The Learning Zone


Some of my colleagues and I from the Centre for Educational Neuroscience will be taking part in the exciting Learning Zone project. If you don’t know it, check it out – an excellent platform for teachers and researchers to discuss the science of learning. There are ongoing discussions relating to questions that anyone can post and a live chat on a specific topic every fortnight.

Topics include learning and remembering; attention, reward and motivation; early development; adolescence; evidence in the classroom; individual differences; exercise, sleep and diet; mindsets and metacognition; mental health; and making learning difficult.

Get involved!

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Recruiting young scientists for a new study


We will soon be recruiting schools to take part in a new research study that investigating how to make children see analogies more easily. If your school would like to take part or if you have any queries, please to contact me here. We would very much value both your participation in the study and also your input and feedback on our research.

Why analogies?

The ability to form analogies is believed to be a process central to many aspects of children’s learning ranging from language and mathematics to understanding complex concepts within the classroom. The aim of our research is to understand how to enable children to ‘see’ analogies with more ease and then translate this into innovative educational methods.

What will we be doing?

We intend to recruit approximately 120 Year 1 and Year 2 children across London-based and surrounding counties primary schools to take part in the study during late 2017 / early 2018. The study will involve children taking part in two 10-15 minute sessions for each child, the timing of which we can tailor to fit around your teaching and activity schedules. In the first session, children’s non-verbal reasoning will be assessed using standardised tests. In the second session, children will sort a pack of cards into different groups, after which they will play a picture matching game. In previous research, I have found it very useful (and fun!) to deliver lessons about the brain and what brain scientists do, and I would be more than happy to do this again. My colleagues and I also created craft and puzzle based activities for children to work through to use in these sessions which you can see here.

Sounds interesting?

If you would like your school to be involved or would like to know more about the project please contact me by email at or by telephone on 07929 118843.

Poster for Analogy Conference

Here is a copy of the poster for my presentation at the Fourth Analogy conference in Paris. The poster reports on the first study we have conducted using a simple card sorting game to improve children’s analogical reasoning.

Click here for a pdf of the poster.

Analogy conference final


Puzzling brains

The news you have all been waiting for… The second brain puzzle has now been completed and tested! We use these and other resources (more here) to teach children lots of interesting facts about the brain. These were tested at our second Bright Sparks event where children took part in different studies run by the Centre for Educational Neuroscience as well as taking part in lots of fun activities. You can find more details of the Bright Sparks studies here, along with a summary of our findings.

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