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Understanding Your Little Learner. Donna Minor EDU 417: Cognitive Studies Capstone Instructor: Angela Coleman December 9, 2013. What we will discuss. How the following affect learning: Neurotransmitters Movement Sleep Nutrition technology. Neurotransmitters. Dopamine. Serotonin.

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understanding your little learner

Understanding Your Little Learner

Donna Minor

EDU 417: Cognitive Studies Capstone

Instructor: Angela Coleman

December 9, 2013

what we will discuss
What we will discuss

How the following affect learning:

Neurotransmitters

Movement

Sleep

Nutrition

technology

neurotransmitters
Neurotransmitters

Dopamine

Serotonin

Acetylcholine

what can parents do
What Can Parents Do?
  • Feed your children a healthy diet
  • Make sure your child gets plenty of sleep
  • Make time for physical activity
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Resources

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Biala, D. (2011). Food sources of acetylcholine. Livestrong.com Retrieved from: http://www.livestrong.com/article/392875-food-sources-of-acetylcholine/

Fischer, K. W., Immordino-Yang, M. H., & , (2008). The Jossey-Bass reader on the brain and learning. (1st ed.). San Fransisco, CA: Jossey-Bass.

Godzicki, L., Godzicki, N., Krofel, M., & Michaels, R. (2013). Increasing motivation and engagement in elementary and middle school students through technology-supported learning environments. Retrieved from: http://eric.ed.gov/?ed=ED54115

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