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Educational Neuroscience

Vanderbilt University is a world leader in the area of Educational Neuroscience. Educational Neuroscience allows the placing of important educational issues within a scientific context that compliments the social science basis of educational research and the biological basis of learning and behavior in neuroscience. This program merges psychological investigations, in a broad framework including developmental, cognitive, and affective processes, with neuroscience research spanning multiple levels from genetics to systems in order to better understand core educational areas such as reading, math, science and socio-emotional development. From these collaborative questions a better understanding of how the brain learns and more effective ways of teaching emerges.

At Vanderbilt University, Educational Neuroscience has three pillars. First, we aim to precisely understand the underlying mechanisms involved in typical and atypical learning, especially in underserved populations. Second, we invent methods to reliably diagnose or identify specific domains and networks affected by disorders or the environment. Third, we develop novel interventions and methods for predicting response to intervention based on neuro-scientific principles. Educational Neuroscience aims to enhance outcomes in all individuals, but particularly for those with fewer opportunities or those who are affected by disabilities. Through these pillars, Educational Neuroscience will fundamentally contribute to the future of teacher education and the development of educational policies.

Students interested in this area should apply here and highlight their interest in Educational Neuroscience in their statement of interest.

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