Guest Episode
June 5, 2023

Dr. Immordino-Yang: How Emotions & Social Factors Impact Learning

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In this episode, my guest is Mary Helen Immordino-Yang, EdD, professor of education and psychology at the University of Southern California and director of the Center for Affective Neuroscience, Development, Learning and Education, who has done groundbreaking research on emotions, self-awareness and social interactions and how these impact the way we learn and change across our lifespan. She explains how an understanding of emotions can be leveraged to improve learning in children and in adults, and how the education system should be altered to include new forms of exploration and to facilitate better learning and to include more diverse learning (and teaching) styles. This episode ought to be of interest to anyone interested in how we learn, human development in children and adults, as well as those generally interested in education, psychology or neuroscience.

Dr. Mary Helen Immordino-Yang


  • 00:00:00 Dr. Mary Helen Immordino-Yang
  • 00:02:11 Sponsors: Eight Sleep, HVMN, ROKA
  • 00:05:54 Inspiration, Awe & Story
  • 00:09:59 Brain-Body, Narratives
  • 00:15:58 Emotions, Durability & Lifespan
  • 00:21:47 Conjuring Stories, Historical Context & Emotion
  • 00:32:16 Sponsor: AG1
  • 00:33:30 Hierarchal Emotion Organization, Default Mode Network, Story & Emotion
  • 00:46:24 Emotional Development & Lifetime
  • 00:57:13 Narrative & Genocide; Checking Assumptions & Mental Flexibility
  • 01:05:22 Social Media, Cognitive Dissonance
  • 01:09:52 Education, Deconstructing Beliefs & Curiosity
  • 01:17:22 Sponsor: InsideTracker
  • 01:18:32 Emotion & Learning; Constructing Meaning
  • 01:28:59 Good Teachers & Curiosity
  • 01:33:25 Inter-disciplinary Education; Development & Culture
  • 01:50:58 Idea Exploration, Tolerance
  • 01:56:53 Reframing Education, Deconstructing Assumptions
  • 02:03:28 Safety, Creativity & Default Mode Network
  • 02:12:15 Civic Discourse & Education; Deconstructing Ideas
  • 02:27:31 “Mirror” Neurons, Shared Social Experiences
  • 02:35:49 Cold Exposure & Sickness; Role of Education
  • 02:38:51 Zero-Cost Support, YouTube Feedback, Spotify & Apple Reviews, Sponsors, Momentous, Social Media, Neural Network Newsletter

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