The amygdala is the almond-shaped part of the brain that stores emotions in the temporal lobe. Amygdalae is the plural form as they are present on both sides of the brain.
This part of the brain plays a crucial role in the way our emotions work. These important components are responsible for which memories are kept, and where they are stored .
The amygdala are also involved with emotional hijacks of the brain where our emotions take over and our logical thinking processes are stalled. At times like these we tend to make decisions we later regret. Think about the time you pressed send on an email you shouldn't have or beeped your horn in a traffic jam-these are times when your emotional brain has taken over. Oh yes, those times!
Memories are stored based on their emotional strength. So memories which hold large emotional feedback are more likely to remain in our conscious brain than memories with little impact.
Emotions are part of every person's daily life. The way the brain reacts to emotions can be positive or negative. By using Happiness Classroom we can learn how to react to achieve a positive outcome. For example, when the brain becomes hijacked, we may not act in a way we are happy with later!
However, if we can train ourselves to recognize the symptoms in our bodies (for example: tightening of the chest, racing heart, flushed face) before the hijacking occurs, we can prepare and take different actions.
Think back to when you were a child. What memories stand out? You will find your strongest memories are linked to a highly positive or negative emotion.
It is very important that children learn about their brain, how it functions and the different parts. If they know about this important organ they will learn to manage its functions and make the most of their emotions.
Teaching kids about the brain and how we learn should be part of every curriculum, in my opinion. Helping kids understand how this part of the body works, determining their learning style and developing insight into their minds and the processes that can help them is vital to their ongoing success. It is so important to share with kids and give them power over their emotions!
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