The Science of Praise

One of the most effective ways of improving behaviour is through warmth and well-measured praise. This can be as simple as smiling or giving a thumbs-up sign to show approval.


Dr. Catherine Guéguen, (2018) « Heureux d’apprendre à l’école, comment les neurosciences affectives et sociales peuvent changer l’éducation, Les Arènes, Robert Laffont, 2018, ISBN235204720X

quote : « Féliciter l’enfant pour ses efforts, ses actes et non pour ses qualités ».

Eddie Brummelman, Sander Thomaes. (2017) “How Children Construct Views of Themselves: A Social-Developmental Perspective.” Child Development, 2017; DOI: 10.1111/cdev.12961

Elizabeth A. Gunderson, Sarah J. Gripshover, Carissa Romero, Carol S. Dweck, Susan Goldin-Meadow, Susan C. Levine. (2013) Parent Praise to 1- to 3-Year-Olds Predicts Children's Motivational Frameworks 5 Years Later.Child Development, 2013; DOI: 10.1111/cdev.12064

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Matsudaira I, Yokota S, Hashimoto T, Takeuchi H, Asano K, Asano M, et al. (2016) “Parental Praise Correlates with Posterior Insular Cortex Gray Matter Volume in Children and Adolescents. “ PLoS ONE 11(4): e0154220.

The British Psychological Society. "Spare the praise -- spoil the child." ScienceDaily. ScienceDaily, 6 May 2017.>., the evidence based online resource for parents set up by Gwen Dewar, Phd Anthropology, University of Michigan, the Australian parenting website supported by the Australian government, department of Social Services

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