Communicating research to support the evolution of teaching

Learnus Mediated Workshop

The cognitive neuroscience of economic status (SES)

Speaker: Professor Michael Thomas

Prof. Michael Thomas
BSc (Hons), MSc, DPhil (Oxon)

Michael Thomas is a Professor of Cognitive Neuroscience at Birkbeck, University of London and is the Director of the Centre for Educational Neuroscience.  He currently leads the Developmental Neurocognition Lab as part of Birkbeck's Centre for Brain and Cognitive Development.

In this talk, Professor Thomas discussed recent cognitive neuroscience evidence on how SES influences cognitive and brain development.  SES has been identified as a key environmental measure that influences health, cognition, and educational outcomes in child development.

However, it is proxy measure that does not identify the actual causal processes influencing development.  Professor Thomas then discussed how recent evidence from behavioural and brain imaging studies may help us isolate the relevant mechanistic pathways and point to interventions to alleviate the effects of deprivation on cognitive development.

19th October 2016

Church House, Westminster

Workshop Mediator:
Derek Bell
Director of Learnus
Professor of Education, College of Teachers

This was the sixth workshop in a series entitled "Understanding Learning - is it all in the brain?"