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Wellness and the Neuroscience of Learning: Implications for Counselor Education
Michelle Flaum Hall and Scott E. Hall
The Scholarship of Teaching and Learning has emphasized the importance of applying neuroscience research to pedagogy, thus creating the concept BrainBased Learning. As our understanding of the brain increases, ideas about the best ways to enhance memory and learning certainly follow. This article summarizes key elements of the neuroscience of learning, including a short review of relevant neurochemicals and definitions of concepts vital to a foundational understanding of brain-based learning. In addition, the article applies brain-based learning concepts to the counselor education classroom and training of counselor educators, offering solutions to three common problems graduate students face: information overload, exhaustion, and lack of engagement.
Keywords: brain-based learning, counselor education, engagement, wellness