Carnegie Mellon University

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April 27, 2021

Yu Featured in Ladders

Byron Yu, professor of biomedical engineering and electrical and computer engineering, and Steve Chase, associate professor of biomedical engineering, were recently featured in a Ladders Inc. article highlighting what actually happens in your brain when you are learning.

The collaborative research, published in Nature Neuroscience, examined how changes in internal states, such as arousal, attention, motivation, and engagement can affect the learning process using brain-computer interface (BCI) technology. Findings suggest that changes in internal states can systematically influence how behavior improves with learning, thus paving the way for more effective methods to teach people skills quickly, and to a higher level of proficiency.