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Trends Cogn Sci. 2006 Apr;10(4):146-51. Epub 2006 Mar 10.

Bridges over troubled waters: education and cognitive neuroscience.

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Dartmouth College, Department of Education, HB 6103, Hanover, New Hampshire 03755, USA.


Recently there has been growing interest in and debate about the relation between cognitive neuroscience and education. Our goal is to advance the debate beyond both recitation of potentially education-related cognitive neuroscience findings and the claim that a bridge between fields is chimerical. In an attempt to begin a dialogue about mechanisms among students, educators, researchers and practitioner-scientists, we propose that multiple bridges can be built to make connections between education and cognitive neuroscience, including teacher training, researcher training and collaboration. These bridges--concrete mechanisms that can advance the study of mind, brain and education--will benefit both educators and cognitive neuroscientists, who will gain new perspectives for posing and answering crucial questions about the learning brain.

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