Neuroscience and Social Interaction

Johnson, S. (2006). The neuroscience of the mentor-learner relationship. In S. Johnson & K. Taylor (Eds.), The neuroscience of adult learning, pp. 63-70.

Promoting Development Through Trust

A Neuroscientific Understanding of Trust and Learning

·      "When a mentor is supportive, caring, and encouraging, and offers enthusiasm balanced with an optimal learning environment, learners are assisted in moving their thinking activity into the higher brain regions (the frontal cortex), where reflective activity and abstract thinking take place (p. 64)."


Social Interaction and Affective Attunement

·      Conversation between mentor and learner is an effective instructional strategy.


Creating Spaces of Support


Supporting the Development of Creators of Knowledge