Readings: Cognitive studies meet education





  • Ajchenbaum-Boffety, B., Léna, P. (eds.) (2008). Education, sciences cognitives et neurosciences. Quelques réflexions sur l'acte d'apprendre. Ed. PUF
  • Battro, A., Fischer, K., Léna, P. (2008). The educated brain : essays in neuroeducation. Cambridge, MA: The MIT Press
  • Bransford, J.D., Brown, A.L., Cocking, R.R. (Eds.) (2000). How people learn: brain, mind, experience, and school. Washington, DC: National Academy Press.
  • Bruer, J. (1993). Schools for thought. Cambridge, MA: MIT Press.
  • Carlson, S., Levin, J. (2007) Educating the evolved mind. International Age Publishing.
  • Della Sala, S. and Anderson, M. (2013). Neuroscience in education. The good, the bad and the ugly. Oxford: Oxford University Press.
  • Fischer, K.,  Katzir, T. (2004). Building Usable Knowledge in Mind, Brain, and Education. Cambridge University Press.
  • Frith, U., Blackemore, S-J. (2005). The learning brain. Wiley-Blackwell.
  • Geake, J. (2009). The brain at school. Open University Press.
  • Gentaz, E., Dessus, P. (2004). Comprendre les apprentissages: sciences cognitives et education. Dunod.
  • Gentaz, E., Dessus, P. (2004). Apprentissages et enseignement. Dunod.
  • James, W. (1925). Talks to teachers on psychology., New York: Henry Holt and Company.
  • Houdé, O. (2006). 10 leçons de psychologie et pédagogie. PUF.
  • Howard-Jones, P. (2009). Introducing neuroeducational research: neuroscience, education and the brain from contexts to practice. London: Routledge.
  • Jossey-Bass Publishers (2007). The Jossey-Bass reader on the brain and learning. Wiley.
  • Sawyer, R.K. (ed.) (2006). Cambridge Handbook of the Learning Sciences. Cambridge University Press.
  • Willingham, D. (2010). Pourquoi les enfants n'aiment pas l'école. Librairie des écoles.
  • Science, Special issue Grand challenges in science education, 19/4/2013, 340, 6130, 237-396.
  • Science, Special issue Investing early in education, 19/8/2011, 333, 6045, 909-1056.
  • Science, Special issue Education and technology, 2/1/2009, 323, 5910, 1-174.

  • CERI-OECD (2002). Understanding the brain: Towards a new learning science. Paris : OECD.
  • CERI-OECD (2007). Understanding the brain: The birth of a learning science. Paris : OECD.
  • Dana Foundation (2008). Neuroeducation. Learning, arts, and the brain. 
  • Howard-Jones, P. (2014). Neuroscience and education. A review of educational interventions and approaches informed by neuroscience. Education Endowment Foundation.
  • Howard-Jones, P., Pickering, S., Diack, A (2007). Perception of the role of neuroscience in education. Summary Report for the DfES Innovation Unit.
  • Royal Society  (2011). Neuroscience : Implications for education and life-long learning. 
  • TLRP (2000). The implications of recent developments in neuroscience for research on teaching and learning. 
  • TLRP (2008). Neuroscience and education: Issues and opportinunities.
  • Sciences cognitives et éducation - Les grands principes de l'apprentissage. Colloque du Ministère de l'éducation et du Collège de France (2012).

