Researchers in neuroscience, psychology and education are uncovering new information about how brains learn best at an unbelievable pace. We have more insight into the brain’s learning processes than at any other moment in history, and we are poised on the brink of a radical shift of how we think about education. Even those with excellent time management skills and work ethics can still train their brains to learn better. Researching the conditions that allow brains to learn most easily enables innovation and optimization for learners in formal and informal settings. This can be especially helpful for those pursuing education in an online medium. There are countless applications for the findings of the new science of learning, including:

  • Deeper understanding of cognitive deficits and the unique circumstances that affect everyone’s learning capacity.
  • More nuanced information about memory, cognition, and comprehension in various settings.
  • Better understanding of motivation, metacognition, and what drives us to learn at all.

We are incredibly excited about all of the new knowledge being discovered by researchers examining the neurological and psychological underpinnings of learning and education systems, and we can’t wait to see what the future has in store. The organizations, blogs, research labs, and brain-based learning providers below have diverse perspectives and an incredible range of information about the new science of learning, and we think every single one is worth checking out.

Cognitive Neuroscience & Learning Research

Cognitive neuroscience researchers are at the forefront of the new science of learning. Understanding the deep structures of the brain, how they react to sensory input, and how they store information is crucial for attaining a deeper understanding of how people learn.

  1. MIT’s Department of Brain and Cognitive Sciences

    MIT's Department of Brain and Cognitive Sciences

    MIT’s Department of Brain and Cognitive Sciences combines neuroscience, biology and psychology. They stud specific aspects of the brain and mind including learning and memory, neural and cognitive development, language and reasoning.  

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  3. Stanford Cognitive and Systems Neuroscience Laboratory

    Stanford Cognitive and Systems Neuroscience Laboratory

    Under the direction of Dr. Vinod Menon, the SCSNL investigates human cognition and learning. Based out of Stanford, they use advanced brain imaging techniques such as MRI, DTI, and EEGas well as behavioral, genetic, neural network modeling, and computational methods in their research.  

  4. Staglin IMHRO Center for Cognitive Neuroscience

    Staglin IMHRO Center for Cognitive Neuroscience

    The Staglin IMHRO Center for Cognitive Neuroscience is UCLA’s research center for inquiries into the neural underpinnings and phenotypic conditions that correlate with cognitive anomalies. The center is currently studying the neural bases of creativity, social communication, autism, schizophrenia, memory mechanisms, and many other brain functions, disorders, and conditions.  

  5. University of Cambridge Centre for Neuroscience in Education

    Centre for Neuroscience in Education

    The main research goal of the Centre is to establish the basic parameters of brain development and understand cognitive skills critical for education. They aim to understand how the brain functions and changes during the development of reading, math, and other subjects.  

  6. Midwest Brain & Learning Institute

    Midwest Brain & Learning Institute

    The Midwest Brain and Learning Institute provides brain compatible learning experiences by bringing educators together with nationally recognized researchers and presenters. They share the latest in neuroscience research and how it impacts the understanding of learning and teaching.  

    • Connect on Twitter: @MWBLI
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  8. Grisolano Center for Neurodevelopment Blog

    Grisolano Center for Neurodevelopment Blog

    The Grisolano Center for Neurodevelopment is a pediatric neuropsychology practice dedicated to helping children overcome challenges in learning and development to create a better life for them today and for the future. Through Neurodevelopmental, Psychotherapy and Cognitive Training & Rehabilitation services, their team is dedicated to understanding the brain functions that affect a child’s behavior and learning abilities, and provide therapy services that help to overcome cognitive issues so the child can thrive academically, socially and emotionally. The Center believes that knowledge is power and that is why Grisolano.com offers online resources for families, educators and legal professionals. Free downloads and checklists range from information and guides on Autism Spectrum Disorder, ADD/ADHD, Independent Educational Evaluations and Due Process Hearings.  

    • Connect on Twitter: @LeeAnnGrisolano
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  10. Earli: Neuroscience and Education

    Earli: Neuroscience and Education

    The SIG brings together researchers from the fields of educational research, cognitive, and developmental psychology and neuroscience. A team of interdisciplinary people with training in each of these investigate human learning and development.  

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  12. University of Texas at San Antonio’s (UTSA) Neurobiology Podcast: Neuroscientists Talk Shop

    University of Texas at San Antonio's (UTSA) Neurobiology Podcast: Neuroscientists Talk Shop

    Neuroscientists Talk Shop is the University of Texas at San Antonio’s Neurobiology Podcast. They showcase the work and research of renowned neuroscientists and focus on their work in the field.  
     
