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Getting students to better use their brain power

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HOLLYWOOD, CA (AP) -

Actress Goldie Hawn is leading a new movement to get students to better use their brain power.

The thought is, if children better understand how their brains work, they can handle their emotions better.

It's the cornerstone of a program called "MindUP".

MindUP founder and creator, actress Goldie Hawn, collaborated with neurologists to create the curriculum.

Hawn believes that when children calm their minds and better understand how their brains work, they can better handle their emotions, "We felt that teaching them about their brain and you can really move it how you want to by thinking about things long enough, that they would feel more optimistic.  And then realizing that an ability to be optimistic opens the brain up and children can learn better."

MindUP weaves learning about the brain into the lessons.

Basalt Elementary in Colorado is one of thousands of schools that have adopted MindUP over the past 10 years.

The principal credits the program with rising test scores and empathy levels among students.

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