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SLRC Seminar Series - How The Brain Deals with Uncertainty

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Venue: Level 7 Auditorium, Queensland Brain Institute (Building #79) The University of Queensland, St Lucia Campus

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SLRC Seminar Series - How The Brain Deals with Uncertainty

Date: Wednesday 26th July, 2017

Time: 4.30 - 6.00pm (45 minute presentation, followed by 15 minutes question time and 30 minute tea/coffee)

Venue: Level 7 Auditorium, Queensland Brain Institute (Building #79) The University of Queensland, St Lucia Campus

Speaker: Dr John Morris, Queensland Brain Institute, The University of Queensland

Learning can be viewed as a process by which new and unfamiliar information is integrated with pre-existing knowledge, beliefs and habits: it is part of the brain’s response to uncertain and unpredictable events. We are now gaining a better understanding of the neural and psychological processes involved in learning, and in this talk I will discuss a number of topics, including uncertainty/entropy, the Bayesian brain, the testing effect, cognitive disequilibrium, noradrenergic function, theta oscillations, reconsolidation and the partial reinforcement extinction effect, and consider how they might be relevant to classroom teaching.

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