Academy for Social-Emotional Learning in Schools

Brain-Based Learning



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Emotional Regulation for Kids With ADHD

Summary:  This article suggests six brain-based strategies to help kids with attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder build confidence, engagement, and focus.

Source:  Dr. Lori Desautels, Edutopia, March 31, 2017

Categories:  SEL Basics, Mental Health, Brain-Based Learning



Brain-Based Learning

Study of Brain Waves Could Answer How Learning Occurs

Summary: This article reports on an experimental study done by Washington State University which studies how children respond in terms of eye movements, pulse, and brain waves as they are taught in a classroom environment.  This research seeks to identify the link between teaching and learning and using an experimental research design, determine how students engage in learning from a cognitive and emotional perspective.

Source:  Alison DeNisco, District Administration, May 2016

Categories: Brain Based Learning. Educational Research



Emotions Help Steer Students’ Learning, Studies Find

Summary: In a new book, Emotions, Learning, and the Brain, Immordino-Yang and her colleagues at USC’s Brain Creativity Institute found that as students learn new rules during a task, such as the most efficient way to answer a math problem or the best deck to choose in a card game, they show emotional and physical responses long before they became consciously aware of the rules or are able to articulate them.

Source: Sarah D. Sparks, Education Week, April 27, 2016

Categories: SEL Research, Brain-Based Learning



Brains in Pain Cannot Learn!

Summary:  This article cites the importance of what our students are bringing with them to school in terms of stress and possibly even trauma to their brains and the recognition that learning is difficult and perhaps even impossible when the brain is in stress response mode.

Source: Dr. Lori Desautels, Edutopia, January 7, 2016

Categories:  Brain-Based Learning, SEL Basics



Using Brain Science to Boost Social and Emotional Skills

Summary: This issue brief from the University of Minnesota Extension Series explores the relevance of brain science to social and emotional learning, with a particular emphasis on how youth workers can apply this learning to youth development programs

Source: Susan Beaulieu and Kathyrn Sharpe, University of Minnesota Youth Development Issue Brief, July 2015

Category: SEL Basics, SEL Research, Brain-Based Learning



School Neuroscience Unleashes Students’ Brain Power

Summary: Districts deploy the science of learning to engage students, close achievement gaps and overcome disabilities.  The article also includes some suggestions as to how to make neuroscience work for your school or district.

Source:  Matt Zalaznick, District Administration, July 2015

Categories: Brain-Based Learning, Student Engagement



Louis Cozolino – The Brain is a Social Organ

Summary:  Dr. Louis Cozolino, a psychologist and neuroscientist at Pepperdine University talks about the brain as a social organ and that it evolved to connect with other brains.

Source:  Dr. Louis Cozzolino, Inspire Ideas, Capella University, May 27, 2011

Categories: SEL Research, Brain-Based Learning