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Conference: Improving K-12 education with cutting-edge cognitive neuroscience research

New discoveries in the field of cognitive neuroscience hold great promise for improving current teaching methods. Yet there is a significant gap between such scientific discoveries and the application of this knowledge in the classroom. The New York Academy of Sciences and the Aspen Brain Forum Foundation will present a landmark conference on September 22-24, 2011 in Aspen, Colorado, "Cognitive Neuroscience of Learning: Implications for Education." The goal of this conference is to facilitate the translation of scientific discoveries about how children learn into new teaching methods, and will include a careful review of the current obstacles to applying these methods in the classroom, along with related emotional, sociological, and environmental issues.

The conference will feature a keynote lecture by Nobel Laureate Carl Wieman of the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy, and a lecture for the public by Goldie Hawn, actress and founder of the Hawn Foundation. Plenary sessions and panel discussions during the three-day conference will address early childhood development and school readiness; reading and language learning and associated disorders such as dyslexia; acquisition of mathematical reasoning and how to effectively teach mathematics; development of executive functioning and how to improve attention; effects of poverty on learning and brain development; and how to effectively translate research findings about optimal learning into the classroom. For a full list of speakers and topics, visit

The scientific organizers of the conference are Drs Daphne Bavalier, University of Rochester; Adele Diamond, University of British Columbia; Bruce McCandliss, Vanderbilt University; and Kenneth Pugh, Haskins Laboratories.

Aspen Brain Forum Prize in NeuroEducation

The Aspen Brain Forum Foundation will award two prizes of $7,500 each in unrestricted funds to recognize innovation and excellence in translating discoveries from cognitive neuroscience into innovative curricula or tools that enhance learning. The prize categories are: 1) young investigator (at the post-doc/assistant professor level) and, 2) senior scientist. Applications will be reviewed by a multi-disciplinary committee of experts and are due by Friday, August 5, 2011.

WHAT: A two-day symposium: 'Cognitive Neuroscience of Learning: Implications for Education'


Keynote Speakers:

  • Goldie Hawn, actress and founder of the Hawn Foundation

  • Carl Wieman, PhD, Nobel laureate, Associate Director of Science, White House Office of Science and Technology Policy

Other presenters include cognitive neuroscientists, developmental psychologists, and education researchers and practitioners.

September 22 - 24, 2011 | 5:00 PM - 5:30 PM

The Aspen Institute
845 Meadows Road
Aspen, CO 81611

Media must RSVP:
Sonya Dougal, (212) 298-8682


Contact: Sonya Dougal
New York Academy of Sciences

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