     

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  14. Gazzaley Lab

    Gazzaley Lab

    Research in the Gazzaley lab focuses on furthering the understanding of the neural mechanisms, alterations that occur in aging and neurological disease, and how one may intervene therapeutically. Their goal is to understand how a healthy brain functions and be aware of alterations that occur with normal aging and disease.  

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  16. Developmental Cognitive Neuroscience

    Developmental Cognitive Neuroscience

    Developmental Cognitive Neuroscience is an interdisciplinary field devoted to understanding how children’s minds change as they grow up. Their lab specializes in studying a region of the brain known as prefrontal cortex and the cognitive abilities that depend on it.  

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  18. Laboratory for Cognitive Neuroscience

    Laboratory for Cognitive Neuroscience

    Established in 1970, the Salk Institute’s Laboratory for Cognitive Neuroscience is dedicated to the study language and cognition. Their research is designed to increase our understanding of genetically based disorders and cognitive abilities.  

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  20. UW Educational Neuroscience Lab

    UW Educational Neuroscience Lab

    Educational Neuroscience is an emerging field that integrates findings from neuroscience with those from education and cognitive science. Their research examines the neural underpinnings of cognitive processes that are relevant for education and the roles of educational experiences.  

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  22. Brain, Learning, Animation, and Movement Lab

    Brain, Learning, Animation, and Movement Lab

    This animation and movement lab helps teach motor memory, motor control, and even encourages healing after a brain injury. They function as a part of the Department of Neurology at Johns Hopkins Medicine.  

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  24. PSLC DataShop

    PSLC DataShop

    DataShop is the world’s largest repository of learning interaction data. Some of their topics include how to improve student learning, detect motivation, and predict student performance.  
     
     

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  26. Cognitive Development Center

    Cognitive Development Center

    The goal in the Cognitive Development Center is to understand thinking and how it changes with development. They work with infants and children to explore the development of memory, language, problem-solving, and flexibility.  
     
     

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  28. Center for Cognitive Neuroscience, Duke University

    Center for Cognitive Neuroscience, Duke University

    Since 1999, the Center for Cognitive Neuroscience has served as the central focus at Duke University for research, education, and training in psychological and neuroscience. Their research focuses on perception, attention, memory, language, emotion, decision making, social interaction, morality, motor control, executive function, and the evolution and development of mental processes.  

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  30. Project on the Decade of the Brain

    Project on the Decade of the Brain

    The Decade of the Brain was a designation for 1990-1999 by U.S. president George H. W. Bush as part of a larger effort involving the Library of Congress and the National Institute of Mental Health of the National Institutes of Health “to enhance public awareness of the benefits to be derived from brain research”. The initiative was conducted through a variety of activities including publications and programs aimed at introducing Members of Congress, their staffs, and the general public to cutting-edge research on the brain and encouraging public dialog on the ethical, philosophical, and humanistic implications of these emerging discoveries.  

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  32. Centre for Mind and Brain in Educational and Social Contexts (M-BESC)

    Centre for Mind and Brain in Educational and Social Contexts (M-BESC)

    The Centre for Mind and Brain in Educational and Social Contexts (M-BESC) aims to develop the understanding of learning and interaction in educational and social contexts by drawing upon, and extending, concepts and techniques situated in the study of mind and brain, and then interrelating this understanding with insights about human interaction and learning derived from other perspectives.  

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  34. OECD Centre for Educational Research and Innovation (CERI) – Brain and Learning

    OECD Centre for Educational Research and Innovation (CERI) - Brain and Learning

    The Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) provides a forum in which governments can work together to share experiences and seek solutions to common problems. They work with governments to understand what drives economic, social and environmental change. They also measure productivity and global flows of trade and investment.  

    • Connect on Twitter: @OECD
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  36. FMRIB Plasticity Group

    FMRIB Plasticity Group

    The FMRIB Plasticity Group, associated with The University of Oxford Medical Sciences Division, is an integrative research group that uses advanced brain imaging techniques to monitor brain change. They also use training programs and brain stimulation to try to influence brain change.  

    • Connect on Twitter: @OxfordSparks
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  38. Allen Institute for Brain Science

    Allen Institute for Brain Science

    The vision of the Allen Institute is to decipher how information is coded and processed in the brain. They also work to accelerate the understanding of how the human brain works in health and disease.  

