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A positive attitude can help boost a student’s math memory: New research and implications

Posted by Erin Digitale Having a positive attitude about math is connected to better function of the hippocampus, an important memory center in the brain, during performance of arithmetic problems, a new study of elementary school students suggests. Educators have long observed higher math scores in children who show more interest in math and perceive […]

Mentors can help their mentees get the most out of the movies they watch

Posted by Katie Bohn, futurity.org Children can benefit from both the positive and negative themes of a movie by watching and discussing the film with a parent or other adult, research shows. Researchers analyzed popular children’s movies and ranked their most common positive and negative themes. While the most common positive theme was the importance […]

New research identifies links between mentee strain and mentors’ response strategies

Wesely, J., Dzoba, N., Miller, H. & Rasche, C. (2016). Mentoring at-risk youth: An examination of strain and mentor response strategies. American Journal of Criminal Justice. DOI:10.1007/s12103-016-9353-7 Summarized by Justin Preston   Introduction Mentoring, in its various forms, has long been touted as a way of offering support and guidance to at-risk youth. While the […]

How to mentor a narcissist: Six strategies for working with difficult mentees

Editor’s note: Surprisingly few studies have looked at how personality characteristics and disorders affect mentoring relationships. This is unfortunate, given how influential a young person’s personality can be in shaping interactions and outcomes (Turban & Lee, 2007).   In fact, a recently highlighted study, showed that relationships involving mentees with higher narcissism were shorter in duration than […]

Four tips for having healthy conversations with mentees about race

by Erlanger A. Turner, Ph.D. On August 11, events in Charlottesville, Virginia hit their community and the nation sparking a resurgence of issues with race relations in the United States. White nationalists marched on the campus of the University of Virginia in protest of the removal of a Confederate statue of Robert E. Lee (see article from CNN).  It […]

Six factors that promote intellectual engagement and foster your mentee’s potential

Written by Justin Preston In a recent article published in Human Development, researchers outlined a series of six factors of intellectual engagement that they argue, when present across all stages of life, can help to maintain and even spur cognitive growth. Cognitive growth, or the continuing development of cognitive faculties such as creativity and skill […]

Tips from the American Psychological Association on talking about mental health

Editor’s Note: As May is National Mental Health Month, we are focusing on tips and tools mentors and programs can integrate into their mentoring relationships to provide support to the mentors as well as the mentees, themselves. This article was originally posted by the American Psychological Association, with links to sources from the American Psychiatric […]

Three ways to build a “Sound Relationship House” in mentoring

by Jean Rhodes In his Sound Relationship House Theory, psychologist and marriage guru John Gottman defines the attitudes and skills that lead to strong friendships in marriage, delineating them as the “floors” or principles of good marriage. Many apply well to a range of friendships, including mentorships. In the following sections, three core principles of his theory […]

What a wildly improbable movie can teach us about mentoring

by Jean Rhodes In the comedy, Role Models, two self-absorbed salesmen, Danny and Wheeler, are arrested following a road rage incident and elect to perform community service hours over going to jail. They are assigned to work at a mentoring program where Danny is paired with a nerdy role-playing game enthusiast while Wheeler finds himself […]

Six helpful strategies for mentoring immigrant youth

by Jean Rhodes When he was 15 years old, Javier immigrated to the United States with his mom and little brother. Their plane touched down on a snowy night in Hartford, Connecticut where Javier’s father Osmin anxiously awaited. Osmin had been part of a labor movement organization in El Salvador and was forced by threat of […]