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Neuroscience & the Classroom: Making Connections

Measuring Emotional Response to Physics

A study using galvanic skin response reveals intriguing differences between experts and novices in their emotional response to physics problems.

Guilherme Brockington, a doctoral student at the University of São Paulo, explores emotional links to physics. He measures relative changes in skin conductivity when experts and novices view possible answers to multiple-choice tests. The dramatic differences that he discovers lead him to conclude that it must be possible to find teaching methods that will increase students’ emotional connection to science and, thereby, improve learning.

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Neuroscience & the Classroom: Making Connections


Produced by Science Media Group at the Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics in association with the Mind, Brain, and Education program at the Harvard GSE; and the Brain and Creativity Institute and Rossier SOE at the University of Southern California. 2012.
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  • ISBN: 1-57680-894-7