Learning How to Learn

Perceptual learning is the process of learning improved skills of perception. These
improvements range from simple sensory discriminations (e.g., distinguishing two musical tones from
one another) to complex categorizations of spatial and temporal patterns relevant to real-world
expertise (e.g., knowing whether or not an x-ray image shows a tumor). Underlying perceptual learning
are changes in the neural circuitry of the brain, termed “neuroplasticity.”

Led by: Martin Pusic, MD, PhD Associate Professor of Pediatrics and Associate Professor of Emergency Medicine, Harvard Medical School and co-director of Harvard Medical School’s master of medical sciences in medical education program

Neuroplasticity and its relevance to health professions education

Perceptual learning in visual diagnosis: on Pigeons, Gorillas and Us.