Further reading

The CEN has written two books about the brain for a non-expert audience.

‘How the brain works’ gives an intuitive introduction to the workings – and non-workings! – of the brain. ‘Educational Neuroscience. The basics’ is primarily for teachers who are looking for a foundation in how the brain learns. Obviously, we highly recommend both. Discount codes are below.


Thomas, M. S. C., & Green, S. (2023). How the brain works: What psychology students need to know. Sage Publications.

Some background on the book and supporting material can be found here.


For those who prefer to read online, we have also created a website called How the brain works. We hope it does what it says on the tin!

Members of the CEN have also produced two textbooks, covering research in educational neuroscience research. Here’s the most recent one, a reassuring 500 pages in length.


Thomas, M. S. C., Mareschal, D., & Dumontheil, I. (2020). Educational Neuroscience: Development Across the Lifespan. London, UK: Psychology Press. Here’s a sneak preview of the Introduction.

Receive a 20% discount when ordering from the Routledge.com website by using the code FLR40 at the checkout page.

Here’s our previous ‘bestseller’:


Mareschal, D., Butterworth, B., & Tolmie, A. (2013). Educational Neuroscience. Oxford, UK: Wiley-Blackwell.