Category Archives: Emotional Regulation

Gut Feelings Help to Regulate Fear

“Gut feeling” is more than just a figure of speech. A new study from ETH Zurich investigated how the vagus nerve—a large nerve that extends from the brain to the abdomen, connecting to organs along the way—conveys fear, or gut feelings, to the brain. The study demonstrated that signals from the gut to the brain…

Children with Theory of Mind Skills More Popular

What makes a child popular? According to a study from the University of Queensland, Australia, children with better theory of mind skills are more popular than their peers. Theory of mind describes the ability to identify what another person might want, think, or feel. Children who are better at understanding another person’s perspective are more…

Teens Can Step Back to Regulate Emotions

One method for regulating emotions that many people learn as they age is stepping back to evaluate stressful or emotional events. Research has shown this to be an effective strategy for adults to regulate their emotions, but what about teens? A new study from the University of Pennsylvania (UPenn) and the University of Michigan finds…

Social and Emotional Lessons Reduce Bullying

Students with disabilities who learn emotional regulation and communication skills are less likely to bully others, finds a study from the University of Illinois. Researchers conducted a three-year trial of a curriculum that teaches students about dealing with bullying, emotions, and empathy. The curriculum, called Second Step, lead to reductions in bullying perpetration among students…

Forging Empathy through Shared Experiences

What makes people feel empathy for each other? A study from McGill University finds that shared experiences can transform people from un-empathetic strangers to friends. Empathy is hampered by the stress of being around strangers. The new study finds that people who spend a short period of time together and then undergo a painful experience…

Defining the Symptoms of Conduct Disorder

What is the difference between normal childhood tantrums and behavior indicative of an ongoing problem in preschool children? A new study from Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis investigated the markers of conduct disorder, a disorder characterized by defiant and disruptive behavior. They identified several symptoms that set conduct disorder apart from typical…

Pets Improve Social Skills for Autistic Children

Having a pet in the family can benefit children with autism spectrum disorder (ASD) finds new research from the University of Missouri (MU). While previous research in pets and ASD has focused on how dogs can help children with ASD, the new study finds that any type of family pet can support children on the…

Go to Bed Early to Limit Negative Thoughts

For people who struggle with negative, recurring thoughts, sleep may be a solution. Researchers at Binghamton University in New York investigated the relationship between negative thoughts and sleep. Specifically, they evaluated whether the time a person goes to bed each night can impact negative thoughts during the day. The study revealed that going to sleep…

Mothers Use More Emotional Words with Daughters

The way parents talk to their children can affect emotional development. A new study from the University of Surrey analyzed the way mothers and fathers communicate with their young children. The study revealed that mothers are more likely to use emotion-related words with their daughters than with their sons. This gendered, if unintentional, approach can…

Walking Style Can Change Your Mood

Could the way you move affect how you feel? According to research from the Canadian Institute for Advanced Research, the way you walk can influence your mood. In a new study, a research team encouraged participants to walk in a depressed way or a happy way. People who had a more depressed walking style recalled…

What is iLs?

iLs is a complementary approach to brain fitness which can be integrated into a broad variety of educational, therapeutic and self-improvement programs. In the same way we can train our bodies to become stronger and healthier, iLs trains the brain to process sensory, cognitive and emotional information more effectively. With better synaptic connectivity, we perform better. It’s about as simple as that.

We start with music and movement, and then gradually integrate language and cognitive processes. The exercises appear simple but become increasingly difficult as we add new layers for simultaneous processing. The program involves no computers or screens of any type. Someone once referred to iLs as “a boot camp for the brain.” We’d like to think of it more as play, and we all know we work hardest when we play!

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