WCNeuro S1, EP9 – Reward and Punishment with Dr Joe Galea and Dr Olivier Codol

As an undergraduate I was told that there is nothing our brains do which does not involve movement, even if we stay completely still thinking that thinking ultimately is preparation for some movement in the future. The brain effectively can be seen as a huge computer who’s main role is either to figure out what kind of movement we are going to do or to actually make us move. I confess after years I still don’t know how much I agree with that. That does not mean the psychology and neuroscience of our motion and more importantly our motor learning isn’t a rich field plum for discussion.
This episode we discuss the ways in which we can learn how people move and more aptly how they learn to move. Joe Galea starts off our episode providing us with some debunking on very old myths you will most certainly know from your years in the high school gymnasium then onto his PhD student Olivier Codol going through cutting edge research into how reward and punishment are tracked individually by the brain during the learning process. We wrap up with some legwork done by Oli that gets to the heart of how long it will take you to master any process in the world. If you would like to master listening to podcasts, downloading this one and clocking up those hours is a good way to start.
For more on Joe Galea and Olivier Codol please see our Floating Brains page on https://watercoolerneuroscience.co.uk/
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Tags: motor, motion, movement, learning, reward, punishment, neuroscience, Joe Galea, Oli Codol