Jennifer COOK

Nationality British
Year of selection2011
InstitutionRadboud University Nijmegen Medical Centre
CountryNetherlands
RiskLife risks

Type of support

Post-Doctoral Fellowship

Granted amount

120 000 €

Duration

2 years

A “mirror” in our brains?!

Learning from trial and error can be slow and error-prone. In contrast, social learning (learning by watching others) can help us to pick-up new information quickly without repeating mistakes that others have made. Despite this little is known of the mechanisms that underpin social learning. Using brain imaging, Dr Jennifer Cook investigates brain regions involved in social learning. For the first time, she studies how a person’s social status and their genetic make-up influence social learning, and whether temporary attitude inductions can speed it up. Dr Cook’s discoveries could be applied to traditional teaching (how to improve it), decision-making in the workplace or even to the treatment of people affected by Autism Spectrum Conditions, who may have difficulties with social learning."

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