Reward, learning and games

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The link between reward and learning has chiefly been studied scientifically in the context of reinforcement learning. This type of learning, which relies upon midbrain dopaminergic response, differs greatly from the learning valued by educators, which typically involves declarative memory formation. However, with recent insights regarding the modulation of hippocampal function by midbrain dopamine, scientific understanding of the midbrain response to reward may be becoming more relevant to education. Here, we consider the potential for our current understanding of reward to inform educational learning, and consider its implications for game-like interventions in the classroom.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)65-72
Number of pages8
JournalCurrent Opinion in Behavioral Sciences
Early online date7 May 2016
Publication statusPublished - Aug 2016

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Special issue: Neuroscience of education


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