    • Connect on Twitter: @Allen_Institute
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  40. UCL Institute of Cognitive Neuroscience

    UCL Institute of Cognitive Neuroscience

    The ICN is an interdisciplinary research institute. Their group of scientists and doctors from many different disciplines study mental processes in the human brain, in health and disease, and in adults and children.  

    • Connect on Twitter: @UCL_ICN
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  42. George Washington University Center for Applied Developmental Science and Neuroeducation

    George Washington University Center for Applied Developmental Science and Neuroeducation

    Situated within the nation’s Capital, The Center for Applied Developmental Science and Neuroeducation at The George Washington University’s Graduate School of Education and Human Development (GSEHD) seeks to develop scholar-leaders, increase research, encourage knowledge sharing, and contribute to local and national policy dialogue. GSEHD aims to be a hub for the application of research from the fields of neuroscience and health sciences to the education and development of children and youth with disabilities.  

    • Connect on Twitter: @gwGSEHD
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  44. SEDL

    SEDL

    SEDL is a private, nonprofit education research, development, and dissemination corporation based in Austin, Texas. Their mission is to solve significant problems facing educational systems and communities to ensure a quality education for all learners.  

    • Connect on Twitter: @SEDLtweets
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  46. University of Washington Institute for Learning & Brain Sciences

    University of Washington Institute for Learning & Brain Sciences

    The Institute for Learning & Brain Sciences (I-LABS) is an interdisciplinary center dedicated to discovering the fundamental principles of human learning, with special emphasis on work that will enable all children from 0 to 5 to achieve their full potential.  

    • Connect on Twitter: @UW_ILABS
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    Brain@work

    [email protected] is a research group focusing on the human brain and mind, specifically on neurocognition, learning and memory.  

    • Connect on Twitter: @BRAINetworkUSM
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  50. Arizona State University Learning Sciences Institute (LSI)

    Arizona State University Learning Sciences Institute (LSI)

    Arizona State University’s Learning Sciences Institute (LSI) focuses on the generation and dissemination of research on the core human enterprises of learning and education broadly defined. It aspires to be recognized as the leading creation place in the country where researchers, scholars, policy makers, and practitioners collaborate and  

    • Connect on Twitter: @ASU_LSI
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  52. Center for Integrative and Cognitive Neuroscience at Vanderbilt University

    Center for Integrative and Cognitive Neuroscience at Vanderbilt University

    The Center for Integrative & Cognitive Neuroscience fosters mutual effort and serendipity among groups of investigators across the Vanderbilt University campus to push back the last great frontier in modern science. The Center sustains programs of research to help explain how normal and abnormal behavior and cognition arise from the function of the brain.  

    • Connect on Twitter: @CICN_Vanderbilt
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  54. Action Potential

    Action Potential

    Action Potential is a forum operated by neuroscience editors at Nature for the entire neuroscience community. They discuss major new and exciting developments and research currently going on in the world of neuroscience.  

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  56. Reberlab: Cognitive Neuroscience of Learning and Memory

    Reberlab: Cognitive Neuroscience of Learning and Memory

    Reberlab studies the cognitive neuroscience of learning and memory at Northwestern University. Some of their current projects include working memory training and perceptual-motor skill learning.  

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  58. Thinking about Thinking: Cognitive neuroscience blog

    Thinking about Thinking: Cognitive neuroscience blog

    This is a blog about the field of cognitive science and the study of thinking. Topics include computational science, cognitive development, and more.  
     
     

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  60. Brannon Lab

    Brannon Lab

    The Brannon Lab studies the development and evolution of numerical cognition. Based out of Duke University, their research and findings are useful for parents, teachers, and others interested in the way we learn.  

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  62. The Neuroeducation Institute

    The Neuroeducation Institute

    The Neuroeducation Institute is a two-day opportunity for educators to come together to enhance their teaching through discoveries about the brain and the learning process. They provide educators with knowledge about brain function, memory and learning to equip educators with usable knowledge and practical strategies for the classroom.  

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  64. Science of Learning Strategic Research Theme (SoL-SRT)

    Science of Learning Strategic Research Theme (SoL-SRT)

    Learning Sciences Researchers at the University of Hong Kong are building interdisciplinary research teams to construct multilevel models and theories of learning that build on the current understanding and methodologies of education and other sciences. They develop research and development programs to advance research, policy and practice related to learning that incorporate cutting edge ideas and techniques from neural physiological, functional, cognitive and socio-affective approaches to learning research.  

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  66. NeuroEducation Across the Lifespan Laboratory

    NeuroEducation Across the Lifespan Laboratory

    The NeuroEducation Across the Lifespan Lab’s mission is to reveal the brain networks underlying music and the arts, explore the near- and far-transfer of the skills underlying music and art learning, and investigate the benefits of music and arts in education and treatment.  

