Visiting researcher to explain how dance, music and sports are crucial to children’s success in school and life

Creativity, self-control and flexibility are core skills critical for children’s success in school and life. A renowned researcher visiting North Dakota State University will present evidence showing activities such as dance, music and sports are important in achieving those skills, as well as fostering children’s happiness, sense of belonging and physical development.

Adele Diamond, Canada research chair and professor of developmental cognitive neuroscience at the University of British Columbia’s Department of Psychiatry, will lead a presentation titled “Insights from Neuroscience and Developmental Science to Help Every Child Succeed” scheduled for Friday, March 22, from 3:30 p.m. to 5 p.m. in the Memorial Union Century Theater.

The NDSU Department of Human Development and Family Science is hosting the event, which is free and open to the public. The presentation is scheduled for one hour followed by a 30-minute question-and-answer session. It is part of the annual Gertrude Weigum Hinsz Lecture Series.

“Dr. Diamond is a prominent researcher in the field of developmental cognitive neuroscience whose research on the brain is changing modern ideas about children’s education,” said Heather Fuller-Iglesias, assistant professor of human development and family education. “She provides evidence that focusing on children’s physical, social and emotional development is integral for academic achievement. In essence, she suggests that what nourishes the human spirit also hones our minds.”

The presentation is approved for Growing Futures North Dakota professional development. Continuing education credits also are available. A reception with treats and beverages will follow the presentation in the Memorial Union Art Gallery.

For more information on Diamond’s presentation, visit www.ndsu.edu/hdfs.

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