How to Optimize your Child’s Neurotransmitters Doing Math Homework

Sep 4, 2017 | Gilbert

How to Optimize Neurotransmitters Levels so your Child Learns from their Math Homework

Brain Chemistry Affects Your Child’s Ability to Learn Math (and Other Subjects)

Our brains send messages to other parts of our bodies using neurotransmitters. Research shows that neurotransmitters affect we learn and remember information. Cognitive scientists (psychologists who study how people learn) and neuroscientists (biologists who study how the brains and neurons work) found that neurotransmitter levels change from moment to moment, depending on our thoughts, feelings, and surroundings.

The Role of Dopamine, Serotonin, Norepinephrine, and Cortisol while Doing Math Homework

Dr. Martha Burns, a neuroscientist whose research helps teachers teach effectively, calls dopamine the “save” button. Serotonin helps keep emotions calm which, increases attention spans and reduces behavior problems. Norepinephrine increases awareness and our ability to direct our attention. Too much cortisol negatively impacts a person’s ability to concentrate and learn--think “fight or flight syndrome.” To maximize learning, students should fill their brain with dopamine, serotonin, and norepinephrine and avoid too much cortisol. This can all be done without taking a single supplement.

Parents Influence Neurotransmitters

The right emotional environment makes which neurotransmitters a child experiences while doing homework. Parents can increase their students’ levels of dopamine, serotonin, and norepinephrine and decrease cortisol through several strategies. Here are five great strategies to keep the best neurotransmitters flowing.

  1. Praise effort
  2. Keep peace socially
  3. Let children move, stretch, and exercise periodically
  4. Smile
  5. Give constructive feedback

Mathnasium of Gilbert Increases Neurotransmitters

Students at Mathnasium of Gilbert benefit from a calm, focused and emotionally safe learning environment. Where Does Your Child Do Math Homework? If a child doesn’t remember how to do a particular math skill, we have all the curriculum resources and qualified math instructors to help. Where is the Math Textbook? We also encourage a growth mindset.

Stop by today to meet our wonderful instructors. (Check out our specially trained Team!). Please call (480) 782-7987 to let us know you are coming.


For more information about supporting your child with homework please read:

  1. Where Does Your Child Do Math Homework?
  2. Where is the Math Textbook?
  3. Want to See Your Children Smile When Doing Math Homework?
  4. FAQs About Math Homework


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