nature AND nurture: how our attitudes to learning can affect learning

Stressed-out parents may also tend to focus their child’s attention on
negative events, the researchers add, which leads to a phenomenon
called “attention bias” toward threat, making them more likely to see
threats in their environment and to focus more intensely on these
threats. from Genes plus parenting may promote shyness, anxiety on CNN, March 19, 2007

What implications does this have for learning?

I like to think that the reverse is also true. That if a child’s adults focus their attention on positive events, then a child will be more likely to focus intensely on a positive future.

I wrote ‘child’s adults’ because I don’t think that this is only a result of parents – teachers play a huge role in focusing the attention of children.

My next post shows an example of the teacher’s influence and negative events.

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