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Friday, June 13 • 10:30am - 11:30am
Social/Emotional Skills

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Discussant:  Kurt Squire

Compassion as a Learnable Skill

Richie Davidson
Compassion meditation produces changes in brain function that promote well-being, foster certain forms of positive affect and virtuous dispositions and impact physical health and illness.  Through research with both long-term practitioners and novices studied longitudinally, this talk will illustrate some of key findings and challenges in the nascent field of contemplative neuroscience and will also showcase a major research project on the impact of games developed to cultivate mindfulness and compassion on the brain and behavior. 

Social Emotional Learning: Scaling Impact
Jessica Berlinski
Social and Emotional Learning (SEL) is comprised of two key facets: skill building and creating safe, supportive climates where these skills can thrive.   Whether in school or at home, effective SEL teaching requires that teachers and parents role model their own management of emotions, empathy, attentive listening and respectful communication to create these safe climates.  Berlinski will share how can we leverage technology – particularly games – to build both key facets of SEL.  She will also discuss the broader socio-culture ecosystem and how we must engage all sectors and stakeholders to create the needed cultural shift to make 21st skills like perseverance, collaboration and empathy educational priorities. 

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Jessica Berlinski

Chief Learning Officer and Co-Founder, If You Can
Jessica Berlinski is Chief Learning Officer and Co-founder of If You Can, a San Francisco and London based company dedicated to building Social and Emotional Learning (SEL) skills in youth via a game platform.  She joins Electronic Arts founder Trip Hawkins in creating the first... Read More →
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Richard J Davidson

William James and Vilas Professor of Psychology and Psychiatry, Center for Investigating Healthy Minds at the Waisman Center, University of Wisconsin-Madison
Dr Davidson's research is broadly focused on the neural bases of emotion and emotional style and methods to promote human flourishing including meditation and related contemplative practices. His studies have included persons of all ages from birth though old age and have also included... Read More →

Friday June 13, 2014 10:30am - 11:30am CDT
Old Madison

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