Educational Psychology Review

, Volume 29, Issue 4, pp 835–846 | Cite as

How Can Brain Research Inform Academic Learning and Instruction?

  • Richard E. MayerEmail author
Review Article


This paper explores the potential of neuroscience for improving educational practice by describing the perspective of educational psychology as a linking science; providing historical context showing educational psychology’s 100-year search for an educationally relevant neuroscience; offering a conceptual framework for the connections among neuroscience, cognitive science, educational psychology, and educational practice; and laying out a research agenda for the emerging field of educational neuroscience.


Educational neuroscience Brain-based learning Brain research Cognitive neuroscience 


Compliance with Ethical Standards


This study was funded by grant N00014162046 from the Office of Naval Research.

Conflict of Interest

The author declares that he has no conflict of interest.


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Department of Psychological and Brain SciencesUniversity of CaliforniaSanta BarbaraUSA

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