brain

a diagram showing the rat learning the obstacle course The big word here is schema. A schema is one network that represents a certain set of knowledge. An easy example is research done by training rats in an obstacle course. The course had different treats hidden at specific places. It took weeks of training for the rats to learn which treats were where. During that time, their brains were adding receptors, synapses, and neurons to from a schema representing the maze. Then the researchers added a new treat and a new place. The rats learned the new information on the first try. Because they had already worked to make a schema, it was easy to learn new similar information.

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