CEN Research Group

The CEN Research Group considers current issues in educational neuroscience. It meets weekly during university term-time on the Bloomsbury campus. It combines seminars, discussions of relevant journal articles, policy initiatives, data presentations from MSc and PhD students, and informal presentations from faculty members on the relation of their research to educational neuroscience.


The research group is open to faculty members, postdoctoral fellows, and students (especially those on the Educational Neuroscience and Developmental Sciences masters, and PhD students studying relevant topics). It is also open to educationalists, educational psychologists, and interested teachers. Meetings are envisaged not to exceed 20, to enable an atmosphere of informal discussion. If you would like to attend or be included on the email circulation list, please contact CEN Administrator.

The list below describes the current members of the CEN Research Group:

Meeting Schedule

Meetings take place from 4-5pm on THURSDAY afternoons at Birkbeck (Room 402, Main Building, unless otherwise advertised).

CEN Research Group: Autumn Term Schedule 2016

  • 13th October: Prof. Michael Thomas (Birkbeck) – “Is educational neuroscience all it’s cracked up to be?”
  • 20th October: Dr Iroise Dumontheil (Birkbeck) – “Mindfulness training during adolescence”
  • 27th October: Ms Georgie Donati (Birkbeck) – “Characterising executive functions during adolescence: Implications for genetic research into academic achievement”
  • 3rd November: Dr Josie Booth (University of Edinburgh) – “Linking the mind and the body in education: The role of physical activity in children’s cognition and attainment”
  • 17th November: Ms Kaili Rimfeld and Ms Eva Loth (Institute Of Psychiatry, Psychology and Neuroscience, King’s College London) – “The aetiology of educational achievement and the cognitive and non-cognitive predictors of achievement”
  • 24th November: Dr Tom Gallagher-Mitchell (Liverpool Hope University) – “A Journey Through Numbers, Space and Time: A developmental perspective”
  • 1st December: TBC
  • 8th December: Professor Ted Meluish (Birkbeck) – “Long-term effects of early years experience”

CEN Research Group: Spring Term Schedule 2016

  • 7th January – Su Morris, UCL IOE. Why might an understanding of global/local processing be important for learning? G1 seminar room, 25 Woburn Square
  • 14th January – External seminar. Prof Claire Hughes, Cambridge. Title tbc. G1 seminar room, 25 Woburn Square
  • 21st January – External seminar. Dr. Tim Smith, Birkbeck. Investigating the impact of touchscreen use on toddler’s cognitive development: Introducing the TABLET project G1 seminar room, 25 Woburn Square
  • 28th January – Georgina Donati, Birkbeck. Developing reasoning in primary schools through philosophical enquiry, G1 seminar room, 25 Woburn Square
  • 4th February – Alex Hodgkiss, UCL IOE. Spatial ability and science performance: Can early spatial training influence successful engagement with science and science outcomes? G1 seminar room, 25 Woburn Square
  • 11th February – Dr. Emma Meaburn. Title tbc. SSRU seminar room, 18 Woburn Square
  • **CANCELLED**18th February – External seminar. Dr. John Jerrim, UCL IOE. Chess in schools. G1 seminar room, 25 Woburn Square
  • 25th February –  Hannah Ward, UCL IOE. Journal paper presentation. SSRU seminar room, 18 Woburn Square
  • 3rd March – Emma Campbell. UCL IOE. Investigating underlying cognitive deficits in children with cerebral palsy and how the contribute to mathematical ability SSRU seminar room, 18 Woburn Square
  • 10th March –  Dr. Charles Chew, Ministry of Education, Singapore. Development of Innovative Bio-physics Demonstrations for Constructivist Teaching using the Predict-Observe-Explain [POE] Instructional Approach. SSRU seminar room, 18 Woburn Square.



For past schedules of the CEN Research group please click here.