Mood States and Emotion

The Affective system works at two levels – the active processing of our experience – the emotional charge, in the moment, and the background of emotional tone through which we experience things – the mood state. The Affective system puts a positive or negative charge on incoming information and outgoing responses. This charge motivates attention Continue Reading

Neurodiversity & Learning

When I came up with the word “ThinkPrint,” I was speaking to a group of teachers about how to understand the test results from a child’s neuropsychological or psychoeducational evaluation. I was showing them the graphs of scores of children with different learning and other issues. The different patterns of strength and weakness across the Continue Reading

Sensory & Motor Issues

Sensory issues, sometimes referred to as Sensory Integration or Sensory Processing Disorder, tend to occur along with other issues. Problems with the Sensory system most often involve either being too sensitive (hypersensitive) or not sensitive enough (hyposensitivity) to specific sensory experience, in any of the senses (see Brain Basics). Children who are hypersensitive may be Continue Reading

ThinkPrint & Positive Psychology

Is the glass half-empty or half-full?  It is a valuable question. We can focus on what is wrong or missing, in our lives or ourselves, or or on what is right, what is available us to enjoy. This difference in perspective may make all the difference in our chances for health and happiness. But we Continue Reading

How Attention Works (and Why it Often Doesn’t)

There are two sources of input to the brain – from the external environment (the world) and the internal environment (the body). The brain’s job is to integrate this information so that the needs of the body can be matched with the opportunities in the environment. The brain directs our attention to which particular event, Continue Reading