Yes, indeed, through a process called epigenetics. Chances are you’ve never heard of changes in gene expression, since most people were taught your genes are for life. Well, we do have our genes for life—but many of our genes change their expression based on our social interactions at home, at school or in the community. Many of the genes that change the most involve our brains.
Question: What is the difference between classroom management like Class Dojo and students’ self-regulation produced by PAX GBG?
Authentic self-regulation cannot be sustained or learned by coercion, threats, aversive consequences, or punishments. In environments perceived as aversive or coercive by children, problematic behavior dramatically increases the moment the controlling adults are absent or whens peers reinforce a peer for such problematic behaviors, which is often a strategy to weaken and subvert the presumptive adult “authority.”
Prevention science is a risky business. What? As a prevention scientist who wants the products of that science to be widely used, I have to take risks—by rigorously testing our ideas and seeking continuous improvement.
What? Our kids are catching mental illnesses? Yes, but not typically by germs. This will take a bit of flexible thinking to understand what people intuit and good science confirms.