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Abstract: This session will discuss the neurobiology of emotional states and motivation, how they modulate our neurocognitive functions, and how they determine learning outcomes. The session will also discuss how the motivational system works in individuals with and without learning disabilities, with a special emphasis on Attention Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD). The impact of stress, anxiety, and depression on the various phases of the learning process will be explained. The last segment of the session will provide evidence-based recommendations for maximizing internal motivation, emotional engagement, and learning outcomes.

Session Objectives: (1) Explain the basic neurobiology of emotions and motivation. (2) Explain how emotions and motivation regulate behavior, memory and learning. (3) Discuss evidence-based strategies for maximizing emotional engagement and learning outcomes.

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Abdelal, A. (2015, May 30). How Mood and Motivation Regulate Learning: The Neurobiological Perspective. Paper presented at the Lilly International Conference: Evidence-Based Teaching and Learning, Bethesda, MD.