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These are some ofthe questions we shall ans wer in the next chapter. 1 REINFORCEMENT OR REWARD In Socrates' original tutoria1 he wou1d have encouraged P1ato's progress by a11 sorts of nods, smi1es, mur murs or 'that's right's. This feedback is technica11y called reinfarcement or, more usually, reward. In the 1950s, Skinner and his associates wou1d not accept the use of the term 'reward' because that implied that there were natural events that cou1d be called rewards. But we know now, from brain research, that many ofthe things or events that reinforce 1earning are, in fact, 'natural' reinforcers.

6 second is of the highest importance and crops up repeatedly from quite different research sources. One of the reasons why Mark Twain's teacher sitting at the end of a log is so effective is that he can reinforce the boy within this latency period. Ordinary conversations are examples of mutual reinforcements with superbly-timed latencies. These reinforcements consist of smiles, nods and verbal encouragement given from one talker to the other as soon as each has finished. Ethologists study conversations like these by means of analysing frozen frames of a recorded REINFORCEMENT video film every hundredth of a second or so.

It would then be highly probable that the new skills you had started to learn would be completely forgotten. Another example that is very common is reading (and understanding) a bedside novel for several pages and then falling asleep. Taking up the book the next day reveals that you had totally forgotten what you' d read! In the initial period after the new facts have entered the hippocampus it is vitally important that they start to make connection with pre-existing knowledge held in permanent storage in a region of the brain called the neocortex.

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