The News Portal of the RUB reports:People who are forced to learn do not remember as much as someone who practices on their own. An international research team, which includes Prof. Dr. Nikolai Axmacher (A02, A03, F02) from the Bochum Neuropsychology Unit, has now been able to show this. Those who learn in a self-determined manner and out of self-motivation learn more efficiently – externally determined learning worsens performance. According to the new article, the key lies in the theta oscillations generated by the hippocampus.
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