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Educational neuroscience and its application to teaching practice

22 February 2022

What are some of the key psychological and neural processes underpinning learning in different areas of the school curriculum and how can teachers apply that information to their practice?

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Members of the Centre for Educational Neuroscience (CEN) outline their work and collaboration with educators to put their findings into action.

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Professor Andrew Tolmie

Andrew is a developmental psychologist and Chair of Psychology and Human Development. Much of his work has addressed educationally-relevant topics and settings, with an emphasis on primary school science, but also on the acquisition of road-crossing skills among children, and on the growth of conversational skills. He is Deputy Director of the IOE/UCL/Birkbeck Centre for Educational Neuroscience. View Professor Tolmie's research profile

Dr Rebecca Gordon

Associate Professor and chartered psychologist. Rebecca’s research examines executive function as it relates to academic outcomes such as reading and mathematics. She is also interested in the relationships between executive functions and dyslexia in children and adults. View Dr Rebecca Gordon's research profile.

Dr Spencer Hayes

Dr Spencer Hayes is Associate Professor in Developmental Psychology. Spencer’s research focuses on sensorimotor processes in autistic and non-autistic individuals. His current research examines the contribution of the sensorimotor system in imitation, motor control and learning, physical activity, and social interaction. View Dr Spencer Hayes's research profile.

Dr Jo Van Herwegen

Dr Jo Van Herwegen, is an associate professor in developmental psychology and education and director of the Child Development and Learning Difficulties lab. Her research focuses on improving educational outcomes, using evidence from developmental psychology, neuroscience, and neurodevelopmental disorders. Concentrating on language, social, and number development, she examines individual differences and what cognitive abilities and strategies relate to successful performance in order to aid the development of educational training programmes. View Dr Jo Van Herwegen's research profile.