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The Parent Scoop - bringing research and knowledge to parents, from parents.

Hosted by Ameena Ghaffar-Kucher, Ed.D., education professor and mom of two. 

The Parent Scoop is produced by Marko Kucher (Ameena's husband and partner). The podcast's theme music - Jazz Baba - features their teenage son, Josef Kucher, on guitar. The artwork for the podcast was created by their daughter, Laila Kucher, in collaboration with her dad.

Apr 28, 2021

What drives motivation and what role does motivation play in children's development and growth? How does adversity and stress impact the brain? And what role does joy play? 

Our parent guest today is Allyson Mackey PhD, a mom of two and a neuroscientist who is an assistant professor of psychology at the University of Pennsylvania where she heads the Changing Brian Lab. In this week's episode, we explore the changing brain, focusing  on the the importance of motivation, modeling effort, experiencing joy, and getting enough sleep.

*Episode Notes*

  • Understanding brain plasticity
  • Motivation and persistence
  • Modeling effort; tackling failure
  • The importance of joy
  • On resilience and adversity
  • Why sleep matters
  • Teaching an old dog new tricks

Follow Allyson's Changing Brain Lab on twitter: @ChangingBrain