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  68. Kim Lab

    Kim Lab

    Kim Lab, located at the University of Colorado Boulder’s Institute of Cognitive Science, is a research lab that works to investigate the cognitive and neural mechanisms that allow humans to understand language. They use neuroimaging and behavioral experimental techniques with the aims of advancing basic science and guiding treatments for disordered language and reading.  

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  70. The Concepts, Actions and Objects Lab

    The Concepts, Actions and Objects Lab

    Using a diverse set of methods to explore the cognitive and neural basis of conceptual domains, the Concepts, Actions and Objects lab group studies the origins and organization of conceptual knowledge.  

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  72. Special Research Initiative for a Science of Learning

    Special Research Initiative for a Science of Learning

    The ARC is a legal agency that advises the Australian government on research matters. Beginning in 2012, started funding a new research center to investigate the complex issues of the human learning process. The center helps bring together cross-disciplinary researchers ranging from neuroscience and cognitive development to pedagogy and educational technology.  

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  74. Center for Cognitive Neuroscience and Engineering (CENCE)

    Center for Cognitive Neuroscience and Engineering (CENCE)

    Located at the University of California’s Irvine campus, CENCE is a multidisciplinary research center that aims to understand the relation between cognitive abilities and neural systems through brain imaging, brain mapping, computational modeling, informatics and engineering techniques.  

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  76. Learning Sciences Research Institute

    Learning Sciences Research Institute

    The Learning Sciences Research Institute (LSRI) was created in 2007 and is a collaboration between international, national, and UIC-based researchers to improve educational opportunities and environments for an array of learners.  

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  78. University of California, San Diego, Center for Brain and Cognition

    University of California, San Diego, Center for Brain and Cognition

    The Center for Brain and Cognition (CBC) at the University of California, San Diego, under the directorship of V.S. Ramachandran, conducts research on the neural basis of perception, cognition, language, attention and memory (also called cognitive neuroscience or behavioral neurology). An additional focus is on neuro-rehabilitation.  

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Academic Publications

For anyone who can understand dense, academic language, there are plenty of fascinating research papers and academic essays about neuroscience, cognitive studies, and the underpinnings of the biological systems that enable us to learn.

  1. Developmental Cognitive Neuroscience Open Access Journal

    DevelopmentalCognitiveNeuroscienceOpenAccessJournal

    This journal is for cognitive, affective and social developmental neuroscience. They publish theoretical and research papers on cognitive brain development.  

    • Connect on Twitter: @ELSneuroscience
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  3. Cognitive Neuroscience Blog

    Cognitive Neuroscience Blog

    Psychology Press Cognitive Neuroscience Blog publishes news and updates about featured products and notable authors who work in the area of neuroscience. Some of their products include cognitive learning textbooks, research methods, development psychology books, and more.  

    • Connect on Twitter: @psypress
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  5. Pedagogy and the Human Sciences

    Pedagogy and the Human Sciences

    Pedagogy and the Human Sciences peer-reviewed interactive online journal is a peer-reviewed interactive online journal devoted to the study of teaching and learning in psychology and related fields. Their goal is to promote reflection upon what it means to teach and learn in psychology and related fields.  

    • Connect on Twitter: @PedagogyHumSci
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  7. Cognitive Neuroscience Weekly

    Cognitive Neuroscience Weekly

    This blog is targeted to enthusiastic students, cognitive neuroscientists, and others interested in cognitive neuroscience and highlights some recently published findings of interest. It works to share important and inspiring findings about the brain-mind relationships.  

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  9. ERIC: Teacher Perceptions of NeuroEducation: A Mixed Methods Survey of Teachers in the United States

    ERIC: Teacher Perceptions of NeuroEducation: A Mixed Methods Survey of Teachers in the United States

    This article summarizes teacher perceptions of NeuroEducation. A survey was given to educators about this new development in education and it revealed that educators feel overwhelmingly positive and teachers in the United States are quite enthusiastic about the potential of NeuroEducation,  

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  11. Mind, Brain, and Education Journal

    Mind, Brain, and Education Journal

    This online scholarly journal is a great resource for any educator interested in how the science of the mind can be brought into the classroom. Some of their issues and articles are available for free online.  
     
