We would all agree that failing or making mistakes is not a pleasant experience. What we often do not realize, however, is that making mistakes can promote learning. Dr. Aaron Benjamin (University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign) shares with us that making mistakes during the learning process can actually be a good thing.


About the Author

Aaron Benjamin (Ph.D., UCLA) is a Professor of Psychology at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. He also holds appointments in the Program in Neuroscience and at the Beckman Institute for Advanced Science and Technology. Dr. Benjamin’s research interests are in human, animal, and artificial memory; computational representations of knowledge; applications of basic principles of learning in training environments; and memory in elderly and pathological human populations. He will begin as Chair-elect of the Psychonomic Society in 2016 and assume the role of Chair in 2017.

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