AANS Neurosurgeon | Volume 26, Number 2, 2017

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UCLA-Caltech Study Identifies Brain Cells That Help Us Learn by Watching Others

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Picture a little boy imitating his father shaving in the mirror or a little girl wobbling proudly in her mother’s high heels. From infancy, we learn by watching other people, then use those memories to help us predict outcomes and make decisions in the future. Now a UCLA-Caltech study has pinpointed the individual neurons in the brain that support observational learning. The findings could provide scientists with a better understanding of how the brain goes awry in conditions like learning disorders and social anxiety disorder. To read more, click here.

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