Learning more from the positive

Interesting article below.  Seems to indicate that as our brains develop, we learn more from positive experiences than from negative. According to the study cited in the article, “…positive information is processed in many parts of the brain, while negative information tends to be centered in the prefrontal cortex, Sharot says. That’s the part of the brain that matures last, into the 20s in many cases. It’s the area in charge of judgment and problem-solving.”  So, how do we impress on our kids the negative consequences of certain actions?  Do we need to take a “back door” route by, say, extolling the positives of doing something else rather than warning of the negative consequences of the activity we want to avoid?  What about the Hebrews described in the Old Testament, in the book of Deuteronomy, chapters 28 through 30?  God gave them a choice–a choice to choose life and blessings by obedience to the Almighty and a choice to choose cursing by disobeying Yahweh.  The choice was clear–blessings by obedience or cursing by disobedience.  Yet, the Israelites chose cursing–choosing it fairly quickly after Moses died–by disobeying God.  (Just read the books of Judges, Kings, and Chronicles to see the evidence.)  In the same way, children, teens, and young adults seem to discount the risks of dangerous or inappropriate behavior. Science says it’s because their brains aren’t fully developed.  But what about those young people who heed the warnings of their parents or other authority figures or experts?  Could it be that, though the prefrontal cortex is not fully developed, that some are more willing to access their God-given capacity to believe their parents or others in authority over them or other experts.  It’s a matter of trust, I believe, just as we should trust our loving God who made us.

‘Til next time…



About august589

I'm currently a radio announcer but I'm currently pursuing a Master's in Mental Health Counseling degree. In these blogs, I want to bring a Biblical perspective to mental health and psychological issues that I find as I peruse the internet.
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