New Findings On Parkinson's Disease And Effect On Patient Behavior:
"Gluck explains that an increased sensitivity to learning from events that results in positive outcomes, coupled with a decrease in the ability to learn from negative outcomes, could explain why some Parkinson patients treated with dopamine agonists develop impulse-control disorders, including pathological gambling, hypersexuality, alcoholism, and compulsive eating and shopping. All of these behaviors can be understood as reward-seeking behaviors in the absence of appropriate sensitivity to their negative consequences."
Wednesday, July 8, 2009
The point is that to understand the mechanisms of learning, it is illuminating to examine what happens when things break down. The fact is that most life activity - including learning - is shaped by positive and negative outcomes. Understanding how that plays out in bottom of the pyramid High Schools might go a long way to managing attendance and homework compliance.