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In this article in Educational Leadership, neurologist and educator Judy Willis explains how brain research shows that engaging, relevant, and stress-reduced environments promote more effective learning and higher levels of cognition. Willis describes the techniques and biology involved in this field, including brain imaging, the role of the amygdala as a learning filter, and how the release of dopamine during exciting and interesting experiences supports memory and understanding. The implications for teaching include: make learning relevant and joyful, take breaks and reduce the stress level, and allow for independent learning and discovery.
Author: Judy Willis
Willis, J. (2007). The Neuroscience of Joyful Education. Educational Leadership., ASCD. Volume 64.