Event Details

Thursday, March 4
to be held online
Start Time
5:30 pm

Strathcona Centre for Learning Futures presents Neuroscience of Emotions

Join us and hear Dr Mark Williams, Professor of Cognitive Neuroscience, Macquarie University speak about how emotional regulation is important for career success.
Centre for Learning Futures

You are warmly invited to the first Strathcona Learning Futures event for 2021 – Neuroscience of Emotions.

Our guest speaker, Dr Mark Williams, a Professor of Cognitive Neuroscience at Macquarie University will speak about how emotional regulation is important for career success. Mark has more than 20 years’ experience in research and teaching and 70+ publications. He has studied how we interact with each other, how we learn and how we think.

There is a lot of talk about 21st Century skills and what we need to teach students now so that they can thrive in the future. These skills usually include a group of “soft” skills like collaboration, cooperation, teamwork, communication, curiosity, creativity and leadership. One essential component of these and many other 21st Century skills is perception, recognition and regulation of emotions. We need to understand our emotions, and those of others, to communicate and work together, to be self-aware and strong enough to take chances and be creative, to lead others and collaborate effectively. Large parts of our brains are dedicated to social awareness and understanding so that we can flourish in these groups. A major component of the social brain is emotion perception and regulation. The school and the workplace are extensions of these groups and we need to understand how our brain perceives, responds to and regulates emotions. Mark has spent more than 20 years researching, teaching and publishing on emotions.

In the seminar Mark will explain the brain basis of emotion perception and regulation including:

• Why the social brain has such an impact on our survival

• Why emotion perception will be important for future employment

• The importance of the face, eye contact and gaze

• How we recognise facial expressions and the body/brain interaction

• Using eye gaze to direct attention

• How to use emotions to attract attention

• The importance of emotions in memory

• How to change the emotion of a room

• How to maintain a happy environment

The focus will be on how we can implement strategies to improve relationship, learning, memory, collaboration and connection.

This event will be held online and the online link will be emailed closer to the date. Please register for this event.