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Wednesday, November 18, 2020

Enhancing Learning with Praise

Praise should work,   but how do you deliver it, and best understand its behavioral implications?  Contextual influence?   This is an example I want to see more data on.

Motivational Artificial Beings Better Than 1 for Enhancing Learning

University of Tsukuba (Japan)

November 5, 2020

A study by researchers at the University of Tsukuba in Japan found that praise delivered by robots and virtual graphics-based agents has an impact similar to that of praise delivered by humans, when it comes to improving offline learning. Study participants learned a finger-tapping task under different conditions over a two-day period, with variations in timing and frequency of praise, the number of agents, and whether the agents were physically present or on a screen. Said the university's Takamasa Iio, "We found that praise led to a measurable increase in task performance, indicating increased offline consolidation of the task. Further, two agents led to significantly greater participant performance than one agent, even when the amount of praise was identical."

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