  • Bruer, J. (1997). A bridge too far. Educational Researcher, 4-16.
  • De Corte, E. (2010). Historical developments in the understanding of learning,  in H. Dumont et al. (eds.), The Nature of Learning: Using Research to Inspire Practice, OECD Publishing.
  • Dubinski, J.M. (2010). Neuroscience Education for Prekindergarten-12 Teachers, Journal of Neuroscience, 30, 24, 8057-8060.
  • Dunlosky, J.D., Rawson, K.A., Marsh, E.J., Nathan, M.J., Willingham, D.T. (2013). Improving Students’ Learning With Effective Learning Techniques: Promising Directions From Cognitive and Educational Psychology. Psychological science in the public interest, 14, 1, 4-58.
  • Fischer, K. (2009). Mind, Brain, and Education: Building a scientific groundwork for learning and teaching. Mind, Brain, and Education, 3, 1, 3-16.
  • Fischer, K., Daniel, D.B., Immordino-Yang, M.E., Stern, E., Battro, A., Koizumi, H. (2007). Why Mind, Brain, and Education? Why now? Mind, Brain, and Education, 1, 1, 1-2. 
  • Fischer, K. W., Goswami, U., Geake, J. and the Task Force on the Future of Educational Neuroscience (2010). The Future of Educational Neuroscience, Mind, Brain and Education, 4, 2, 68-80.
  • Geary, D. C. (2008). An evolutionarily informed education science. Educational Psychologist, 43, 279-295.[2008a%20Ed%20Psych].
  • Geary, D. C. (2008). Whither Evolutionarily Educational Psychology? Educational Psychologist43, 217-226.[2008b%20Ed%20Psych].pdf
  • Geary, D. C. (2002). Principles of evolutionary educational psychology. Learning and Individual Differences, 12, 317-345.
  • Goswami, U. (2006). Neuroscience and education: from research to practice? Nature Reviews Neuroscience, 7, 406-413.
  • Hinton, C. and Fischer, K. W. (2008). Research schools: Grounding research in educational practice. Mind, Brain, and Education, 2 (4), 157-160.
  • Hirsh-Pasek, K., Bruer, J. (2007). The Brain/Education Barrier. Science317, 1293.
  • Immordino-Yang, M.H. (2011). Implications of Affective and Social Neuroscience for Educational Theory. Educational Philosophy and Theory, 42, 1, 98-103. 
  • Hruby, G.G. (2012). Three requirements for justifying an educational neuroscience, British Journal of Educational Psychology, 82, 1–23.
  • Marchese, T.J. (1997) The new conversations about learning: Insights from neuroscience and anthropology, cognitive science and work-place studies. Assessing impact: Evidence and action
  • Meltzoff, A.N., Kuhl, P.K., Movellan, J., Sejnowski, T.J. (2009). Foundations for a new science of learning,  Science,  325, 284–288.
  • Pasquinelli, E. (2011). Knowledge and evidence based education; reasons, trends and contents. Mind, Brain, and Education, 5, 4, 186-195. 
  • Pasquinelli, E. (2013). Slippery slopes. Some considerations for favoring a good marriage between education and the science of the mind–brain–behavior, and forestalling the risks.  Trends in neuroscience and education, 2, 34, 111 -121.
  • Pasquinelli, E. (2013). Education Needs Science: Is Medicine a Suitable Source of Inspiration? In J.B. Laewen: Capacity Building and Development: Perspectives, Opportunities and Challenges. Nova Publishers.
  • Sawyer R.K. (2008). Optimising Learning: Implications of Learning Sciences Research. OECD-CERI
  • Schön, D. (1987) Educating The Reflective Practitioner, American Educational Research Association, Washington, DC
  • Slezak, P. (2007) Is Cognitive Science Relevant to Teaching? Journal of Cognitive Science (2007) vol. 8 (2) pp. 171-207
  • Willingham, D. (2008). When and How Neuroscience Applies to Education, Phi Delta Kappan, 89, 06, 421-423. 
  • Willingham, D. (2009). Three problems in the marriage of neuroscience and education. Cortex (Elsevier Science) 45 (4): 544–545.
More on Education and Cognitive neuroscience
  • Farah, M.J (2010).  Mind, brain and education in socioeconomic context.  In M. Ferarri and L. Vuletic (Eds.) The Developmental Interplay of Mind, Brain and Education.  Springer.
  • Petitto, L. A., Dunbar, K. (2004). New findings from educational neuroscience on bilingual brains, scientific brains, and the educated mind. In Fischer, K.,  Katzir, T.: Building Usable Knowledge in Mind, Brain, and Education. Cambridge University Press.
More on Education and Cognitive science
  • Anderson, J. R., Greeno, J. G., Reder, L. M., Simon, H. A. (2000). Perspectives on learning, thinking, and activity. Educational Researcher, 29(4), 11-13.
  • Anderson, J.R., Reder, L.M., Simon, H.A. (1996). Situated learning and education. Educational Researcher, 25 (4), 5-11.
  • Brown, J. S., Collins, A.  Duguid, S. (1989). Situated cognition and the culture of learningEducational Researcher, 18, 1,  32–42.
  • Li, J., Klahr, D. (2006). The Psychology of Scientific Thinking:Implications for Science Teaching and Learning. In J. Rhoton & P. Shane (Eds.) Teaching Science in the 21st Century. National Science Teachers Association and National Science Education Leadership Association: NSTA Press.
  • Simon, H. (2000). Observations on the science of sciences learning. Journal of Applied Developmental Psychology 21, 1: 115–121.
  • Strauss, S. (1998). Cognitive development and science education: Toward a middle level model. In I. E. Sigel,  A. Renninger (Vol. Eds), Child psychology in practice, Vol 4 (pp. 357-399). W. Damon (Gen. Ed.), Handbook of child psychology (5th Ed.). New York: John Wiley & Sons.
  • The cognition and technology group at Vanderbilt (1990). Anchored instruction and its relationship to situated cognition. Educational researcher, 19, 6, 2-10.
  • Cognition and Technology Group at Vanderbilt. (1993). Anchored instruction and situated cognition revisited. Educational Technology, 52-70.
More on Education and Psychology
  • Nolen, A. (2009). The Content of Educational Psychology: an Analysis of Top Ranked Journals from 2003 Through 2007. Educational Psychology Review, 21, 279-289.
  • Skinner, B.F. (1958). Teaching machines. Science, 128, 969-977.
  • Thorndike, E. (1910). The contribution of psychology to education. The Journal of educational psychology, 1, 5-12.
  • Watson, J.B. (1913). Psychology as the behaviorist views it. Psychological Review, 20, 158-17.
More on Education and Evolutionary psychology
  • See David Geary's publications
  • See The Evolution Institute: Education
  • Wilson, D.S.,  Teaching evolution and using evolution to teach. Education week, December 2011.
  • Wilson, D.S., Kauffman, R.A., Purdy, M.S.  (2011). A Program for At-Risk High School Students Informed by Evolutionary Science. PLOS ONE, 6(11): e27826. doi:10.1371/journal.pone.0027826.
(NOTE: David Sloan Wilson defends a controversial view in evolutionary biology: group selection. PLease be aware of this while reading. He directs the Evolution Institute)
More on Education


