Speaking at the Girls’ School Association (GSA) annual conference in Manchester on the 20th November ’17, Professor Bruce Hood (Developmental Psychology, University of Bristol) has stated that scientists are only just beginning to understand the brain and that nothing can be said about how research in neuroscience might impact on education. “There is no one discovery from brain science that changes the way education works”
He also stated that “There has been a real explosion of interest in neuroscience. There has also been a corresponding increase of neuro-nonsense, neuro-myths or neuro-bollocks.”
“We don’t really know anything yet” he said, stating that scientists are only just beginning to understand the brain and how it works. He suggested that neuroscience can’t add anything meaningful to something “as complex as education…Teachers want to improve but they are being fed a diet of misconceptions and neuroscience nonsense.”
What are your thoughts about neuroscience and education? Has any research in neuroscience impacting on your work with children and young people?