Summary of schedules

Meeting Schedule 

Meetings take place from 4-5pm on THURSDAY afternoons at Birkbeck College, in room 402 (please see schedule below for exact details).

CEN Research Group: Spring Term Schedule 2017

  • 19th January – Katie Gillingham (CEN PhD student). Exploring the developmental relations between spatial cognition and mathematics in primary school
  • 26th January – Su Morris (CEN PhD student). The relationship between Field Independence, and maths and science ability – early indications from a recent study.
  • 2nd February – Dr Sam Wass (University of East London). New Meanings of ‘thin-skinned’: autonomic and neural correlates of biological sensitivity to context
  • 9th February – Dr Roberto Filippi (UCL Institute of Education). Bilingual minds: The impact of speaking two (or more) languages on cognitive development
  • 23rd February – Dr Anna Pearce (UCL Institute of Child Health). Socio-economic inequalities and academic achievement
  • 9th March – Professor Michael Thomas (Birkbeck). Challenges in evaluating educational interventions: Evidence vs. evidence-based practice
  • 16th March – Professor Jacqueline Barnes (Birkbeck). Early interventions (Final title TBC)
  • 23rd March – Dr. Iro Xenidou-Dervou (Loughborough University). Developmental trajectories of different magnitude measures and later cognitive skills (Final title TBC)

CEN Research Group: Au Term Schedule 2016

  • 13th October – Professor Michael Thomas (Birkbeck). Educational Neuroscience: Is it all it’s cracked up to be?
  • 20th October – Dr Iroise Dumontheil (Birkbeck). Mindfulness training during adolescence
  • 27th October – Ms Georgie Donati (Birkbeck, PhD student) – 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 (PhD student, Institute of Psychiatry, Psychology and Neuroscience, King’s College). 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.
  • 8th December – Professor Ted Meluish (Birkbeck). Long-term effects of early years experience.

CEN Research Group: Summer Term Schedule 2016

  • 21st April – External seminar. Dr. Camilla Gilmore, Loughborough University. Skills underlying maths: the role of executive functions in mathematics performance G1 seminar room, 25 Woburn Square.
  • 28th April – Mike Hobbiss, UCL. ‘Out of Focus’: Investigating attentional control in adolescence, SSRU seminar room, 18 Woburn Square.
  • 5th May – Cathy Rogers, Birkbeck/UCL IOE: How much education is there in “educational” apps? G1 seminar room, 25 Woburn Square.
  • 12th May- External seminar. Prof Gaia Scerif/ Rebecca Merkley, University of Oxford. Beyond number sense: Domain-general and specific contributions to early childhood numeracy. G1 seminar room, 25 Woburn Square.
  • 19th May – External seminar. Dr Carina de Klerk, Birkbeck. Mimicry in infancy: the role of sensorimotor experience and social signals. SSRU seminar room, 18 Woburn Square.
  • 26th May ***note that the seminar this week runs from 11am to 12noon*** – Dr Emma Meaburn, Birkbeck. The biological basis of learning abilities: key findings from contemporary genomic studies. G1 seminar room, 25 Woburn Square.
  • 2nd June – Prof Michael Thomas, Birkbeck. How can the study of genetics help educators? SSRU seminar room, 18 Woburn Square.
  • 9th June – no seminar
  • 16th June – Katie Mason, UCL IOE. The development of a music-based intervention for executive function skills in deaf children. G1 seminar room, 25 Woburn Square.
  • 23rd June – Jasmine Cockcroft: Isolating predictors of individual variation in KS3 school science to inform and improve teaching and assessment G1 seminar room, 25 Woburn Square.

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. Executive Function:  social influences & links with school readiness. 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. Visual-spatial ability and children’s science performance: how are they related?  G1 seminar room, 25 Woburn Square
  • 11th February – External seminar. Patricia Babtie (co-author with Jane Emerson of “The Dyscalculia Assessment”, Continuum Publishing Corporation [2010]). Dyscalculia and Numeracy Difficulties: Why does multi-sensory teaching matter. 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 –  Nelly Joye, UCL IOE. Journal paper presentation of Savage et al. (2016). Predicting writing development in dual language instructional contexts: exploring cross-linguistic relationships. Developmental Science 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 –  External seminar. 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.