     

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  13. Journal of Cognitive Neuroscience

    Journal of Cognitive Neuroscience

    Published by the MIT Press, the Journal of Cognitive Neuroscience is a peer-reviewed academic journal for scientific research on cognitive neuroscience and the interaction between brain and behavior. It aims for a cross-discipline approach, covering research in neuroscience, neuropsychology, cognitive psychology, neurobiology, linguistics, computer science and philosophy.  
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Brain & Learning Blogs

Many researchers and others interested in learning and the brain share their findings or general thoughts on the science of learning through blogs. Some are casual and easy to understand, and some are more dense, but all are worth a look.

     

  1. Brain PathWays Blog

    Brain PathWays Blog

    The Brain PathWays Blog is advanced, practical neuroscience application for daily living. It combines 20 years of research and experience from Stephen Hager and Deanna Phelps, two authors and scientists who have been working in neuroscience for decades. Hager and Phelps have recently launched another website, Neuidentity, geared towards using their combined knowledge of the brain to help others succeed in work, education, and life.  

    • Connect on Twitter: @neuidentity
  2. Neuronet Learning Research Blog

    Neuronet Learning Research Blog

    NeuroNet is a research-based learning readiness program designed to help students develop fluency in essential reading, math, and handwriting skills. They focus on the concepts of practice, evaluation, and independence as key skills in learning.  

    • Connect on Twitter: @neuronet
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  4. Brain Rules

    Brain Rules

    In Brain Rules, Dr. John Medina shares his lifelong interest in how the brain sciences might influence the way we teach our children. In each chapter, he describes a brain rule and what scientists know for sure about how our brains work and then offers transformative ideas for our daily lives.  

    • Connect on Twitter: @BrainRulesBooks
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  6. The Science of Learning Blog

    The Science of Learning Blog

    Scientific Learning applies proven research on how the brain learns to accelerate learning. Their blog focuses on research, educational skills, memory programs, brain development, and more.  

    • Connect on Twitter: @brainfitness
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  8. Brainscape Blog

    Brainscape Blog

    Brainscape is a web and mobile study platform that helps you learn things faster. Their blog also includes articles about managing stress, increasing memory, and more.  

    • Connect on Twitter: @Brainscape
  9. Brainblogger: Neuroscience

    Brainblogger: Neuroscience

    Brainblogger has a rich back catalogue of posts covering neuroscience and its implications for business, politics, and education. This is a great place to start for anyone looking for a casual read about neurscience in easily understood language.  

    • Connect on Twitter: @BrainBlogger
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  11. Daniel Willingham: Science And Education Blog

    Daniel Willingham: Science And Education Blog

    Daniel Willingham earned his B.A. from Duke University in 1983 and his Ph.D. in Cognitive Psychology from Harvard University in 1990. His research focuses on the brain, the basis of learning and memory application, as well as cognitive psychology and K-16 education.  

    • Connect on Twitter: @DTWillingham
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  13. R.A.D. by Judy Willis M.D., M.Ed.

    R.A.D. by Judy Willis M.D., M.Ed.

    This website features the insights, publications, and presentation schedules pertaining to parent and teacher strategies to ignite student learning. Dr. Judy Willis is a board-certified neurologist in Santa Barbara, California and combines her 15 years as a practicing adult and child neurologist with her teacher education training and years of classroom experience.  

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  15. BrainFacts

    BrainFacts

    BrainFacts is full of educator resources, brain basics, and information about diseases and disorders. It also offers accessible information about the function of neuroscience in society and how current research works to advance education and treatments.  

    • Connect on Twitter: @Brain_Facts_org
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  17. NeuroEducation

    NeuroEducation

    Neuroeducation in Spokane applies both psychological and educational strategies to overcome these educational and learning challenges. Counselors stay informed of the latest developments in neuroscience and use this information to overcome the many, varied challenges to academic and personal progress.  

    • Connect on Twitter: @NeuroedInc
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  19. The Whole Brain Blog

    The Whole Brain Blog

    The Whole Brain Techniques focus on adult learners to improve productivity, creativity, teamwork, sales and other business results. Herrmann International solutions include facilitated classroom workshops, interactive online programming, on-the-job resources and a variety of tools and services designed to optimize individual, team and organizational effectiveness.  

    • Connect on Twitter: @herrmannintl
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  21. Brains: A Group Blog on Topics of Philosophy & The Science of Mind

    Brains

    This site serves a grouping point for various blogs about philosophy and the science of mind. It’s a great resource for anyone looking for a good variety of sources and information in the area of neuroscience.  

    • Connect on Twitter: @philofbrains
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  23. Improve Your Learning and Memory.

    Improve Your Learning and Memory.

