The authors of the new study, published in the July issue of Neuron, admit that human perseverance in unpredictable scenarios seems irrational. “According to standard learning models, you should not repeat any behavior if its outcome is negative. However, this is not what we do,” study co-author and Yale University neuroscientist Daeyeol Lee, Ph.D., explains to Inverse. “Often, when you have a goal, you persist even after repeated failures. This is one example where it might be beneficial to slow down learning or reduce the rate of learning.”
No matter how powerful it is, even the brain needs a break from learning. Previous studies have shown that if the brain was learning all the time, we would give up when we experience failure — in other words, it would “learn” from just a few failed attempts that trying is futile.
Bottom line, logic is not the ONLY way to solve problems. Sometimes it is best to sit and be quiet, and then allow intuition to come up with an answer. Something can happen, if there is the permission and silence to just BE. Silence is where anything new, creative or inspirational comes from.