What the latest research shows
For years now, "intelligence" has been wrongly defined
as the ability to solve problems logically.
But more and more research indicates that "emotional
intelligence" is of much greater importance in learning.
In fact, Daniel Goleman, in his top-selling book called Emotional
Intelligence, says that "at best, IQ contributed about 20
percent to the factors that determine life success, which leaves 80
percent to other forces: forces grouped as emotional
Researchers Gordon Dryden and Dr. Jeannette Vos, in the world's
biggest-selling non-fiction book for 1999, The Learning
Revolution, expand on this total concept.
Vos, who achieved her doctorate in education after a seven-year
research program into the world's best learning methods, describes
emotion as "the key to unlock the door to learning".
The emotional center of the human brain is located in the limbic
system – sometimes called "the mammalian brain" because
it is similar to the major part of the brain in other mammals.
Mammals, of course, are animals that suckle their young, thus
leading to bonding and emotional involvement between mother and
Dryden and Vos say the emotional center of the brain is closely
linked with our long-term memory storage systems. That's why we all
remember easiest any information with a high emotional content. And
teacher Vos, in the chapter of the book on teaching, recommends many
methods to improve education and learning by emotional involvement,
including the use of music.
Chapter three of The Learning Revolution is entirely
devoted to Your amazing brain: the world's most powerful
computer. Aspects of emotional intelligence are touched on
throughout that chapter.
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