Admiration for Virtue, Neural Processing of Moral Excellence

Published: March 28, 2017 | Read Time: 1 minutes

Mary Helen Immordino-YangSUU Convocations is honored to present SUU’s Keynote Speaker for the 2017 Festival of Excellence, Mary Helen Immordino-Yang. Mary Helen will be presenting on the topic of how our mind processes and is influenced by our emotions. Mary Helen’s book, Emotions, Learning, and the Brain, will be available for purchase during the convocation. Her lecture will take place in the Gilbert Great Hall at 4 pm on April 3. The convocation will be followed by a reception and the event is free and open to the public. 

Mary Helen contains a strong desire and fascination with the human mind and how our actions are affected by our emotions. Much of her work has gone into learning how the brain will learn depending on the emotions that it encounters. Her work has taken her into the classroom where is she has been able to see evidence in student’s emotions and their school work. She continues her work and is currently the 2016-2018 president of the International Mind, Brain and Education Society. She has studied at USC, Harvard, and continued with post-doctoral studies with Antonio Damasio and Robert Rueda.

Mary Helen’s projects and research have taken her into the classroom and continues to have funded work in areas like social-emotional development and the relations to school and life achievement in urban contexts. Her book¸ Emotions, Learning, and the Brain, is the result of over a decade’s worth of work in the classroom and studies that sophisticatedly presents her knowledge with, “the potential to revolutionize educational theory and practice.”

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