Emotions, Learning, and the Brain

Emotions, Learning, and the Brain

Exploring the Educational Implications of Affective Neuroscience

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An orientation to affective neuroscience as it relates toeducators.
In this ground-breaking collection, Mary Helen Immordino-Yang—an affective neuroscientist, human development psychologist, and former public school teacher—presents a decade of work with the potential to revolutionize educational theory and practice by deeply enriching our understanding of the complex connection between emotion and learning.With her signature talent for explaining and interpreting neuroscientific findings in practical, teacher-relevant terms, Immordino-Yang offers two simple but profound ideas: first, that emotions are such powerful motivators of learning because they activate brain mechanisms that originally evolved to manage our basic survival; and second, that meaningful thinking and learning are inherently emotional, because we only think deeply about things we care about. Together, these insights suggest that in order to motivate students for academic learning, produce deep understanding, and ensure the transfer of educational experiences into real-world skills and careers, educators must find ways to leverage the emotional aspects of learning.Immordino-Yang has both the gift for captivating readers with her research and the ability to connect this research to everyday learning and teaching. She examines true stories of learning success with relentless curiosity and an illuminating mixture of the scientific and the human.What are feelings, and how does the brain support them? What role do feelings play in the brain's learning process? This book unpacks these crucial questions and many more, including the neurobiological, developmental, and evolutionary origins of creativity, facts and myths about mirror neurons, and how the perspective of social and affective neuroscience can inform the design of learning technologies.

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The author explores the role of emotions in learning and their educational implications. She first discusses how people feel in educational and other learning contexts, and how the brain structures conscious experiences with emotional meaning, with discussion of the relevance of affective and social neuroscience to education, the implications of the brain at rest for human development and education, and the possibilities of affective and social neuroscience for educational theory. The second part addresses implications for learning and teaching, including the network-based, dynamic nature of skill development; pedagogical strategies to support the development of experience-based intuitions; the interdependence of emotion and cognition in poetry writing development; the role of emotion in the learning of two students who had a brain hemisphere removed to control seizures; the role of mirror neurons; the importance of nonconscious emotional processing in social emotion and the linking of the conscious mind to nonconscious biological regulatory systems; and implications for the design of digital learning technologies. Annotation ©2015 Ringgold, Inc., Portland, OR (protoview.com)

Publisher: New York :, W.W. Norton & Company,, [2016]
Edition: First edition
ISBN: 9780393709810
Characteristics: 206 pages ; 25 cm


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