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Chapter 10. Learning from Experience and Performing Learned Actions are Easy; Problem Solving and Calculation are Hard

As we saw in the previous chapter’s comparison of recognition and recall, the human brain is good at some things and not so good at others. In this chapter, we compare several additional functions of the brain to show which functions it is good and bad at, and to see how to design computer systems accordingly. But first, a bit more about the brain and the mind.

We Have Three Brains

We really have three brains, or if you prefer, a brain with three main parts, each of which affects different aspects of our thought and behavior (Weinschenk, 2009):

  • The old brain: This is mainly the brain stem, where the spinal cord enters the base of ...

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