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Your Brain on Dopamine - Student Overview

How brain-based learning applies to the classroom
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Sarah Henderson

on 27 August 2015

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Transcript of Your Brain on Dopamine - Student Overview

Dopamine Boosters...
Movement
Music
Stories
Humor
Choices
Friends
Optimism
Kindness
Gratitude

and the most powerful...
Stressed State:
Lower, Reactive Brain is in Control:
Making Correct Predictions
Achieving Challenges
Weak connections (short-term memory) exist temporarily while the brain manipulates it
Strong connections (long-term memory) develop through repetition, patterns and extensive connections
Causes of Stress in School...

Peer Relationships
Test-Taking Anxiety
Oral Presentation Anxiety
Physical, Clothing, Language Differences
No Personal Relevance
Frustration Due to Previous Failure
Sustained or Frequent Boredom
Reactive brain creates its
own novelty when bored
Reticular Activation System
(RAS)
The Brain's Gateway
What is my Brain Doing at School?
Your Brain
on Dopamine

Sensory input comes through
the brain stem
Sensory Input
Novelty
Curiosity
Threat
Everything Else
Prefrontal Cortex
Dopamine is needed to strengthen neuron connections which is essential for:
Curve of Forgetting
Review, Review, Review
MEMORY
Executive Functions
SLEEP!
Dendrite growth is stimulated when the brain is at rest during the longest periods of uninterrupted deep sleep.
When sleep increases from six to eight hours, memory and alertness increase up to 25 percent.
Wolfson Study
Cs, Ds, and Fs
25 fewer minutes of sleep
Went to bed 40 minutes later
Fight (Disruptive)
Flight (Withdrawal)
Freeze (Zone Out)
Dopamine!
Amygdala
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