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Why motivation to learn declines with age

Why motivation to learn declines with age

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Motivation to learn

As people get older, they often lose their motivation to learn new things. This get-up-and-go attitude is vital for our social well-being and learning.

In order to survive, we need to be able to learn what is good for us, and what is bad for us. But, a person may value a reward so highly t...

Many mental health disorders can skew the ability to evaluate the cost and rewards of an action, such as anxiety and depression.

A depressed person may undervalue potentially rewarding experiences.

Neuroscientists have now identified a brain circuit that is critical for maintaining cost and reward motivation.

Researchers are working on possible drug treatments that could stimulate this circuit. They suggest that training patients to enhance activity in this circu...

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