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Why Emotions Matter in Schools

Finn Ryan

Center Founder Richard Davidson discusses the neuroscience of social, emotional and academic learning with ExpandED Schools.

He comments on adolescent stress and development, brain research, and education policies, emphasizing that there is no one-size-fits-all approach to well-being.

"The brain circuits important for social emotional learning interact with circuits that are important for cognitive learning – so if one is anxious, stressed or emotionally unbalanced, this has deleterious effects on the circuitry for other types of learning."

Richard Davidson