Educational Neuroscience - brain, learning and development

How can we understand learning and development of children and young adults in educational contexts from a neuroscience perspective? Our research investigates the brain’s ability to learn and what this implies for the education of children and adults. Our work provides insights into cognitive mechanisms that enable and support learning, including the distinction between explicit and implicit learning and the ‘executive functions’ that allow us to adapt and learn. A good understanding of how children and young adults process information and retrieve knowledge already stored helps us understand how to teach effectively and create an effective school environment.

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