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Emotions and the Child

Please help me with the following:

You are accompanying a primary-grade student to Disneyland. During the visit, the child will be given opportunities to control danger, feel exhilaration, be terrified or anxious, and experience a sense of accomplishment. How and why does this affect the brain?

*Yet another paper topic. Thanks for any insight you can provide.*

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Emotions and the Child's Brain
The trunk lines for the circuits controlling emotion are laid down before birth. What is important is that the parent or caregiver plays back the child's inner feelings. If a child squeals with delight over a puppy and his excitement is met with a smile and a hug it re-enforces the child's feelings of the event equating it with happiness and excitement. If an emotion is reciprocated, the electrical and chemical signals that produced it are reinforced. But if emotions are met with a contradictory response, say for instance if a child builds a building out of Oreo cookies and it is met with an annoyed response from the parent, the circuits become confused and fail to strengthen. The key is that it is met repeatedly; however, an occasional harrumph will not scar the child for life. ...

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The trunk lines for the circuits controlling emotion are laid down before birth. What is important is that the parent or caregiver plays back the child's inner feelings. If a child squeals

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