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Study: Emotions help steer students' learning

from Education Week

Despite what "Star Trek's" Mr. Spock would have you think, emotions are not the enemy of reason. Rather, new research suggests emotions underpin how students learn in the classroom. "People think of emotion getting in the way of cognition, but it doesn't. Emotion steers our thinking; it's the rudder that directs our mind and organizes what we need to do," said Mary Helen Immordino-Yang, an associate professor of education, psychology and neuroscience at the University of Southern California, in an interview with Education Week. more

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