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Learning & the Brain 47: Positive Student Minds (LatB47)


Learning & the Brain 47: Positive Student Minds (LatB47)



Positive Student Minds: The Science of Promoting Positive Emotions, Empathy, Grit & Gratitude

In order for students to thrive and succeed in today's high-stress, changing and chaotic world, they will need skills well beyond good test scores. Brain, behavioral and positive psychology research has shown that the most important skills for school/college success and achievement, life satisfaction, good health and wellbeing are resilience and positive emotions: optimism, gratitude, empathy, kindness and happiness. Discover why positive emotions are important for school success, wellbeing and behavior, ways to build student resilience against rising anxiety, adversity, bullying and depression, and strategies for promoting positive minds, students and schools.

Explore the Latest Research On:  

  • How Gratitude Builds Strengths, Resilience and School Success
  • The Brain Science of Positive Emotions, Thinking and Wellbeing
  • Strategies to Foster Optimistic, Empathetic and Grateful Children
  • Ways to Develop Positive Schools, Behaviors and School Climate
  • Promoting Positive Relationships, Empathy and Prosocial Skills
  • Applying Brain/Behavior/Positive Science to Help Children Thrive
  • Creating Caring, Courageous and Connected Children and Teens
  • Effects of Stress, Adversity, Poor Environments on Achievement
  • Interventions for Depression, Negative Behaviors and Bullying
  • The Role of Emotions and Environment on Reading and Math
  • Raising Resilience, Grit and Mindfulness in Students

Featured Speakers:

Martin E. P. Seligman, PhD, Founder and "Father" of Positive Psychology; Zellerbach Family Professor of Psychology, Department of Psychology; Director, Positive Psychology Center; Director, Master of Applied Positive Psychology Program, School of Arts and Sciences, University of Pennsylvania; Author, Flourish: A Visionary New Understanding of happiness and Well-being (2012), Learned Optimism (2006), The Optimistic Child (2007) and Authentic Happiness (2004)

Elaine Fox, PhD, Director, Oxford Centre for Emotions and Affective Science; Professor, Department of Experimental Psychology, University of Oxford; Author, Rainy Brain, Sunny Brain: How to Retrain Your Brain to Overcome Pessimism and Achieve a More Positive Outlook (2012) and Emotion Science: Cognitive and Neuroscientific Approaches to Understanding Human Emotions (2008)

Tina Payne Bryson, PhD, LCSW, Psychotherapist; Executive Director, The Center for Connection; Director of Parenting Education, Mindsight Institute; Child Development Specialist, Saint Marks School; Co-Author of the New York Times Bestsellers, The Whole-Brain Child (2012) and No-Drama Discipline (2014)

Horacio Sanchez, MEd, President/CEO, Resiliency Inc., Former Teacher; Author, The Education Revolution: How to Apply Brain Science to Improve Instruction and School Climate (2016) and A Brain-Based Approach to Closing the Achievement Gap (2008)

Anthony Biglan, PhD, Research Scientist, Nurture Networks, LLC; Senior Scientist, Oregon Research Institute; Co-Director, Promise Neighborhood Research Consortium; Author, The Nurture Effect: How the Science of Human Behavior Can Improve Our Lives and Our World (2015); Co-Author, Helping Adolescents at Risk (2005)

Linda Graham, MFT, Experienced Psychotherapist; Teacher of Mindful Self-Compassion; Author, Bouncing Back: Rewiring Your Brain for Maximum Resilience and Well-Being (2013), Winner of the 2014 Books for a Better World Award

Michele Borba, EdD, Psychologist; Bullying Prevention and Character Development Expert; Author, Unselfie: Why Empathetic Kids Succeed in Our All-About-Me World (2016), The 6Rs of Bullying Prevention (2016) and Building Moral Intelligence: The Seven Essential Virtues that Teach Kids to Do the Right Thing (2002)

Additional Information


  • Mind Brain and Education Program, Harvard Graduate School of Education
  • Center for the Study of Learning, Georgetown University
  • Dana Alliance for Brain Initiatives, The Dana Foundation
  • National Association of Elementary School Principals (NAESP)
  • Edutopia, The George Lucas Educational Foundation
  • Comer School Development Program, Yale University School of Medicine
  • The Center for STEM Education and Outreach, James Madison University
  • Neuro-Education Initiative, Johns Hopkins University School of Education
  • National Association of Secondary School Principals (NASSP)
  • Learning & the Brain Foundation

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