New Frontiers in Education Neuroscience

Authored by: Joanna A. Christodoulou , Patricia K. Saxler , Stephanie N. Del Tufo

The Routledge International Companion to Educational Psychology

Print publication date:  July  2013
Online publication date:  July  2013

Print ISBN: 9780415675581
eBook ISBN: 9780203809402
Adobe ISBN: 9781136675096


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Education neuroscience harnesses tools and concepts from development, psychology, and neuroscience to investigate educationally relevant questions. While earlier tools for understanding the brain–behaviour relationship relied on observations following brain injury, surgery, or autopsies, modern technologies permit non-invasive recording of brain structure and function in learners who vary on dimensions of performance. Education neuroscience has an emphasis on the complex, bidirectional, and developmental relationship between brain and behaviour (Pennington 2009). Education neuroscience folds together the fields of cognitive neuroscience, affective neuroscience, and education to study the multiple layers of performance, process, and outcome across development as it relates to the enterprise of education.

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