CEN Research Group: Autumn Term Schedule 2015

  • 15th October – Prof. Emily Farran, UCL IOE. Journal paper discussion of Foisy, L. M. B., Potvin, P., Riopel, M., & Masson, S. (2015). Is inhibition involved in overcoming a common physics misconception in mechanics?Trends in Neuroscience and Education4(1), 26-36. G1 seminar room, 25 Woburn Square
  • 22nd October – External seminar. Sarah Punshon (see: www.sarahpunshon.co.uk). Getting stuck, going wrong and being stupid: could a theatrical adventure impact children’s beliefs about their mathematical brains? G1 seminar room, 25 Woburn Square
  • 29th October – External seminar. Dr. Ben Shaw, University of Westminster. Children’s Independent Mobility: how much freedom do our children have to get about by themselves and does independence affect child development? See: http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/education-33847890. G1 seminar room, 25 Woburn Square
  • 5th November – no meeting
  • 12th November – External seminar: Dr. Sam Wass, Cambridge University. What’s the difference between ‘good’ and ‘bad’ stress? How mood, and mood stability, can affect concentration and learning in children. G1 seminar room, 25 Woburn Square
  • 19th November – Annie Brookman, Birkbeck. The role of inhibitory control in adolescents’ science and maths reasoning. G1 seminar room, 25 Woburn Square
  • 26th November – External seminar. Dr. Jo Van Herwegen, Kingston University. Block design performance in Williams syndrome and Autism Spectrum Disorders: differences in visuo-spatial abilities or task approach skills? G1 seminar room, 25 Woburn Square
  • 3rd December – Prof. Michael Thomas, Birkbeck. Journal paper discussion of of Carly Kontra, Daniel J. Lyons, Susan M. Fischer, and Sian L. Beilock (2015). Physical Experience Enhances Science Learning. Psychological Science June 2015 26: 737-749. G1 seminar room, 25 Woburn Square
  • 10th December – Dr. Iroise Dumontheil, Birkbeck. Journal paper discussion. G1 seminar room, 25 Woburn Square

CEN Research Group: Summer Term Schedule 2015

  • 22nd April – EXTERNAL SEMINAR. Prof. James McCelland, Stanford University, USA. “How, when and why our brains are quick or slow to integrate new information with existing knowledge: A complementary learning systems analysis”. Room B35, Birkbeck, Malet Street. Come and join us for a beer afterwards!
  • 29th April – Dr Jeremy Skipper, UCL. “Towards a neurobiology of natural language use”. G1 seminar room, 25 Woburn Square (UCL-IOE Department of Psychology and Human Development). This seminar will be at a later time of 4:15-5:30.
  • 6th May – Dr Chloe Marshall, UCL-IOE. “Executive functions in deaf children”. G1 seminar room, 25 Woburn Square (UCL-IOE Department of Psychology and Human Development).
  • 13th May – Dr Dagmara Dimitriou, UCL-IOE. “Is sleep important for learning? Evidence from developmental disorders”. G1 seminar room, 25 Woburn Square (UCL-IOE Department of Psychology and Human Development).
  • 20th May – Dr Eddy Davelaar, Birkbeck. “Understanding neurofeedback”. G1 seminar room, 25 Woburn Square (UCL-IOE Department of Psychology and Human Development).
  • 27th May – Jaime Balladares, UCL-IOE. Discussion of: Hackman et al (in press). Socioeconomic status and executive function: developmental trajectories and mediation. Developmental Science. Room 604, 20 Bedford Way (Main IOE building, 6th floor).
  • 3rd June – Su Morris and Fiona Button, Birkbeck/UCL-IOE. Discussion of: Price & Yates (2015) Impact of a brief ego depletion procedure on creative behaviour in the upper primary classroom. Educational Psychology, 35(3), 328-340 G1 seminar room, 25 Woburn Square (UCL-IOE Department of Psychology and Human Development).
  • 10th June – Francina Clayton, UCL. “As easy as ABC? The role of automatic letter-sound integration in reading development and dyslexia”. G1 seminar room, 25 Woburn Square (UCL-IOE Department of Psychology and Human Development).
  • 17th June – EXTERNAL SEMINAR. Dr Duncan Astle, MRC Cognition and Brain Sciences Unit, University of Cambridge. “Studying the neural mechanisms of attention and memory in childhood”. G1 seminar room, 25 Woburn Square (UCL-IOE Department of Psychology and Human Development).
  • 24th June – Emma Kemp-Gee, Birkbeck/UCL-IOE. Theories
    of intelligence, cognitive control and academic performance in adolescence. G1 seminar room, 25 Woburn Square (UCL-IOE Department of Psychology and Human Development).
  • 1st July – EXTERNAL SEMINAR. Dr Christos Pliatsikas, University of Kent. “The effects of bilingualism on brain structure and function”. Room 639, 20 Bedford Way (Main IOE building, 6th floor).

