How The Brain Functions When A Person Plays

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Some researchers have discovered a new approach in studying the brain and how it evaluates the manners and possible upcoming actions of others at times of competitive communal interactions. Their study is presented in a periodical of Proceedings of National Academy of Sciences. This study is the primary to apply computational theory to tease out the dissimilar patterns of movements of brain throughout these interactions. When the players play against each other in any game, they make efforts to create an intellectual model of the intentions of other person like what they will do and how they will play the game etc. This will help the players to play in opposition to each other strategically.

The researchers say that they are interested to know how these processes occur in brain. Initial studies considered only how an individual learns from results of his own actions, which is called the reinforcement learning. But the present studies have now discovered heightened movements in the basal ganglia. The studies show that there is a set of brain which is engaged in the regulation of muscle actions, learning and targets. Most of these structure signal through the neurotransmitter dopamine.

These have been studied pretty well and it is ascertained that the dopamine appears to carry the signal so that it can learn about the consequences of our own activities. The study failed to figure out how individuals learn from the activities of other individuals. Researchers named this kind of learning as belief learning. To understand the concept in better way the researchers applied functional magnetic resonance imaging to keep track of the movements in the brains of the players when they played against each other in a game. This FMRI analyzed the strategies of the players and result of every move to track the brain regions engaged in learning. These findings offer prospect insights into the functioning of brain.



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