How Can Brain Research Inform Academic Learning and Instruction?

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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.

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

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Mayer, R.E. How Can Brain Research Inform Academic Learning and Instruction?. Educ Psychol Rev 29, 835–846 (2017). https://doi.org/10.1007/s10648-016-9391-1

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Keywords

  • Educational neuroscience
  • Brain-based learning
  • Brain research
  • Cognitive neuroscience