Mary Helen Immordino-Yang: Embodied Brains, Social Minds, Cultural Meaning

Mary Helen Immordino-Yang

April 3, 2017
The Great Hall

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On April 3rd, 2017 we had our seventh speaker for the 2017 Convocation Series. Our Speaker was Mary Immordino and her topic was "Embodies, Brains, Social Minds, and Cultural Meaning". In Dr. Immordino's presentation she spoke about what are feelings, and how does the brain support them. She also talked about what the roles of feelings play in the brain's learning process. 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. It was so fascinating to hear about how our feelings impacts our brain and our learning process. We hope to see you at our last Convocation for the 2017 Series on April 13th, 2017 in The Great Hall at 11:30am. Our last Speaker is Jeffrey Brown and he will be talking about "Reporter's Notebook". Come out and find out what this is all about. See you then