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Centre for Educational Neuroscience

Promoting applications of cognitive neuroscience within educational research and build professional partnerships to translate findings into new practice.

Director: Professor Michael Thomas (Birkbeck)

Deputy Directors: Professor Andy Tolmie (UCL Institute of Education) and Dr Mairead MacSweeney (UCL Institute of Cognitive Neuroscience)

The Centre for Educational Neuroscience (CEN) was formed in 2008. It is a University-led research centre, combining the expertise of researchers in child development, neuroscience, and education at three world leading universities, Birkbeck, UCL Institute of Education, and University College London.

Objectives

Together our objective is to develop this emerging discipline, using our combined strength in neuroscience, child development, psychology, and education research and its applications to education practise to establish a dialogue between researchers and educationalists to further translations of research into practise to improve education and well-being across the lifespan.

Our staff

Director of Centre

Professor Michael Thomas, Birkbeck, University of London

Deputy Director

Professor Andy Tolmie

IOE Members

Professor Julie Dockrell
Professor Diana Laurillard
Professor Jackie Masterson
Dr Dagmara Dimitriou
Dr Emily Farran
Dr Chloë Marshall
Dr Sveta Mayer
Dr Erica McAteer
Dr Liz Pellicano
Dr Kaska Porayska-Pomsta

Find more about our researchers, publications, activities, groups and themes: UCL Research Portal, IRIS

Study with us

Our Centre has established an Educational Neuroscience MA/MSc, with an intake of psychology graduates and education professionals, which feeds into an ESRC-accredited doctoral training pathway.

Research

Educational neuroscience aims to coordinate evidence from behavioural and neuroimaging studies to obtain a more complete understanding of learning that can be used to specify the pedagogical approaches that will support it most effectively. CEN research in literacy, number development, science learning and socio-emotional development illustrates the potential of the field to explain both typical and atypical learning in a coherent fashion and to identify novel pedagogical strategies that fully address individual variation in capability.

Our management team provides strategic direction and coordinates individual research projects into a unified programme.

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Seminars

We offer weekly seminars promoting exchange between researchers in different areas and at different stages of their career, and help foster the development of connections to other research centres within the UK and internationally.