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Now consider what research on the brain -- neuroscience -- says about how our brain responds when we experience threats or stress: 

 

“We protect ourselves from threat [by going] into a ‘fight, flight, or freeze’ mode….

These reactions… cut off the use of the executive function of our brain—the part of our brain that allows us to problem-solve, plan, use language, organize, and regulate our mood—functions that scientists call ‘our success skills.’ ” 

 

  • Thinking back on your earlier group discussion, how does neuroscience explain your gut reaction to a bullying incident?  

  • How does this response cut off other functions of your brain that might make you respond differently? 

  • When you feel safe and calm, can you think of other ways you could respond to threats or stress?