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When presented with new material, standards, and complicated topics, we need to be focused and calm as we approach our assignments. We can use brain breaks and focused-attention practices to positively impact our emotional states and learning. They refocus our neural circuitry with either stimulating or quieting practices that generate increased activity in the prefrontal cortex, where problem solving and emotional regulation occur.
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Desautels, Lori, "Energy and Calm: Brain Breaks and Focused-Attention Practices" (2015). Scholarship and Professional Work – Education. 107.