web materials: Power of Presence Lesson 3


Web Articles

Matthias J. Gruber, Bernard D. Gelman, and Charan Ranganath. States of Curiosity Modulate Hippocampus-Dependent Learning via the Dopaminergic Circuit Neuron 84, 486–496, October 22, 2014

Kang, M.J., Hsu, M., Krajbich, I.M., Loewenstein, G., McClure, S.M., Wang, J.T.-Y., and Camerer, C.F. (2009). The wick in the candle of learning: epistemic curiosity activates reward circuitry and enhances memory. Psychol. Sci. 20, 963–973.

Ruth Baer Ph.D. Friendly Curiosity: The Key to Mindful Awareness. Psychology Today. Jul 29, 2014

How curiosity changes the brain to enhance learning. Eureka Alert. 2-OCT-2014

Jeremy Schwartz, LCSW. Empathic Curiosity: How DBT Builds Better Relationships. Dialectical Behavior Therapy. June 17, 2015

Larry Laveman, LCSW, BCD. The Healing Capacity of Empathic Curiosity in Medicine. Mar 9th, 2015

Tartakovsky, M. (2014). The Power of Curiosity: 3 Strategies for Staying Curious. Psych Central. Retrieved on March 3, 2017

Terry Chadsey. The Redemptive Power of Questions. Courage & Renewal. June 2, 2016


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