Invitation lunch talk: Nature and nurture of education by Professor Michael Thomas

09-11-2018

12.00-13.00

Vrije Universiteit, De Boelelaan 1105, 1081HV Amsterdam HG-15A16 (15th floor main building A-wing)

Invitation lunch talk: Nature and nurture of education by Professor Michael Thomas

Michael Thomas

Faculteit der Gedrags- en Bewegingswetenschappen

Psychologie

Lezing

Invitation lunch talk

Nature and nurture of education by Professor Michael Thomas

Professor Michael Thomas is a Professor of Cognitive Neuroscience at Birkbeck University of London and is Director of the Centre for Educational Neuroscience.

His research in educational neuroscience addresses several topics, including how our current understanding of sensitive periods in brain development might influence syllabus design and education policy, and how fields such as genetics and methods of computational modelling may advance the field of educational neuroscience.


The goal of Michael Thomas’ research is to understand the nature and causes of cognitive variability – that is, why children become cleverer as they get older, why children of the same age can differ in their ability, and what causes the extremes of variation such as giftedness and developmental disabilities. In many cases, this leads to a consideration of the nature-nurture question – the respective contributions of genetics and the environment both to driving development and to producing differences in developmental trajectories between individuals. One of his current projects, funded by the Department of Health and led by Imperial College, is investigating the effect of mobile phone use on teenage brain development. In this lunch talk he will present a combination of recent work on the genetics of education and socio-economic status effects.