Exploring the Cognitive Mechanism of Lifelong Learning and the Influence of Emotion


Lifelong learning is essential in today’s society of information explosion and technological transformation. Understanding how lifelong learning manifests cognitively can promote student success and enhance machine learning. This project will explore the relationships among three basic cognitive factors underlying lifelong learning: persistence, autonomy, and motivation. We will also examine the influence of emotion on lifelong learning. Studies to date have captured neither the multidimensionality of persistence nor the interactions among persistence, motivation and autonomy. They have also ignored the impact of emotion on lifelong learning, although emotion could alter the cognitive process of such learning. To address these knowledge gaps, this study will include an experiment and track participants’ emotions using the Intelligent Micro-Facial Expression Recognition System. Five hundred college students will participate in the experiment. Ultimately, this study will disentangle the intricate cognitive mechanism of lifelong learning to facilitate students’ lifelong learning ability by considering the influence of emotion. Through experimenting with 102 college students, the research results showed that (a) being given a choice and (b) the emotion of joy each contributed to learning persistence.

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Yurou Wang, University of Alabama, United States
Jihong Zhang, University of Iowa, United States
Halim Lee, University of Alabama, United States

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Conference: IICEHawaii2021
Stream: Mind

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Posted by James Alexander Gordon