Graduate Student Dissertations, Theses, Capstones, and Portfolios

Date of Award


Document Type


Granting Institution

Lynn University

Degree Name

Doctor of Education (EDD)

Degree Program

Educational Leadership


College of Education

First Advisor

Kathleen Weigel

Second Advisor

Jennifer Lesh

Third Advisor

Linda Jordan


Twenty-first century culture has a significant impact on the cognitive-psychological development of modern-day students. Cultural factors that contribute to this include the excessive use of technology, increased focus on higher academic achievement, more parental involvement, a sedentary lifestyle, and fewer in-person social interactions. Concurrently, the curricular emphasis on physical and mental wellness has been weak leading to a rise of mental health issues amongst adolescent students.

Ample research indicates that the social and emotional bodies of the brain are developing and functioning differently because of cultural factors and societal trends. It is crucial for educators to take a deeper look at the impacts of contemporary society and current educational practices on the cognitive and psychological development of adolescent students. The following narratives explore findings from neuroscience, education, and mindfulness, utilizing research to develop a neuroeducation-based approach to positive cognitive-psychological development for students.



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