Neuromyth busting

Neuroscience can shed light on how children and adults learn.

Images of the brain

Credit: Heidi Cartwright, Wellcome Images

Images of the brain

But ‘neuromyths’ – common misconceptions about how the brain functions – can lead educators to:

  • accept teaching techniques that aren’t supported by scientific evidence
  • use teaching practices which have a basis in neuroscience but haven’t been tested in an education setting.

Through our Institutional Strategic Support Fund, we funded the Centre for Educational Neuroscience to look at which ‘facts’ about the brain we can trust.

These include the effects that exercise, diet, sleep, gender and digital media have on children’s learning.