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Dispatch from the Field: Highlights from Upper School and 5th Grade Trips

Our Upper School students, as well as our 5th graders, are traveling in places both near and far this week! From the warm waters of Bonaire to the cool shores of Monterey, the gold of Versailles to the steps of the oldest temple in Taipei, our students are truly engaging with cultures and practices very different than their own. A few students share their favorite moments from their latest adventures.

Fascinated by the Brain

I have been fascinated by the brain for as long as I can remember. I have wondered: how does the brain give rise to the mind? As a school rooted in the philosophy of social-emotional learning, it was no surprise that many Nueva students have also shared the same wonder.

Does Red Saliency Impact Perception of Anger in Cartoon Characters?

When watching cartoons—Tom and Jerry or Spongebob, for instance—one cinematic feature remains constant. Upon experiencing rage, a character’s face wells up with anger and turns beet red, without fail. This seems too outlandish to imagine being a real life phenomena, but is it truly fiction? I investigated questions like these in my Research in Psychology class, where we had the opportunity to run an experiment on the Nueva population. 

New Upper School Psychology Program a Hit with Students

Does digital technology change our thinking? Why do art and music affect people differently? Can we predict who a person will be attracted to? How does a person form an identity? Can trauma be inherited? What are the roots of prejudice? These are some of the questions explored by upper school students in psychology.