“Don’t overdo it”, it is something I seldom need to say to my students or children, but still: is there something such as ‘overlearning’?
This new study argues that ‘overlearning’ can have a benefit: if you learn past mastery this may help protect what you’ve learned from interference that could undermine what you’ve learned. This claim is based on experiments on a particular learning exercise, so it’s still hard to tell how general this could be as a rule, still lead author Kazuhisa Shibata does think they are up to something that good well be generalized.
From the press release:
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