Welcome to the Centre for Neuroscience in Education
The Centre was established in 2005, and was the first of its kind in the UK. We are based in the School of Biological Sciences (Department of Psychology) on the Downing Site but we also have strong links with the Faculty of Education and with the Cognition and Brain Sciences Unit (Prof. Sue Gathercole). The Centre's aims are to apply the substantial advances in understanding the brain to education.
The main research goal of the Centre is to establish the basic parameters of brain development in the cognitive skills critical for education. For example, we aim to understand how the brain functions and changes during the development of reading and maths, exploring the development of related skills such as language, memory, numerosity and attention.
Scientists in the Centre use a variety of non-invasive techniques, including event related potentials (ERPs) to measure changes in children's brain activity. ERPs are tiny variations in electricity measurable from the scalp when someone is thinking or processing information. The researchers also study the variations from typical developmental trajectories that characterise learning disorders such as dyslexia and dyscalculia.
A documentary programme aired on BBC 4 television featured the work of Professor Usha Goswami and the Centre for Neuroscience in Education, see "Growing Children - Dyslexia"