Neuroscience Research in the Classroom: Portable Brain Technologies in Education Research

Ido Davidesco, Camillia Matuk, Dana Bevilacqua, David Poeppel, Suzanne Dikker

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Abstract

Cognitive neuroscience research is typically conducted in controlled laboratory environments and therefore its contribution to our understanding of learning in real-world environments is limited. In recent years, however, portable and wearable brain devices have become more readily available for classroom-based research. Complementing existing education research methods, these emerging technologies could provide information about learning processes that might not be reflected in classroom observations or learners’ self-reports. This essay critically evaluates the value added by portable brain technologies in education research and outlines a proposed research agenda, centered around questions related to student engagement, cognitive load, and self-regulation. We also address ethical concerns regarding student privacy and the potential misuse of students’ brain data.

Original languageEnglish (US)
JournalEducational Researcher
DOIs
StateAccepted/In press - 2021

Keywords

  • cognition
  • interdisciplinary teaching and research
  • neuroscience
  • psychology
  • research methodology
  • technology

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Education

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