Learning from Your Mistakes: The Role of Dopamine Activity in Prediction Errors

Understanding how associative learning occurs in the brain is one of the most important questions in neuroscience. One of the key concepts in associative learning relates to the idea of a prediction error — a mismatch between what we expect to happen and what actually happens. Both humans and animals use prediction errors to learn; the greater the error, the greater the learning. Prediction errors can be calculated using the…

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Lincoln M. Tracy
Research Fellow and Freelance Writer