    This blog includes summaries of research reports that have practical application for everyday memory. It is written and maintained by a neuroscience researcher, author, and professor.  
     
     

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  25. NeuroLogica Blog: Education

    NeuroLogica Blog: Education

    Dr. Novella is an academic clinical neurologist at Yale University School of Medicine. The NeuroLogicaBlog covers news and issues in neuroscience, but also general science, scientific skepticism, philosophy of science, critical thinking, and the intersection of science with the media and society.  

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Organizations & Societies

Learning centers, neuroscience societies, and other organizations bring together the many, many people worldwide who have dedicated themselves to the advancement of the science of learning and all its facets.

  1. Society for Neuroscience

    Society for Neuroscience

    The Society for Neuroscience is the world’s largest organization of scientists and physicians devoted to understanding the brain and nervous system. Their members promote public information and general education about the nature, results, and implications of their research.  

    • Connect on Twitter: @SfNtweets
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  3. British Neuroscience Association

    British Neuroscience Association

    The British Neuroscience Association is the largest UK organization representing all aspects of neuroscience from many channels including whole animal behavior to neuroscience applications in the clinic. They aim to promote neuroscience research and advise on issues in neuroscience.  

    • Connect on Twitter: @BritishNeuro
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  5. The Neuroeducation Institute

    The Neuroeducation Institute

    The Neuroeducation Institute is a two-day opportunity for educators to come together to enhance their teaching through discoveries about the brain and the learning process. They provide educators with knowledge about brain function, memory and learning to equip educators with usable knowledge and practical strategies for the classroom.  

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  7. Pittsburgh Science of Learning Center for Robust Learning (PSLC)

    Pittsburgh Science of Learning Center for Robust Learning (PSLC)

    This center uses cognitive theory and computational modeling to identify the instructional conditions that cause excellent conditions for student learning. The researchers study learning by conducting in vivo experiments in math, science and language courses.  

    • Connect on Twitter: @learnlabslc
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  9. Brain Leaders and Learners

    Brain Leaders and Learners

    This site contains practical tactics for teachers derived from Neuro Discoveries written up by Dr. Ellen Weber. Some topics include how to decrease stress to increase learning as well as how things like play, reading, and discussions lead to increased learning and memory.  

    • Connect on Twitter: @ellenfweber
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  11. Centre for Educational Neuroscience

    Centre for Educational Neuroscience

    The Centre for Educational Neuroscience works to create resources and education for educators and scientists invested in brain education. They have seminars, conferences, textbooks, workshops and training for those interested in neuroscience methods for education.  

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  13. American Society for Training & Development: Brain-Based Learning Resources

    American Society for Training & Development: Brain-Based Learning Resources

    Brain-based learning theory focuses on creating an opportunity in which attainment, retention, recall, and use of information is maximized. This concept incorporates the latest research on the brain and encourages application of findings to training and educational learning environments.  

    • Connect on Twitter: @astd
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  15. Cognitive Science Society

    Cognitive Science Society

    The Cognitive Science Society, Inc. brings together researchers from many fields who hold a common goal: understanding the nature of the human mind. They promote scientific interchange among researchers in disciplines comprising the field of Cognitive Science, including Artificial Intelligence, Linguistics, Anthropology, Psychology, Neuroscience, Philosophy, and Education.  

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  17. Learning & the Brain

    Learning & the Brain

    Learning and the Brain provides educational conferences, symposiums and one-day professional development training seminars on the latest research in neuroscience and psychology and their potential applications to education. Teachers, school administrators, psychologists, and clinicians have been attending these conferences for more than a decade to hear from leading researchers.  

    • Connect on Twitter: @learningandtheb
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  19. Cognitive Neuroscience Society (CNS)

    Cognitive Neuroscience Society (CNS)

    The Cognitive Neuroscience Society is an international group of researchers devoted to “elucidating the biological underpinnings of mental processes.” The organization has a three-day annual conference to present a wide array of findings from neuroscientists all over the globe.  

    • Connect on Twitter: @CogNeuroNews
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  21. International Neuroethics Society

    International Neuroethics Society

    Neuroethics studies the social, legal, ethical and policy implications of advances in neuroscience. As more research is conducted on the brain, Neuroethics works to help the public understand the issues raised by this research and the powerful new tools being developed, including issues like privacy and safety.  

    • Connect on Twitter: @NeuroethicsInfo
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  23. Center for Learning in Informal and Formal Environments (LIFE)

    Center for Learning in Informal and Formal Environments (LIFE)

    IFE Center researchers represent a broad range of fields, including neurobiology, psychology, education, speech and hearing sciences, anthropology, and sociology and others. Their findings inform learning theories, influence educational practices, and affect technologies designed to enhance learning.  