CEN Research Group: Spring Term Schedule 2015

  • 7th January – EXTERNAL SEMINAR. Prof. Franck Ramus, Ecole Normale Supérieure, Paris. “Neuroanatomy of developmental dyslexia”. Room 802, 20 Bedford Way (Main IOE building, 8th floor).
  • 14th January – CANCELLED Dr Tessa Dekker, UCL. Discussion of: Dekker, T. M., Mareschal, D., Johnson, M. H., & Sereno, M. I. (2014). Picturing words? Sensorimotor cortex activation for printed words in child and adult readers. Brain and Language, 139, 58-67. G1 seminar room, 25 Woburn Square (UCL-IOE Department of Psychology and Human Development).
  • 21st January – Dr Andrea Révész, UCL-IOE. “The effects of task complexity on second language writing processes, behaviours and outcomes”. G1 seminar room, 25 Woburn Square (UCL-IOE Department of Psychology and Human Development).
  • 28th January – Dr Hannah Pimperton, UCL. “Lipreading training computer games for deaf children: A randomised controlled trial”. G1 seminar room, 25 Woburn Square (UCL-IOE Department of Psychology and Human Development).
  • 4th February – Dr Tessa Dekker, UCL. Discussion of: Dekker, T. M., Mareschal, D., Johnson, M. H., & Sereno, M. I. (2014). Picturing words? Sensorimotor cortex activation for printed words in child and adult readers. Brain and Language, 139, 58-67. Room 736, 20 Bedford Way (Main IOE building, 7th floor).
  • 11th February – Dr Kaska Porayska-Pomsta, UCL-IOE. “SHARE-IT: building an intelligent and authorable game for autistic children and their carers”. G1 seminar room, 25 Woburn Square (UCL-IOE Department of Psychology and Human Development).
  • 18th February – Dr Anna Remington, UCL-IOE. “Listening with interest… Attention to auditory stimuli and special interests in Autism Spectrum Disorder”. G1 seminar room, 25 Woburn Square (UCL-IOE Department of Psychology and Human Development).
  • 25th February – EXTERNAL SEMINAR. Emma Blakey, University of Sheffield. “Deconstructing complex cognition: explaining the emergence and development of cognitive flexibility”. Room 728, 20 Bedford Way (Main IOE building, 7th floor).
  • 4th March – Dr Iroise Dumountheil, Birkbeck. Title TBC.
  • 11th March – Prof. Michael Thomas, Birkbeck. Title TBC.

CEN Research Group: Autumn Term Schedule 2014

  • 7th October – EXTERNAL SEMINAR. Prof. Daniel Ansari, University of Western Ontario. “Building blocks of mathematical competence: Evidence from brain and behaviour”.
  • 14th October – Dr Iroise Dumontheil, Birkbeck. Discussion of Klingberg, T. (in press). Childhood cognitive development as a skill. Trends in Cognitive Sciences.
  • 21st October – Mr Andrew Sabisky, Institute of Education. “Consilience, chronotype, and a new social science: A series of modest proposals”.
  • 28th October – Dr Chloe Marshall, Institute of Education. Discussion of two papers, (1) Bak et al (2014). Does bilingualism influence cognitive aging? Annals of Neurology, 75, 959–963. and (2) Pettigrew et al (2013). Relationship of cognitive reserve and APOE status to the emergence of clinical symptoms in preclinical Alzheimer’s disease. Cognitive Neuroscience, 4, 136-142.
  • 4th November – Prof. Andy Tolmie, Institute of Education. “Observation, description and explanation in primary science learning”.
  • 11th November – Mr Jaime Balladares, Institute of Education. “Effects of socio-economic status on cognition and vocabulary”.
  • 18th November – EXTERNAL SEMINAR. Dr Sarah Kuppen, Anglia Ruskin University, Cambridge. “Tune Time: Spoken and sung rhymes for early literacy”.
  • 25th November – Prof. Michael Thomas, Birkbeck. Discussion of article in Education Today by Rob Coe of the University of Durham.
  • 2nd December – Su Morris and Aislinn Bowler, Institute of Education/Birkbeck. Discussion of the paper: Drollette et al. (2014). Acute exercise facilitates brain function and cognition in children who need it most: An ERP study of individual differences in inhibitory control capacity. Developmental Cognitive Neuroscience, 7, 53-64.
  • 9th December – Prof. Denis Mareschal, Birkbeck. “Learning in a multi-sensory environment”.

