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Can Happiness Make Students Smarter?


Discover the benefits of encouraging positive emotions in students through mindfulness and humor while building strong cognitive flexibility. When a student is in an upbeat mood, he or she is more likely to process information globally for “big picture” thinking. Conversely, a negative mood can mire students in detail or lead to tunnel vision. Positive emotions facilitate cognitive flexibility and openness to information—helping students draw similarities between tasks and enhancing their transfer of knowledge.

Learning Objectives:

  • Discuss the role that emotion plays in student learning.
  • Describe how to improve the “classroom” emotional state through instructor and student mindfulness and humor.
  • Identify classroom activities that evoke positive emotions.
CE Information

The American Dental Education Association is an ADA CERP Recognized Provider.

An evaluation form is available to participants after the conclusion of the live webinar. To earn continuing education (CE) credit for participation in the webinar, the online evaluation must be completed in full by August 16, 2021. After completing the evaluation, webinar participants can print and save the CE Verification Form.

ADA CERP is a service of the American Dental Association to assist dental professionals in identifying quality providers of continuing dental education. ADA CERP does not approve or endorse individual courses or instructors, nor does it imply acceptance of credit hours by boards of dentistry.

The American Dental Education Association designates this activity for 1.0 continuing education credit.

All speakers agree that neither they nor members of their immediate family have any financial relationships with commercial entities that may be relevant to their presentation.


  • Denise Mills, D.D.S., M.H.A.

    Dr. Mills is a Clinical Professor at the Midwestern University College of Dental Medicine-Arizona (CDMA) and has practiced general dentistry for 25 years. In 1985, she earned a D.D.S. from the University of California, Los Angeles School of Dentistry (UCLA SOD), preceded by earning a B.S. in Dental Hygiene from the Arizona School of Dentistry & Oral Health (ASCOH). In 2014, she received her M.A. in Health Administration with an emphasis in Education. Dr. Mills is currently pursuing a Ph.D. in Education.

  • Eugenia Roberts, D.D.S.

    Dr. Roberts is a Clinical Professor at the Midwestern University College of Dental Medicine-Arizona (CDMA) where her focus centers on oral pathology and learning strategies, including mind mapping. She practiced as a general dentist in Cincinnati for 37 years and taught part-time at the University of Cincinnati School of Dental Hygiene.

August 16, 2018
Thu 12:00 PM EDT

Duration 1H 0M

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