FA065 – Anatomy of Emotional Intelligence, Bias & Emotion Prediction

Day 2 of the Canadian Psychological Association Conference in Montreal, Canada.

Doctors Brian and Giuseppe discuss:

  1. Emotional Intelligence: Can it be taught to teens and school staff?
  2. Positive Bias: Kids with ADHD and learning problems underestimate their difficulties. What are the implications?
  3. Emotion Prediction: People have trouble predicting how they’ll feel after a walk in the park or an underground tunnel. What do eco-psychologists have to say about this?

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Emotional intelligence and minority students

A study published in the current issue of School Psychology Quarterly looked at predictors of academic success for minority, low-income, urban elementary school students. Despite their hardships, students in this group are often able to achieve positive school results. Social-emotional competence was a significant factor in predicting success; this includes the ability to understand and manage emotion and behaviour (a.k.a., emotional intelligence), along with problem-solving and goal-setting in a variety of situations and environments. The researchers measured cooperation, assertiveness and self-control to assess social-emotional competence. Perceived teacher support was another important predictor of academic success and school attendance – especially in the most disadvantaged schools and communities.

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FA028 – Anatomy of Extracurriculars

Doctors Brian and Giuseppe talk about the benefits of after-school activities, and look into over-scheduling kids. Say it with Dr. G: “CO-curricular!”

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