CEN Research Group: Summer Term Schedule 2014

  • April 29th – Stacey Tatera, Arkansas School for the Deaf & Fulbright Scholar at the Institute of Education. “Mobile Technology: Changing the Way Deaf Students Learn”
  • May 6th – Prof. Michael Thomas, Birkbeck, University of London, discussion of the paper “Why Do Children Differ in Their Development of Reading and Related Skills?” by Olson, Keenan, Byrne & Samuelsson (2014).
  • May 13th – EXTERNAL SEMINAR: Dr. Roi Cohen Kadosh, University of Oxford, – “Can Neuroscience Enhance Academic Achievements?” ROOM CHANGE: B18 Malet street
  • May 20th – Dr. Iroise Dumontheil, Birkbeck, University of London – Presentation of a new project investigating mobile phone use and adolescent cognition.
  • May 27th – Dr. Sveta Mayer, Institute of Education and Pete Bowers, Rye Oak Primary School, title tbc
  • June 3rd – Dr. Charlotte Knox-Williams, Senior teacher of SEN at Portland Place School and independent researcher, and Dr. Yvonne Griffiths, Institute of Education: discussion of current controversies in dyslexia. (See here for blogpost by Prof. Dorothy Bishop on the recent book by Julian Elliott and Elena Grigorenko called The Dyslexia Debate)
  • June 10th – Dr. Emily Farran, Institute of Education, University of London – “The relationship between the development of spatial cognition and Science Technology Engineering and Maths (STEM) subjects”
  • June 17th – Prof. Michael Thomas, Birkbeck, University of London – “Sensitive periods in brain development: computational perspectives and broader implications for education”
  • June 24th – Dr. Eddy Davelaar, Birkbeck, University of London, “Neurofeedback and education/learning”
  • July 1st – EXTERNAL SEMINAR: Prof. Sue Gathercole, MRC-CBU, Cambridge, “Assessing and intervening in developmental disorders of working memory” ROOM CHANGE: B18 Malet street
  • July 8th – Louise Hannah Girvan, University of Aberdeen, “Creating an e-learning tool for biochemical pathways. A proposal based on research in the fields of Neuroscience, Psychology and Education.”

CEN Research Group: Spring Term Schedule 2014

  • Jan 14th – Video presentation of Prof. Helen’s Neville talk on “Experiential, genetic, and epigenetic effects on human neurocognitive development”
  • Jan 21st – External seminar: Prof. Derek Bell, LEARNUS focus group, Campanula Consulting, Professor of Education in The College of Teachers, Visiting Research Associate, IoE, former head of education at Wellcome Trust “Neuroscience and education: exploring the hinterland”
  • Jan 28th – Francina Clayton, University College London, “Is dyslexia characterised by a deficit in automatic letter-sound integration?”
  • Feb 4th – External seminar: Dr. Joni Holmes, MRC-CBU, Cambridge, “Working memory training with children”
  • Feb 18th – Discussion of recent debate on educational neuroscience triggered by the Bishop Blog (Michael Thomas)
  • Feb 25th – Dr. Charlotte Knox-Williams, “Insight learning in children with dyslexia”
  • March 4th – Dr. Chloë Marshall and Penny Stubbs, Institute of Education, University of London, “Teachers’ systematic use of gesture: Does it help children learn (and why would it?)”
  • March 11th – Dr. Angelica Ronald, Birkbeck, University of London, “What causes psychotic experiences in adolescence, and why is this important for educational neuroscience?”
  • March 18th – External seminar: Jo Evershed, Director of Cauldron – “How psychology and neuroscience might inform the future of teaching and learning”

CEN Research Group: Autumn Term Schedule 2013

  • Tuesday 8 October – Prof. Denis Mareschal, Birkbeck, Discussion of “Neville, H.J. et al. (2013) Family-based training program improves brain function, cognition, and behavior in lower socioeconomic status pre-schoolers, PNAS, doi: 10.1073/pnas.1304437110”
  • Tuesday 15 October – Dr. Iroise Dumontheil, Birkbeck, Discussion of “Bengtsson et al. (2005). Extensive piano practicing has regionally specific effects on white matter development, Nature Neuroscience, 8(9), September 2005, 1148-1150”
  • Tuesday 22 October – Prof. Michael Thomas, Birkbeck, Discussion of “Brant et al. (2013). The Nature and nurture of high IQ: An extended sensitive period for intellectual development. Psychological Sciences. doi:10.1177/0956797612473119”
  • Tuesday 29 October – External seminar: Dr. Catherine Sebastian, Royal Holloway, “Neural bases of emotion processing in children with conduct problems: implications for education”
  • Tuesday 12 November – External seminar: Dr. Roberto Filippi, Anglia Ruskin University, “Shush, the teacher is speaking! A bilingual advantage in comprehending speech in noisy environments”
  • Tuesday 19 November – TBC
  • Tuesday 26 November – Dr. Efthymios Papatziki, visiting fellow at the Institute of Education, title TBC
  • Tuesday 3 December – External seminar: Dr. Gaia Scerif, University of Oxford, “(How) does attentional control matter? Developmental interactions with memory and learning”
  • Tuesday 10 December – Prof. Michael Thomas, Birkbeck, University of London, “How the brain works (…that’s relevant for educators)”

