Monthly Archives: May 2016

Emotions Help Steer Students’ Learning, Studies Find

New research suggests emotions underpin how students learn in the classroom. In a new book, Emotions, Learning, and the Brain , Immordino-Yang and her colleagues at USC’s Brain Creativity Institute found that as students learn new rules during a task, such as the most efficient way to answer a math problem or the best deck to choose in a card game, they show emotional and physical responses long before they became consciously aware of the rules or are able to articulate them. Read more ›

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Building School Connectedness to Foster Resiliency in Children

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention report that students who feel more connected to their school have better health and educational outcomes than those who do not.  Students with strong school connectedness are less likely to engage in alcohol, tobacco, or other drug use (ATOD) or violence.  Engaging families, communities, and the students themselves creates a caring and supportive environment ripe for school connectedness.  It is vital for schools to foster the belief that the adults and peers at school care about student education as well as about the students as individuals. Read more ›

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Social Media Use Linked to Depression

The more time young adults use social media, the more likely they are to be depressed, according to new research from the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine.

The findings could guide clinical and public health interventions to tackle depression, forecast to become the leading cause of disability in high-income countries by 2030. The research, funded by the National Institutes of Health, is published online and scheduled for the April 1 issue of the journal Depression and Anxiety.

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Youth Suicide Rates Have Climbed Since 1999, Data Show

Stunning increases in U.S. suicide rates for all ages gripped headlines today as the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention released new data on the subject.

Overlooked in many stories: While the numbers of suicides for children remain low compared to other populations, girls aged 10-14 had the highest growth in suicide rates of any group between 1999 and 2014, the most recent year reported in federal data. In that time, the rate of suicides for girls in that age group tripled, growing from 0.5 per 100,000 people to 1.5 per 100,000 people. Read more ›

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