    • Connect on Twitter: @slclifecenter
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  25. Spatial Intelligence and Learning Center (SILC)

    Spatial Intelligence and Learning Center (SILC)

    The Spatial Intelligence and Learning Center brings together scientists and educators from many different institutions for the goal of understanding spatial learning and using that understanding to transform education. SILC participants include researchers from cognitive science, psychology, computer science, education, and neuroscience.  

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  27. Brain, Neurosciences and Education

    Brain, Neurosciences and Education

    The mission of this organization is to promote an understanding of neuroscience research within the educational community. They encourage neuroscience research that has implications for educational practice and D85provide a forum for the issues and controversies within these fields.  

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  29. International Mind, Brain and Education Society (IMBES)

    International Mind, Brain and Education Society (IMBES)

    The mission of IMBES is to facilitate cross-cultural collaboration in biology, education and the cognitive and developmental sciences. They work to improve knowledge and create and develop resources for scientists, practitioners, public policy makers, and the public.  

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General Brain-based Learning Resources

Brain-based learning takes the knowledge we have now about how people learn, and integrates it into educational environments, both formal and informal, to start creating a new paradigm of how education is conducted. These types of resources, and many more, are available online, often for free, for anyone who is passionate about the science of learning.

     

  1. iBioEducation

    iBioEducation

    iBiology’s mission is to convey, in the form of open-access free videos, the excitement of modern biology and the process by which scientific discoveries are made. Their aim is to let you meet the leading scientists in biology, so that you can find out how they think about scientific questions and conduct their research, and can get a sense of their personalities, opinions and perspectives.  

    • Connect on Twitter: @ibiology
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  3. LearningRX Braintraining

    LearningRX Braintraining

    LearningRx is a successful nationwide network of brain training centers. They focus on changing a student’s underlying ability to learn and read and train and strengthen cognitive skills.  

    • Connect on Twitter: @LearningRx
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  5. Searching for the Mind: Neuronal Plasticity

    Searching for the Mind: Neuronal Plasticity

    Dr. Lieff is a specialist in the interface of psychiatry, neurology, and medicine. His blog focuses neuropsychiatry, neuroscience, psychopharmacology, geriatric psychiatry, and high technology in medicine.  

    • Connect on Twitter: @jonlieffmd
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  7. TeachThought: Neuroscience

    TeachThought: Neuroscience

    TeachThought is a great resource for teachers looking for information about common core, technology, and much more. They have a dedicated section to neuroscience and practical uses of how the science of learning can be applied in every classroom.  

    • Connect on Twitter: @TeachThought
  8. Midcourse Corrections: Neuroscience

    Midcourse Corrections: Neuroscience

    This organization focuses on improving conferences, meetings, training and education. They have several dedicated articles about neuroscience and how understanding how the brain receives and translates information can improve learning.  

    • Connect on Twitter: @JeffHurt
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  10. eLearn Magazine: Neuroscience

    elearnmagazine

    eLearn Magazine is a source for information and perspective about education and technology. They offer teachers research, case studies, best practice tips, and other ideas for a successful classroom.  

    • Connect on Twitter: @eLearnMag
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  12. InformED: Neuroeducation: 25 Findings Over 25 Years

    Developmental Cognitive Neuroscience Open Access Journal

    This site is full of useful articles on computer based learning. They also work to unearth the best study tips and trends in virtual education to collaborate with educators.  

    • Connect on Twitter: @inform_ed
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  14. Brain Study

    Brain Study

    Dana is a PhD in Psychology from the University of Cambridge. Her blog focuses on the connection between brains and bodies, and other discoveries in psychology and brain science.  

    • Connect on Twitter: @SmithDanaG
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  16. Brains.org

    Brains.org

    Dr. Kathie Nunley connects current psychological and neurological research to education. Her focus includes writing on the importance of sleep, play, and good nutrition for educational success.  

    • Connect on Twitter: @kathienunley
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  18. Learning on the Move

    Learning on the Move

    This blog includes ways in which physical educators can purposefully plan lessons in order to capitalize on how the brain learns best. There are many resources for teachers to use with the brain compatible learning method.  

    • Connect on Twitter: @learn0nthemove
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  20. Whole-Brain Living and Learning

    Whole-Brain Living and Learning

    Kathy Brown, M.Ed., is a Licensed Brain Gym Instructor and Consultant. Her most recent project has been the completion and launching of her book Educate Your Brain, through which she describes the basics of the Brain Gym program and how to create a healthy neural environment for learning.  

