Introduction to the Theory and Methods of Educational Neuroscience

Posted by Institutional Development Scheme for HKSYU

Event Type: Research Workshop

Event Theme: Brain-based Teaching and Learning

Speaker: Dr Dénes Szűcs (Deputy Director, Centre for Neuroscience in Education, University of Cambridge)

Date: 15 May 2015 (Friday)

Time: 10:00am - 12:00pm

Venue: 7/F, Library Complex, HKSYU

Language: English


1) Free Admission
2) We recommend registration in advance for seat-reservation and news update.


Non-invasive brain imaging methods are increasingly used in psychological and developmental research often with the intention of informing educational practice. This venture is called Educational Neuroscience. It is important to realize that a non-trivial connection has to be built between basic brain data and potential educational applications. Most importantly, a critical knowledge of methodology is absolutely necessary so that the goodness of studies could be judged and the studies’ added value (relative to purely behavioural research) could be evaluated. First, we review critical strengths and weaknesses of mainstream brain imaging methods.  Second, some concrete examples will illustrate how neuroscience methods can provide otherwise difficult to access knowledge about cognitive development in primary school children. In addition, some typical interpretation problems will be pointed out.

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