Praise Enhances People's Learning Skills: Research
Nagoya, Nov. 8 (Jiji Press)--People learn new physical skills better when they are praised by others, a group of Japanese researchers have shown, suggesting a possible application of the findings to practical use.
The study, conducted by Norihiro Sadato of the Okazaki, Aichi Prefecture-based National Institute for Physiological Sciences and four others, was published in the U.S. scientific journal Plos One on Wednesday.
"Praise may facilitate learning in educational and rehabilitation settings, too," Sadato said.
In their experiment, the researchers trained 48 right-handed men and women on a sequential finger-tapping task on computers. The participants practiced typing sequential numbers with their left hands as accurately and quickly as possible within 30 seconds, for a total of 12 times.
After the practice, they were divided into three groups regardless of their practice results. The first group was shown a video in which an evaluator gives a positive assessment of the participant's performance.