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  22. BrightBrain Learning

    BrightBrain Learning

    BrightBrain Learning works to apply enthusiastic and sound teaching to not only make learning easier, but also enjoyable. They tutor students for the SAT, ACT, and other academic courses.  
     
     

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  24. The Second Principle

    The Second Principle

    This blog focuses on holistic learning and concepts like emotional and multiple intelligences and brain-based education. The goal is to help educators teach to a child’s strengths and benefit them as lifelong learners.  
     
     

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  26. Neuroscience Education

    Neuroscience Education

    This site contains everything you’ve ever wanted to know about neuroscience at the intersection of education. It includes brain quotes, milestones in neuroscience education, tips for increasing memory, brain facts, books about neuroscience and much more.  

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  28. Brain-Targeted Teaching

    Brain-Targeted Teaching

    Brain-Targeted Teaching designates six “brain targets” for the teaching and learning process and describes brain research that supports each stage. Things like learning evaluations and establishing a positive emotional climate are important in this process.  

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  30. NIH Videocasting and Podcasting: Neuroscience Lectures

    NIH Videocasting and Podcasting: Neuroscience Lectures

    CIT broadcasts seminars, conferences and meetings to world-wide audiences over the Internet as a real-time streaming video. They have a collection of podcasts and lectures on neuroscience freely available in the archives.  

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  32. Brain Fitness Strategies

    Brain Fitness Strategies

    Brain Fitness helps people achieve their educational goals through the latest advances in neuromuscular brain development and individualized coaching programs. They assist those with ADD/ADHD, anxiety, or memory problems and anyone else needing academic support.  

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  34. Posit Science’s BrainHQ

    Posit Science’s BrainHQ

    BrainHQ is a place to exercise memory, attention, and more. It was built by a team of top neuroscientists, with exercises proven in dozens of published studies to create real and lasting improvements in brain function.  

    • Connect on Twitter: @PositScience
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  36. Jensen Learning’s Brainbased Learning Blog

    Jensen Learning's Brainbased Learning Blog

    Eric Jensen is a member of the prestigious invitation-only Society for Neuroscience and the New York Academy of Science. His blog is full of curriculum and other tools and resources for brain based teaching and learning.  

    • Connect on Twitter: @EricJensenBrain
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  38. Evidence Based Teacher Network

    Evidence Based Teacher Network

    The Evidence Based Teacher Network (EBTN) is an independent network of teachers who wish to use evidence-based methods in classrooms and training. The aim of this website is simply to give teachers access to the evidence-based material already published and available.  

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  40. ThInk

    ThInk

    ThInk is a blog about the brain, written by expert columnists from across the field of neuroscience and beyond. Its aim is to explore neuroscience in research, medicine, art and everyday life.  

    • Connect on Twitter: @wellcometrust
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  42. Inside the Brain

    Inside the Brain

    Inside the Brain is written by Professor William T. (Billy) O’Connor, an internationally recognized leader in both research and education in neuroscience. Billy’s interests encompass all aspects of brain research, including nerve circuitry in neurological and psychiatric disorders, such as Parkinson’s disease and schizophrenia. Other interests are the application of recent discoveries in neuroscience to more effective teaching and learning the brain science of learning.  

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  44. Brain Power Initiative

    BrainPower

    The Brain Power Initiative is led by leading researchers, institutions and industry partners to create positive changes in early childhood development, education and lifelong learning. Their initiative works to translate the findings of neuroscience into the creation of media, education and programs that directly influence how the brain develops.  

    • Connect on Twitter: @brain_info_kids
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  46. Big Ideas in Education: Neuro-Education

    Big Ideas in Education: Neuro-Education

    Deborah McCallum is an educator interested in neuro-education, technology, and learning. Some blog posts focus on how developments in neuroscience have improved outcomes for students with dyslexia, autism and other learning disabilities.  

    • Connect on Twitter: @Bigideasinedu
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  48. Talking about learning

    Talking about learning

    This is a blog written by Alma Dzib Goodin. She uses the site as a sort of personal notebook where she shares her neurocognitive approach of learning from a theoretical and sometimes applied perspective, with the overall goal to improve learning.  

    • Connect on Twitter: @AlmaDzibGoodin

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Editor’s Note: These sites are not being ranked or rated in comparison with each other, as they cover a great deal of territory across many categories. The numerical listing for each site is there to make the article simpler to navigate and reference.