Journal article

Human medial frontal cortex activity predicts learning from errors

Robert Hester, Natalie Barre, Kevin Murphy, Tim J Silk, Jason B Mattingley

CEREBRAL CORTEX | OXFORD UNIV PRESS INC | Published : 2008

Abstract

Learning from errors is a critical feature of human cognition. It underlies our ability to adapt to changing environmental demands and to tune behavior for optimal performance. The posterior medial frontal cortex (pMFC) has been implicated in the evaluation of errors to control behavior, although it has not previously been shown that activity in this region predicts learning from errors. Using functional magnetic resonance imaging, we examined activity in the pMFC during an associative learning task in which participants had to recall the spatial locations of 2-digit targets and were provided with immediate feedback regarding accuracy. Activity within the pMFC was significantly greater for e..

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