What is the best way to learn for older people?

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Recent research from Canadian researchers found that older people benefit more from learning via trial and error, than younger people. In two different studies, researchers compared the benefits for memory of trial-and-error learning with errorless learning in memory exercises with groups of healthy young and older adults. The young adults were in their 20s and the older adults' average age was 70. Andreé-Ann Cyr conducted the research at Baycrest as a doctoral student in Psychology at the University of Toronto, in collaboration with senior author and scientist Dr. Nicole Anderson. There results showed that older people benefited two and a half times better than younger people. This is a very interesting discovery. Previously rehabilitation clinics thought that "errorless" learning was most beneficial for older adults. This can be used the future to outlaw previous traditional beliefs of the negative effects of trial¬-and¬ error learning, which is thought to be more taxing on the brain. psych.gif Learning styles are something that I believe are very unique and customized. However, there is room for improvement and new learning styles can still be discovered. By researching the past and analyzing different approaches through studies and experiments we can continue to strive to discover new information for society.
Attached is a video of a humorous cat study learning by Trial and Error.

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