Graduate Student Baohua Zhou, Prof. Nemenman, and collaborators propose a new theory of sensorimotor learning in animals.


(From L to R): Ilya Nemenman, Baohua Zhou, and Samuel Sober

“Skilled behaviors are learned through a series of trial and error. The ubiquity of such processes notwithstanding, current theories of learning fail to explain how the speed and the magnitude of learning depend on the pattern of experienced sensory errors. This paper introduces a theory, formulated and tested in the context of a specific behavior—vocal learning in songbirds. The theory explains the observed dependence of learning on the dynamics of sensory errors. Furthermore, it makes additional strong predictions about the dynamics of learning that are verified experimentally."

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