Biological Basis for Affective Teaching

Emotional meaning enhances LTM consolidation. Emotional arousal is accompanied by heightened levels of epinephrine (adrenaline) and cortisol. Small-to-moderate levels of adrenaline & cortisol activate amygdala & hippocampus and enhance learning (amount learned and retained).

Emotional barriers – unfriendliness in the classroom – the incoming data (lessons taught and discussed) will be ignored and is gone for good …!