Research On Unconscious Learning

Research On Unconscious Learning

The current research on unconscious learning opposes the age old concept of learning. Previously, it was believed that one has to pay attention in order to learn something. Recent research highlights the fact that learning can be triggered in the presence of stimuli and reward, even when the individual is not aware about the presence of these two aspects. These techniques usually boost the visual learning capabilities.

However, the issue whether the acquiring of visual skill needs to be drilled by means of a goal oriented process or whether learning can take place involuntary without the aid of any mission, incentive or goal inclined attitude is still debatable. With the aim of clearing this particular doubt, certain experiments were conducted on few volunteers involving the elimination of task from perceptual learning.

An experiment was designed by Dr. Aaron Seitz from the Department of Psychology at the University of California, Riverside and his associates, Drs. Dongho Kim and Takeo Watanabe from Boston University. The volunteers were instructed to look at a computer monitor and sustain their gaze on a middle point. They were allowed to occasionally quench their thirst by a drop of water transmitted into their mouths through a tube. This drop of water acted as a reward since they were not allowed to either drink or eat anything for five continuous hours during the course of the experiment. In this case, the visual stimulus was paired with reward in the form of a drop of water. This experiment helped in supporting the fact that reward related learning indicators lead to improvements in visual stimuli. Hence, it was established that the association between stimulus and reward triggers learning.

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