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Cambridge Science Festival
Saturday 18th March 2017
: Babies: Rhythm & Language
With evidence to show that brainwave rhythms alter to align with rhythms in speech, the CNE BabyLab team were on hand to explain how they measure ‘rhythmic processing’ in babies’ brains and conduct tours of the CNE's BabyLab EEG and motion capture areas.

Cambridge Science Festival
Saturday 12th March 2016
: 'I don't do maths': understanding school children's anxiety about maths. An open workshop event linked to the Nuffield Trust's project on Maths Anxiety for parents, teachers, practitioners, and other interested parties. Presented by Dr Ros McLellan (Faculty of Education), Amy Devine and Emma Carey (Department of Psychology).

Saturday 12th March 2016: Maths and memory: how, when, where and what? A hands-on event with puzzles, speed maths tricks and visual memory tasks. Members of the CNE's maths group explain how having a strong visual short-term memory can make people better at maths.

Edinburgh International Science Festival
Wednesday 15th April 2015: Usha Goswami on Child Psychology

Bridging Neuroscience and Learning Workshop, Washington DC
Friday, 23rd January 2015:
The White House Office of Science and Technology has convened a policy workshop on neuroscience and learning to which Usha Goswami has been invited. The aim of the meeting is to identify research gaps in neuroscience and education, to highlight innovations in research methodology and data analysis in the field, and to produce ideas for disseminating information about research findings in neuroscience and learning more widely.

BBC World Service
Sunday 16th November 2014:
The Why Factor - Poetry Professor of Cognitive Developmental Neuroscience, Usha Goswami talks to Jo Fidgen in a programme looking at why we read, or write, poetry and how we respond to this paticular form of writing versus prose. Usha describes how rhythms and stress patterns draw us to poetry, and how the brain in early infant development responds to these cues.

ITV
Thursday 30th October 2014: ITV Tonight - Trouble with Numbers. Jonathan Maitland looks at the problem of poor numeracy among the UK's population. Is it stopping people from achieving their full potential and even affecting our economy?  He discusses the impact of maths anxiety with Dr Denes Szucs and a young recruit tries out some of the Centre's specially designed maths tasks during an EEG session.

Festival of Ideas
Tuesday 28th October 2014
:Cambridge Stars - Big Ideas 2. Recently-elected Fellows of the British Academy, including Professor Usha Goswami, talk about their ground-breaking research at this public event.

BBC Radio Cambridgeshire
Wednesday 3rd June 2014
The Naked Scientist: Learning to Learn. A panel of experts discuss children's learning and memory development from babies through to teenagers. Susan Richards, from the CNE, talks specifically about language acquisition in children with speech and language difficulties (at 8:24 mins through the programme).

BBC Radio Cambridgeshire
Sunday 16th February 2014: The Naked Scientist: Brainy Babies. Dr Hannah Critchlow discusses learning and language acquisition in babies with Dr Usha Goswami (from 24:30 into the programme).

BBC4
Monday 27th August 2012: "Growing Children - Dyslexia". Laverne Antrobus looks into one of the most common problems for children, dyslexia, and uncovers some incredible developments in neuroscience that are showing how the dyslexic brain works.

BBC Radio 4
Thursday 2nd August 2012: "The Material World". Quentin Cooper discusses the use of phonics in teaching children to read with Professor Usha Goswami (Cambridge) and Professor Charles Hulme (UCL), and looks at the extent to which neuroscience can help inform education policy.

The Telegraph
Monday 9th July 2012: "Girls are more likely to suffer from 'mathematics anxiety'". An article by Education Editor, Graeme Paton, on the findings from researchers Dr Dénes Szűcs and Amy Devine at the Centre for Neuroscience in Education that girls are failing to pull ahead of boys in maths because of heightened fear and apprehension over number problems.

BBC Radio 4
Tuesday 29th May 2012: "Reading between the Lines: Beyond the Reading Wars". In the second of two programmes looking at how children learn to read, presenter and former Children's Laureate, Michael Morpurgo explores how the contemporary debate has been informed by teaching methods of the recent past. In the programme, Usha Goswami talks about her research on dyslexia and how it might help us understand what goes on in children's minds when they learn to read.

Queen Edith Primary School
Saturday 28th January 2012: "Science and Technology Saturday". The CNE's Maths Team demonstrate some of the computer games used in their research and explain about the use of EEG to measure brain waves.

BBC Radio 4
1st September 2011: "The Class Ceiling" presented by Poly Toynbee. In the first episode of the series, Ms Toynbee investigates British Society today and looks at how an individual's early experiences can affect their life's chances.  Looking at how a baby's brain is influenced by the surrounding environment, Usha Goswami discusses why exposing infants up to the age of 5 is important for the developing brain.

Cambridge Science Fesitval
19th March 2011: "Exploring the Mind" a day-long event of hands-on activities run by CNE researchers and students from the MRC dyscalculia and dyslexia projects. 
19th March 2011: "Dyslexia, Reading and Music" talk presented by Usha Goswami

University of Hertfordshire
2nd December 2010: School of Psychology Seminar Series. Usha Goswami's talk on "Rhythm, rhyme, reading and dyslexia"

BBC Radio 4
29th March 2010: Inside the Brain of a 5-year-old. Claudia Hammond investigates the latest research into the working of the five year old brain, and talks to researchers and scientists (amongst others) from the Centre for Neuroscience in Education about whether the latest developments in neuroscience might have an application in the classroom.

