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Thursday, April 12, 2018
Positive Attitudes and Early Academic Success
According to a study from Stanford University, a positive attitude is thought to impact
academic achievement and learning in children, but little is known about its
underlying neurocognitive mechanisms. Results from this study showed that
positive attitude was associated with increased engagement of the hippocampal
learning-memory system among participants. Further analysis revealed that
increased hippocampal activity and more frequent use of efficient memory-based
strategies mediated the relation between positive attitude and higher math
achievement. This study is the first to expand upon the neurocognitive
mechanisms by which positive attitude influences learning and academic
Chen, L., Bae, S.
R., Battista, C., Qin, S., Chen, T., Evans, T. M., & Menon, V. (2018).
Positive attitude toward math supports early academic success: Behavioral
evidence and neurocognitive mechanisms. Psychological
Science,29(3), 390-402. http://dx.doi.org/10.1177/0956797617735528