Course Description

This course focuses on emotions as powerful motivators of learning because they activate brain mechanisms originally evolved to manage our basic survival.   Meaningful thinking and learning are inherently emotional because we care deeply about things we think about.  To motivate students for academic learning, produce deep understanding, and ensure the transfer of educational experiences into real-world skills and careers, educators must find ways to relate the emotional aspects of learning.  Poor executive functioning can result in behavioral and attentional problems in school.  Children without age-appropriate self-regulation are likely to move into adolescence and young adulthood less equipped to succeed academically, less socially competent, and less able to cope with frustration and stress.  This course provides ways to improve executive function that allow children to gain essential self-regulating skills and succeed.  It is a groundbreaking course in affective neuroscience.


A link to the Armchair Ed course assignments and exams will be included in the registration confirmation and receipt email that will be automatically sent to students immediately upon completion of the registration process. Any required textbooks must be purchased separately.

The link can also be accessed after enrollment by logging into the Student Portal and clicking the link listed under View Online Resources.

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Section Title
Book Study: Executive Function Affective Neuroscience: Emotions, Learning and the Brain
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Delivery Options
Distance Learning  
Course Fee(s)
Tuition credit (5 units) $425.00
Available for Credit
5 Quarter Credits
Reading List / Textbook

Must be Purchased Separately:

Executive Function and Child Development, Yeager, M., and Yeager, D. (2013).  Norton:  New York, New York,

Emotions, Learning, and the Brain:  Exploring the Educational Implications of affective Neuroscience

Section Notes

This course is offered in collaboration with ArmchairEd.

Course is self-paced. Completion time: up to one year from date of enrollment.

Refund Policy: Withdrawals submitted online through SPU within 7 days of enrollment will receive a 95% refund. Withdrawals received after that point will not receive a refund and no withdrawals will be accepted after the completion deadline for the course. Instructions on how to withdraw are located on our website under Students/Withdrawal and Refund Policies.


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