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science + education: brain-to-brain synchronization in the classroom
project collaborators: david poeppel, mingzhou ding, lu wang, lisa kaggen, soha ashrafi, ido davidesco, michael rabadi, shaista dhanesar, students and teachers of Trevor Day School

We are working with Trevor Day School in New York City to investigate the factors that drive brain-to-brain synchronization during teacher-student interactions, with potential implications for educational practice and academic/interactive intervention. High school students are involved in the design and execution of this research project, and participate as experimental subjects throughout the 2014-2015 school year. Concurrently, a team of NYU psychologists and neuroscientists will provide neuroscience education to the students.

Funded through the National Science Foundation INSPIRE program

science + art: mutual brainwaves projects >>
project collaborators: matthias oostrik, marina abramovic, diederik schoorl, and many others.

This series of interactive brain installations explores the interface of performance art and neuroscience in an effort to understand the brain basis of human social interaction. These experiments are executed outside of traditional laboratory settings, such as schools and museums (e.g. the American Museum of Natural History, the Garage Center for Contemporary Culture, Eye Institute Amsterdam).

Funded through the Creative Industries Fund NL

science: brain-to-brain synchronization and predictive language processing
project collaborators: jos van berkum, david poeppel, and many others.

Language is one of the primary modes of human interaction, an invaluable tool to communicate our individual belief systems, experiences, and expectations. Yet we know little to nothing about the brain basis of communication: Does a positive communicative experience through a shared linguistic code make our brainwaves oscillate in synchrony? Which factors affect such alignment? Do people with shared expectations or beliefs share more brain activity? This research builds on prior research showing how predictive language processing facilitates early sensory processing.

Funded through the Netherlands Organisation for Scientific Research Veni Innovation Scheme

education: sackler brain bench, american museum of natural history

As the Brain Educator at the American Museum of Natural History, I co-curate the Sackler Brain Bench adult educational program. We offer four courses per year, open to the general public, each covering a specific topic in relation to human neuroscience. Past courses have covered the neuroscience of sports, language, poison, attention and sleep, brain myths, development, and many others.

Funded by the Mortimer D. Sackler Family Foundation

Last Modified September 2014