Dr. Ido Davidesco joins Neag EPSY faculty

Please welcome our newest colleague, Ido Davidesco, Ph.D. His work involves bringing cognitive neuroscience research that was typically conducted in controlled laboratory environments into the classroom to help further our understanding of real-world learning. Developments in technology now enable portable and wearable brain and eye tracking devices to be used by researchers in working classrooms. Dr. Davidesco uses these emerging technologies to measure the brain activity of groups of students in classrooms. This research has revealed that when working well collaboratively, students exhibit similar brain activity patterns (a phenomena called “brain-to-brain synchrony”). Furthermore, the extent of brain synchrony across students may indicate how engaged students are in class and how much information they retain. Taken together, these studies demonstrate that portable and wearable technologies can be used to capture the dynamic situated interactions among students, teachers and real-world learning environments.

Scott Brown Provides Training in Colombia as Fulbright Specialist

Board of Trustees Distinguished Professor of Educational Psychology Scott Brown, who is certified as a Fulbright Specialist, accepted an assignment that sent him this past month to Pontificia Universidad Javeriana (Pontifical Xavierian University) in Cali, Colombia — one of the oldest universities in Colombia, founded in 1623.

Over the course of his two-week appointment, Brown taught two cohorts…(Read full article)

Professor Ronald Beghetto’s article for Education Week Teacher outlining seven resolutions for educators interested in cultivating creativity in their own classrooms.

The arrival of each new year is often met with some level of uncertainty. Given so many impending changes in 2017, it may feel like the coming year is more uncertain than ever. As educators, we can help our students develop their capacity to respond more creatively to uncertainty by making a few slight adjustments in our daily teaching practices.