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Carrot or stick in motor learning

A study shows that reward and punishment have distinct influences on motor adaptation. Punishing mistakes accelerates adaptation, whereas rewarding good behavior improves retention.

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Figure 1: Motor control is at the intersection of three fields: psychology, neuroscience and computational science.


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Sternad, D., Körding, K. Carrot or stick in motor learning. Nat Neurosci 18, 480–481 (2015).

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