu­able learn­ing or because the brain finds that pulling a quick answer from the data bank is eas­ier than apply­ing fresh deliberation…’

[return to Neuroscience in the News]