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Making a mistake can put your brain on ‘pause’

Published Tuesday March 14

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Study shows how one error can lead to another

DOMINO EFFECT When people have to make abundant decisions very quickly, making one mistake can decrease accuracy on the next choice, too.

Mistakes can be learning opportunities, but the brain needs time for lessons to sink inches

When facing a fast and furious stream of decisions, even the momentary distraction of noting an error can decrease accuracy on the next choice researchers report in the March fifteen Journal of Neuroscience .

“There does seem to be a little bit of time for people, after mistakes, where you are sort of offline,” says Jason Moser, a psychologist at Mich. State University in East Lansing, who wasn’t part of the study.

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