Seventh International School On Mind, Brain And Education

2012 July 30 - August 4

Teaching: A New Frontier
of the Neurocognitive
Sciences, Education
and Culture

Directors: Antonio M. Battro and Kurt W. Fischer
Program officer: María Lourdes Majdalani


Abstract: Katsumi Watanabe
Research Center for Advanced Science and Technology RCAST, Tokyo University. JAPAN

Measuring cognitive performances and its relation to educational practices: Toward interdisciplinary collaborations between basic research and applied fields
The increasing interests in implications of neurocognitive sciences on theoretical and practical fields of education have been calling for closer collaborations between basic research and applied fields. In this talk, I will introduce several studies toward possible interactions between experimental research and practical fields of education. Visual working memory enables active maintenance of visual information and therefore is one of the primary functions in the classroom. I will discuss how visual working memory develops and becomes distractor-proof in elementary school children and their relations to academic performances in the classroom. In addition, the present talk will include other studies on, for example, learning efficacy of visuomotor sequence and measuring brain activity in children. Possible implications on pedagogy and practice in education will also be discussed.