CEN Research Group: Summer Term Schedule 2013

  • Wednesday 24 April: Kathleen Robinson (London Knowledge Lab) – Discussion paper by Schilbach et al. “Toward a second-person neuroscience”, Behavioral and Brain Sciences (in press)
  • Wednesday 1 May: Dr. Iroise Dumontheil (Birkbeck) – Discussion of Scientific American 2013 article “Brain changing games” by Lydia Denworth.
  • Wednesday 8 May: Seminar: Jane Emerson (Emerson House) – Dyscalculia assessment and interventions – the work of Emerson House
  • Wednesday 15 May: Seminar: Dr. Rachael Bedford (Institute of Psychiatry) – Studies of siblings at risk for autism
  • Wednesday 22 May: Seminar: Dr. Fred Dick (Birkbeck) – Auditory processing and educational neuroscience.
  • Wednesday 29 May: Erica McAteer (IoE) – Discussion paper Hung et al. (2010) “Dynamic bicultural brains: fMRI study of their flexible neural representation of self and significant others in response to culture primes”, Asian Journal of Social Psychology, 12:83-91.
  • Wednesday 5 June: Seminar: Dr. Stephanie Burnett (Oxford University) – Invited talk to present her research on adolescent social networks
  • Wednesday 12 June: Seminar: Dr. Themis Karaminis (Institute of Education) – Themis Karaminis (IoE) – Invited talk to report the results of a CPD pilot project on educational neuroscience
  • Wednesday 3 July: Seminar: Germaine Symons (Birkbeck) – Invited talk to present her research on scientific reasoning in children

CEN Research Group: Spring Term Schedule 2013

  • Wednesday 16 January: Welcome back and term schedule. Discussion of two internet blogs from Prof Max Coltheart and Prof Aaron Sloman
  • Wednesday 23 January: Paper discussion (presented by Hala Alireza) – Scientific American 2012 special issue on educational neuroscience
  • Wednesday 30 January: Seminar: Dr. Kaska Porayska-Pomsta (IoE): Learner Modelling: what does it have to do with neuroscience in education?
  • Wednesday 6 February: Seminar: Dr. Sam Wass (Cambridge): An overview of the effectiveness of working memory interventions
  • Wednesday 13 February: Paper discussion (presented by Michael Thomas) – Removing brakes on adult brain plasticity by Bavelier et al. (2010)
  • Wednesday 20 February: Paper discussion (presented by Sveta Mayer) – Education and the social brain by Lieberman (2012)
  • Wednesday 27 February: Seminar: Prof. Judy Ireson (IoE) – The effectiveness of teaching by ability grouping
  • Wednesday 6 March: Data presentation: Michael Thomas – Mental-age matched designs to evaluate the cognitive implications of teaching by ability grouping
  • Wednesday 13 March: Discussion: An overview of the results of the Better Communication Research Project (Prof. Julie Dockrell), and of the Bercow report on oral language difficulties in children, to which the BCR Project was a response (Dr. Chloe Marshall)
  • Wednesday 20 March: Paper discussion (presented by Roni Mermelshtine) – Socioeconomic status and the developing brain by Hackman, Farah & Meaney (2010)

CEN Research Group: Autumn Term Schedule 2012

  • Wednesday 17 October: Michael Thomas – EN and analogy to public health
  • Wednesday 24 October: Chantelle Blagrove  – Paper discussion of Sigman (2012) paper on young children and TV viewing
  • Wednesday 31 October: Tolmie – Neuroscience and science education
  • Wednesday 7 November: Literacy workshop
  • Wednesday 14 November: Seminar: Eamon McCrory (UCL) – ‘The neurobiology of childhood maltreatment’.
  • Wednesday 21 November: Seminar: Michael Thomas (BBK) – ‘Current cognitive neuroscience approaches to autism’
  • Wednesday 28 November: Chloe Marshall & Heather Payne – Paper discussion of Lillard & Else-Quest (2011) on evaluating Montessori education
  • Wednesday 5 December:  Pete Bowers and Patricia Halcahova – Paper discussion of Rohrer & Pashler on the evidential base for teaching according to ‘learning styles’