Learners Aren’t Robots: Put Emotion Back into Training

You must turn off your emotions for the next hour. This training is a feeling-free zone. You do not have a report due at the end of the day. You do not have to get groceries on the way home. You are to studiously apply yourself and completely forget the outside world. Your training has spoken. Couldn’t we put emotion back into training?

Why is there so much training for robots out there? When did having a genuine reaction to something become a bad thing? After all, our brains have an easier time recalling memories that are linked to emotional events, regardless of whether they’re happy or upsetting. Emotional content also makes things more interesting.

Stop and think for a minute. What did you talk about last time you had a conversation? I bet you swapped stories, discussed shared interests, or vented about something that’s bothering you. All of these are tied to human emotions. What commercials do you remember best? They’re probably ones that made you laugh or feel bad (think of those Humane Society spots that want you to adopt a rescued animal). Emotion.

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