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Neuroscience, education and psychology

30/10/2017 - 09:00 to 16:00


This day will critically consider ‘brain based research’ and consider the implications of this for those working with children.

Between 2000 and 2016 the number of research publications focusing on neuro- topics in education have increased more than 10 fold. Alongside this, neuro- based terms and concepts are entering in to the everyday language of teacher and often offered as explanations for difficulties. Over the past several years, mainstream media has reported that teaching bodies are pushing for neuro-education for teachers to help children learn better, develop better and maintain wellbeing. Established psychological theories and frameworks are increasingly adopting a ‘neuro-flavour’ e.g. attachment, emotion coaching, attentional skills. As professionals who frequently interact with teachers and parents, EPs must develop their understanding and skills in this area and their ability to critically evaluate some of the complex concepts underpinning eye-catching media headlines.

By attending this day participants will:

  • Have a greater understanding of basic brain anatomy and processes
  • Be able to describe the types of techniques and tools used to understand the brain
  • Be able to adopt a critical approach to ‘brain-based research’
  • Develop and explicit awareness of some of the key cognitive biases that people may experience when confronted with neuro- concepts
  • Understand and challenge some of the most common educational myths
  • Begin to develop an understanding of the importance of touch for children, drawing on neuroscientific evidence
  • Have the opportunity to consider the implications of an increasing focus on ‘educational neuroscience’


09:00 to 16:00


The Parish Rooms, Highnam Community Centre
Highnam Community Centre Trust
Gloucester, Gloucestershire GL2 8DG United Kingdom

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