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College of Education

2013 Ellbogen Symposium for Teaching and Learning


The UW College of Education and the Ellbogen Symposium Organizing Committee are pleased to announce our 2013 keynote address, featuring Dr. Mary Helen Immordino-Yang.


Embodied brains, social minds:

How emotions shape learning, motivation and self




Wednesday, Oct. 2

4 p.m.

Education Auditorium

Free and open to the public - no registration required


From moments after birth, people develop within social relationships—we come to the world biologically ready to engage with other people, and the emotions we feel in social contexts shape how we feel about ourselves and how we experience our own lives. In this talk, Mary Helen Immordino-Yang will discuss the neurobiology of social emotions like compassion, admiration and gratitude, including their deep visceral roots in the feeling and regulation of the body and consciousness, and their propensity to heighten one’s own subjective sense of self awareness. By examining neuroimaging data from young adults alongside creative and scientific works by children, she will argue that children’s early thinking is grounded in the feeling of emotions that foster social connectedness and self awareness, and is driven by an inherent desire to make culturally appropriate meaning of one’s experiences in the world. 

For more information on the keynote or the symposium in general, please contact Dr. Terry Burant,


More on Dr. Immordino-Yang and her work:

USC faculty profile

Mary Helen Immordino-Yang on the Role of Emotions (video)

TEDxManhattanBeach - Mary Helen Immordino-Yang - Embodied Brains, Social Minds (video)

Neuroscience & the Classroom: Making Connections (online course created with support from the Annenberg Foundation)


The Ellbogen Symposium Organizing Committee:

Terry Burant, chairperson

Debra Beck

Mark BIttner

Peggy Cooney

Tricia Johnson

Debbie Martinez

Ed Paradis

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