Active Versus Passive Learning (image) University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign Caption The new study showed that activity and interactivity increases between important brain regions in individuals who have more control over their learning environment, as compared to those who are passively absorbing information. The researchers found that the hippocampus is essential to the boost in performance that results from this heightened activity. Credit Joel Voss Usage Restrictions Image may be used only with stories about the research described in the news release. Please credit: Joel Voss Disclaimer: AAAS and EurekAlert! are not responsible for the accuracy of news releases posted to EurekAlert! by contributing institutions or for the use of any information through the EurekAlert system.