Could forgetting help us learn by keeping us motivated?

Learning, motivation, and reward are complicated neurological entities. Recent research has made headway, but many questions remain. Paradoxically, according to the latest study, forgetting expectations of a reward could, in fact, help us to learn better in certain situations.How we are motivated to find rewards seems dependent on forgetfulness, to a certain extent. Although the mechanisms by which learning, reward, and motivation, occur are not well understood, the neurotransmitter dopamine is known to be heavily involved. The current study adds to our knowledge of how dopamine translates to reward and how this information is processed in the brain; it attempts to answer some pressing questions. It builds on previous work that demonstrated how forgetting might actually aid certain forms of learning. …

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