Gifted Support Group:
Social Emotional Imagination in Gifted Education

Speaker: Rebecca Gotlieb, Educational Psychology PhD Candidate

Thursday, January 31st • 6:00 p.m.
540 South Marengo Avenue, Pasadena, California 91101

Social-emotional imagination is key to helping propel gifted students to realize fully their potential and to identifying a broader range of gifted students. Rebecca Gotlieb will present converging evidence from across research in education, psychology, and neuroscience that suggests that strategic shifting between outward and inward focused attention underlies giftedness. She highlights the benefits of and strategies for cultivating gifted students’ reflectiveness, perspective-taking, curiosity, meaning making, and ability to imagine their futures.  


About the Speaker

Rebecca Gotlieb is an educational psychology PhD candidate, National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellow, and Provost’s Research and Teaching Fellow in the Rossier School of Education and the Brain and Creativity Institute at the University of Southern California. She studies social, emotional, and identity development in adolescents and their relation to students' learning across cultural and environmental contexts. Specifically, Rebecca uses neurophysiological and psychosocial tools to investigate the role of empathy, perspective-taking, meaning-making, and curiosity in learning. She has produced over 40 publications and presentations in international and national psychology and education journals and conferences. Rebecca is the founder and co-President of the International Mind, Brain and Education Society Trainee Board and a member of Phi Beta Kappa. Previously, Rebecca worked as an associate analyst at ABT Associates conducting research about STEM teacher professional development and teacher preparation programs with an emphasis on their impact in high needs schools. She received a Bachelor's degree with High Honors in Psychology and Brain Sciences from Dartmouth College, where she also received the Cameron-Glickenhaus Prize for her demonstrated commitment to an interdisciplinary research-based approach to improving learning and education. Rebecca is also a monthly contributor to Learning and the Brain, an educational neuroscience blog geared towards education practitioners. . 

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