The Science of Learning: Methods and Evidence

David Kraemer, Dartmouth College

Friday, October 18, 2013, 3:30pm

Spanos Auditorium

This seminar is part of the Jones Seminars on Science, Technology, and Society series.

There is still much to learn about how we learn. In recent years, a new “science of learning” has emerged from the convergence of the fields of education, psychology, and cognitive neuroscience. This nascent discipline draws from the knowledge and methods of each field with the aim of understanding the human process of learning at both a basic and an applied level. But what have we learned so far from research on educational policies, classroom practices, lab studies, and neuroimaging investigations? And what can we hope to learn as the field moves forward? I will provide an overview of how these research methods operate at various levels of analysis (e.g., policies, classrooms, and brains), as well as some examples of important findings that already have applications to students today.

About the Speaker

David Kraemer received his undergraduate degree in Psychology from Tufts University in 2002. He received his Ph.D. in Cognitive Neuroscience from Dartmouth's Psychological and Brain Sciences Department in 2007. Subsequently he was a post-doctoral fellow at the University of Pennsylvania's Center for Cognitive Neuroscience before returning to Dartmouth as an assistant professor in the Department of Education in 2012. The focus of the department is on research in the fields of education, psychology, and neuroscience that informs our understanding of how students learn. David's work has focused on the neural representation of knowledge, in particular examining how domain-specific brain regions such as visual cortex, auditory cortex, and motor planning areas support the retrieval of conceptual knowledge and imagery, and how this retrieval process varies for different individuals.