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Attentional Focus meets Positive Group

Our most recent Teaching & Learning meeting looked at Attentional Focus and mood, and emotional regulation.

Here is what we discussed in the meeting.

  • Brief outline = Discussion around the importance of Attentional Focus, mood, and emotional regulation, linked to the work we have been doing with Positive Group (https://www.positivegroup.org/​) at Putney High. Questions were raised about how mood influences attention and how can we use mood-priming to improve our students’ attentional focus?

  1. Make use of Kawaii! Studies into 'cuteness' suggest that people have better attentional focus after viewing cute images: http://journals.plos.org/plosone/article?id=10.1371/journal.pone.0046362

  2. Update your display... using images and biographies of successful people, as discussed by Cordelia Fine in her book, 'Delusions of Gender': https://www.amazon.co.uk/Delusions-Gender-Science-Behind-Differences/dp/1848312202

  3. Add some music to the mix: http://www.songsforteaching.com/brewer/music-positive-mood-management.htm

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