Date of Award


Document Type


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


The 21st-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 less in-person social interactions. Concurrently, the curricular emphasis on physical and mental wellness has been weak and has led to a rise of mental health issues amongst adolescent students.

There is ample research that indicates 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 more in-depth look at the impact that contemporary society and current educational practices have on the cognitive and psychological development of adolescent students. The following paragraphs 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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