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The Role of Emotion in the Learning and Transfer of Clinical Skills and Knowledge

Authors: Meghan M. McConnell, PhD, and Kevin W. Eva, PhD
Acad Med 2012;87:1316-33

Medical school and residency are emotional experiences for trainees. The authors present a review of the literature on the influence of emotion on cognition, and on how students learn complex skills and knowledge and how they transfer what they have learned to new scenarios.

Drs. McConnell and Eva found that emotion influences various cognitive processes that are involved in learning of new skills (perception, interpretation and response to what is learnt).

They finally suggest that these findings could have important implications for medical educators, who need to consider that emotions could influence their teaching strategies and how they students learn and transfer their knowledge into practice.

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I have no financial interests on this recommendation. (GP)

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