Embracing and Harnessing the Intimate Connection Between Emotion and Cognition to Help Students Learn

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Abstract

Traditionally, cognition and emotion were believed to be independent systems; however, research in the cognitive and neurobiological sciences has shown that the relationship between cognition and emotion is both interdependent and extensive. This intimate connection between emotion and cognition is leading to a number of insights that have the potential to inform and transform educational practices at all levels—from the classroom to the curriculum to educational policy. The question that has been on my mind (and on my heart) is, as a teacher, how can I both embrace and harness the power of emotion to help my students’ learning be more meaningful, useful, and intrinsically motivated? In this article, I would like to share with you some of the effective practices that I have implemented in my classroom and how I have worked to intentionally embed the emotional aspect of learning into the framework of the courses I teach.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)87-96
Number of pages10
JournalJournal of Food Science Education
Volume18
Issue number4
DOIs
StatePublished - Oct 1 2019

Keywords

  • and teaching
  • education
  • emotion
  • learning
  • motivation

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Food Science
  • Education

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