“Positive emotional states have been associated with more ‘cognitive flexibility’ and thus may be more beneficial when complex diagnostic reasoning is needed (McConnell & Eva 2012, p. 1318). Due to their more global focus, learners in positive moods may better see the global principles underlying a problem and therefore more easily transfer information learned to a new setting (Brand et al. 2007). Teachers can harness the power of emotions by having learners reflect on the emotional context of their work with patients, teaching them to recognize how cases make them feel as well as think. Narrative medicine can be particularly useful, as telling our stories and those of our patients bring emotional content to the forefront, enhancing our attention and affiliation with the work (Charon 2007).”

More on the Twelve Tips for Applying the Science of Learning to Health Professions Education (2016) by H. C. Gooding, K. Mann, & E. Armstrong

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