a three-part series about the intersection of education and the arts.
Part I: Creative Classes: An Artful Approach To Improving Performance
April 16, 2013 http://www.npr.org/2013/04/16/176671432/creative-classes-an-artful-approach-to-improving-performance
if test scores do improve at these schools, should the credit go to the arts? Child psychologist Ellen Winner says no.
“We could not find any studies that convinced us that there was a causal link between teaching the arts and performance on test scores,” Winner says.
“And we thought that this made a lot of sense because the kinds of thinking skills and habits of mind that students learn when they study the arts are a far cry from what’s tested on multiple-choice, standardized tests.”
James Catterall, a psychologist and director of the Centers for Research on Creativity in Los Angeles, says the simple answer is that if society, business and education demands creativity, then we need to know when it’s happening
Mindfulness meditation, one type of meditation technique, has been shown to enhance emotional awareness and psychological flexibility as well as induce well-being and emotional balance.
Scientists have also begun to examine how meditation may influence brain functions.
This talk will examine the effect of mindfulness meditation practice on the brain systems in which psychological functions such as attention, emotional reactivity, emotion regulation, and self-view are instantiated.
We will also discuss how different forms of meditation practices are being studied using neuroscientific technologies and are being integrated into clinical practice to address symptoms of anxiety, depression, and stress.
Philippe Goldin (Speaker) is a research scientist and heads the Clinically Applied Affective Neuroscience group in the Department of Psychology at Stanford University.