Positive discipline: the triune brain theory

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In our school, all the teaching staff and the management team are taking part in a training session on positive discipline and the speaker explained, among other things, the importance of teaching children about the three types of brain that, according to the triune brain theory, make up our brain, and said that these are the reptilian brain, responsible for impulses and the most instinctive and primitive, the mammalian brain, responsible for emotions, and the neocortex or more rational brain. He has provided us with a video explaining this, so that the children can watch it, with the aim of recognising these parts of the brain, learning about brain function and thus improving their emotional regulation… and I would like to contrast this information, as I think it may be a neuromyth… I would love it if you could give me a hand, to know how to guide the rest of the school team in this regard and give the children an education on brain function related to emotions based on evidence… thank you very much for everything.

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Gontzal Uriarte


Hola Sandra: Poco sé de neurociencia. Visitando wikipedia y varios artículos que enlaza parece que la teoría del cerebro triuno es algo superado.


Sin embargo ciertas versiones de Disciplina Positiva tienen efectos positivos en el ambiente familiar y en la reducción de las conductas antisociales (1)

Por lo tanto, es posible que el/la impartidor/a del curso haya usado una teoría neurocientífica que ya no se usa para apoyar algún fundamento de la disciplina positiva. No por ello la Disciplina Positiva deja de tener validez.

Un saludo.


1) de Graaf I, Speetjens P, Smit F, de Wolff M, Tavecchio L. Effectiveness of the Triple P Positive Parenting Program on behavioral problems in children: a meta-analysis. Behav Modif. 2008 Sep;32(5):714-35. doi: 10.1177/0145445508317134.

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