BBC Radio 4
4th March 2010: "In Our Time: The Infant Brain" with Melvyn Bragg;  Usha Goswami, Annette Karmiloff-Smith and Denis Mareschal discuss what new research reveals about the infant brain. Over the last ten to twenty years, new research has shed fresh light on important aspects of the infant brain which have long been shrouded in mystery or mired in dispute, from the way we start to learn to speak to the earliest understanding that other people have their own minds.

Taiwanese academics visit the CNE
19th August 2009: Academics from leading Taiwanese universities (led by Dr Nai-Shing Yen) were sponsored by the National Science Council of Taiwan to tour leading neuroscience in education centres around Europe. Their visit began in Cambridge at the Centre for Neuroscience in Education where presentations were given by Professor Goswami and other researchers from the CNE. The visitors gave reciprocal talks on reading research interventions in Taiwan and possible future collaborations were discussed.

Business Weekly
12th August 2009: Published an article on the recently awarded MRC grant to Dr Denes Szucs (Principal Investigator), Professor Usha Goswami and Dr Tim Rowland of the Faculty of Education, and Dr Rhodri Cusack at the MRC Cognition and Brain Sciences Unit, Cambridge. The research will investigate developmental dyscalculia using brain imaging techniques.

Oundle School
3rd June 2009: Dr Tim Fosker and Sonia White (PhD student) visited Oundle School, Peterborough to give talks on The Impact of Cognitive Neuroscience to Education, Role of Rhythm in Reading Development, and the Case of Number and Space: cognitive and classroom measures to members of staff and teachers from neighbouring schools.

Pædagogisk Psykologisk Rådgivning visit to CNE
28th April 2009: A group of psychologists and other specialist team members from the PPR Centre based in Frederiksberg, Denmark visited the CNE on 28th April for a tour of the EEG lab and to hear a series of presentations given by staff and students on topics ranging from rhythm and reading, phonics, the measurement of brain activity during problem-solving tasks in children, and number development skills in early school years.

BBC2 Horizon
17th March 2009: "Who do you want your children to be?" - David Baddiel investigates the latest scientific research in education. On a visit to the Centre for Neuroscience in Education, University of Cambridge, he meets its Director, Professor Usha Goswami to discuss her brain imaging research into reading acquisition and phonological awareness, and how such information can be used to help with a child's progress in reading.

Cambridge Science Festival
14th March 2009, "Neuroscience & Education: Looking at Learning Difficulties" - a public talk in which Usha Goswami explains how EEG can help us to understand the sensory processing differences that can give rise to learning difficulties like dyslexia. The CNE is open for the Science on Saturday event offering hands-on activities for children, posters, games, quizzes, demonstrations of experimental computer-based tasks and tours of the EEG lab.
11th March 2009, "Making the Most of Our Minds" - top scientists Barbara Sahakian, Usha Goswami, Felicity Huppert and Sandy Thomas in a discussion on improving mental capital and wellbeing. Chaired by Tim Radford of the Guardian.

BBC4
9th February 2009, "Why reading matters" - Science writer Rita Carter interviews Usha Goswami during her investigative programme about modern neuroscience and what this reveals about reading.

BBC Radio 4
22nd October 2008, Today Programme - interview with Usha Goswami about her contribution on learning difficulties to the Government's Foresight Programme on mental health and wellbeing.

BBC1
4th October 2008 - News item: 1pm and 6pm - current reading research in the EEG lab at the Centre for Neuroscience in Education.

Cheltenham Science Festival
8th June 2008, Usha Goswami explores what we know about the causes of dyslexia and how this knowledge can be used to make future diagnosis.

BBC Radio 4
11th March 2008, "Am I Normal - Dyslexia" - Vivienne Parry speaks to geneticists, neurologists and psychologists to discover how infant children showing possible signs of dyslexia are screened. In her interview with Usha Goswami she discusses the ways in which 'normal' and at risk young children might differ and how the research outcomes can be effectively used.

Channel 4
22nd October 2007, Dispatches, "Why our children can't read"

Newsweek
22nd October 2007, "The Case for Chutes and Ladders". Neuroscience shows kids build concepts of numbers one by one, through a mental number line. The article referred extensively to a paper by Dr Denes Szucs and Dr Usha Goswami in Mind, Brain and Education.

Research Day, St John's College, Cambridge
15th March 2007, MRC "Rhythm and Reading Project" - Members of the MRC Project Team gave presentations to an invited audience of headteachers, teachers and support staff, parents of participant children and the children themselves. Professor Usha Goswami provides a background to and overview of the project while Dr Mathilda (formerly Martina) Huss and Dr Tim Fosker explain how the different tasks are developed and what outcomes might be anticipated.

Gothenburg University, Sweden Visit
2005 - A team from Sweden visit the CEN and are hosted by Dr Louise Miller Guron. The team are interested in how to incorporate neuroscience into education in Sweden.