Repetitive stress, the enemy of learning

“We are not all equal in the face of “stressors”, some are more resilient than others”summarizes the P
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PSYCHOLOGY – Yelling and punishment or encouragement and the right to make mistakes: the atmosphere in which your children learn plays a far from negligible role.

What is surprising about “stressor” factors is that whatever their origin – physical (pain, heat, cold, etc.) or psychological (hurtful words, etc.) – they all have the same effects on the brain when repeated. “They negatively impact performance on an exam, it has been proven by numerous studies”indicates the Pr Catherine Belzung, doctor in neurosciences, Inserm director of the imaging and brain laboratory in Tours and author of Neurobiology of emotions (UPPR ed.). An opinion shared by the Dr Catherine Gueguen, pediatrician and author ofHappy to learn at school and of Small and big questions for a happy childhood (Ed. Les Arènes): “Repetitive emotional abuse, linked to little phrases like ‘You suck’, ‘You’ll never make it’, ‘Are you doing it on purpose?’, causes the secretion of stress molecules (cortisol, adrenaline) in the child’s brain. However, excess cortisol attacks neurons in certain regions of the…

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