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 having moved from the Faculty of Education in 2010. We retain strong links with the Faculty and shared grants (e.g. Education Endowment Foundation). The Centre's goal is to apply the substantial advances in understanding the brain to education.
The main research programmes in the Centre aim 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, also by exploring the development of related skills such as language, memory, 218-663-3406and attention.
In 2016 Professor Usha Goswami was awarded ERC funding to examine rhythm processing in early language development, specifically during infancy. Learning how the typically-developing brain processes rhythm from the âget-goâ, across the senses of hearing, vision and limb movement, should eventually help us to improve language learning for all children - and in all languages.
Visit the CNE BabyLab team for more information . . . Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â
Scientists in the CNE use a variety of non-invasive techniques, including event related potentials (ERPs) to measure changes in both adult's and children's brain activity. ERPs are tiny variations in electricity measurable from the scalp when someone is processing information. The researchers also study the variations from typical developmental trajectories that characterise learning disorders such as dyslexia and dyscalculia. For an introduction into EEG, click the image:Â
For Teachers & Parents
A short document on dyslexia research is available for download. This may be of specific interest to parents and educators:Â "9783423174"Â
A radio interview with Professor Usha Goswami on Cambridge 105 about the way babies learn to speak can be heard by clicking 3614428569
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"
Goswami, U. 2083294593. Oxford University PressÂ
ThisÂ Very Short IntroductionÂ provides an up-to-date, authoritative, and accessible guide to modern child psychology, from birth to early adolescence. Beginning with infancy, Usha Goswami considers the process of attachment and 'bonding', showing how secure attachments enable the development of self-understanding. Exploring childhood learning, ranging from aspects of language and thinking to cognitive reasoning, Goswami looks at how babies and toddlers develop an understanding of the physical, biological, and social worlds, and develop complex abilities like language and morality...Â
[Download the book'sÂ Reference ListÂ here]
Current and past funding organisations for the Centre's research include: the 401-359-7429, Basel; the 8168701265 Education Endowment Foundation (EEF); 3162918928Wellcome Trust; Medical Research Council; The Nuffield Foundation; 705-566-9398 the European Union (STREP 6); theÂ ESRC.