neocortex preference: not threatened
While most children, writes Hart, can still manage the rote memorization that has become the mainstay of classrooms, the deeper levels of learning – pattern recognition, oral and written language development, and symbolic reasoning – depend on the full participation of the neocortex, which occurs only when a child feels secure. p. 28
95% of all learning occurs spontaneously, through play, fantasy, and experimentation, what I (Chris) – call wild learning. Only 5% of our knowledge – in our lifetime – is acquired through formal instruction, and of that 5%, we remember only 3-5% for any significant length of time. There is a model imperative – wild learning needs to be modeled by others – but it can be anywhere, by anyone, at anytime. p. 32
– Chris Mercogliano, In Defense of Childhood
spaces that people don’t feel threatened?
emotional stress particularly affects the chemistry of the prefrontal cortex the center for selective attention, motivation and self-regulation..
both endorphins an dopamine promote the development of new connections in the prefrontal cortex.. (ie: from perfectly attuned mother-child mutual gaze interaction)
the letters add may equally well stand for attunement deficit disorder