  • Andler, D. (ed.) (2004). Introduction aux sciences cognitives. Paris: Gallimard
  • Bechtel, W. et al. (Ed.) (1999). A companion to cognitive science. Blackwell Companions to philosophy. Malden, MA: Blackwell publishers. 
  • Brooks R. (1991). Intelligence without representation, Artificial Intelligence 47 (1-3): 139–159
  • Chomsky, N. (1967). A review of B.F. Skinner Verbal Behavior, in: L. Jakobovits & M. Myron, Readings in the psychology of language, Prentice-Hall.
  • Dehaene, S. (2007). Vers une science de la vie mentale. Fayard.
  • Hutchins E. (1995). How A Cockpit Remembers its Speeds. Cognitive Science, 19, 265-288.
  • Miller, G.A. (1956). The Magical Number Seven, Plus or Minus Two: Some Limits on Our Capacity for Processing Information. The Psychological Review 63,  2: 81-97.
  • Newell, A., Shaw, J. C., and Simon, H. A. (1958) Elements of a Theory of Human Problem Solving. Psychological Review 23: 342-343.
  • Pinker, S. (2002). The Blank Slate. The Modern Denial of Human Nature. New York. Viking Penguin.
  • Pinker, S. (2006). The Blank Slate. General Psychologist, 41(1), 1-8.
  • Thagard, P. (2005). Mind: Introduction to cognitive science. Cambridge, MA: MIT Press.

The evolutionary psychology debate: few readings

  • Barkow, J.H., Cosmides, L., Tooby, J. (1992). The Adapted Mind: Evolutionary Psychology and the Generation of Culture. New York, NY: Oxford University Press.
  • Daly, M., Wilson, M.I. (1999). Human evolutionary psychology and human behavior. Animal behavior, 57, 509-519.
  • See also: Pinker (2002, 2006).
  • Panksepp, J., Panksepp, J.B. (2000). The seven sins of evolutionary psychology. Evolution and cognition, 6, 2, 108-131.


  •  Evans I, Thornton H, Chalmers I, Glasziou P. (2011). Testing Treatments: Better Research for Better Healthcare. 2nd edition. London: Pinter & Martin.
  • Gary, T., Pring, R. (eds), 2004, Evidence based practice in Education, Maidenhead: Open University Press.
  • Wehling, U. (2010). Principles of translational science in medicine, Cambridge: MIT Press.

  • Alberts, B. (2010). Policy-making needs science. Science, 330, 6009, 1287.
  • Biesta,  G. (2007). Why ‘‘what works’’ won’t work: evidence-based practice and the democratic deficit in educational research. Educational Theory, 57, 1-22.
  • Cartwright, N. (2012). Evidence-based policy. Oxford University press. Clement, J. (1982). Students' preconceptions in 
introductory mechanics. The American Journal of Physics, 
50, 1, 66-71.
  •  Cartwright, N. (2009). Evidence-Based Policy: Where is our Theory of Evidence? Journal of Children's Services (special edition), 4, 4, 6-14. 
  • Cartwright, N. (2011). A Philosopher's View of the Long Road from RCTs to Effectiveness. The Lancet, 377, 1400-1401.
  • Davis, D.A., Taylor-Vaisey, A. (1997). Translating guidelines into practice. A systematic review of theoretic concepts, practical experience and research evidence in the adoption of clinical practice guidelines. CMAJ, 157, 4, 408-16.
  • Dearing, J.W. (2006). Accelerating the Diffusion of Evidence-Based Policies and Practices, Internal Policy Document, John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation
  • Dede, C., Dearing, J.W., Boisvert, D., McNeel, D., and Lesiecki, M. (2008). If You Build It, Will They Come?  Achieving Scale in the Diffusion of Innovations in Education, Leadership Abstracts; League for Innovation online. 
  • Goldacre, B. (2013). Building evidence into education. Bad Science. 
  • Gough D (2007) Giving voice: evidence-informed policy and practice as a democratizing process. In M Reiss, R DePalma and E Atkinson (Eds) "Marginality and Difference In Education and Beyond." London: Trentham Books.
  • Hamersley, M. (2005). Is the Evidence-Based practice movement doing more good than harm? Evidence and Policy, 1, 1.
  • Lenfant, C. (2003). Clinical Research to Clinical Practice: Lost in Translation? New England Journal of Medicine, 349, 868-874.
  • McCaughey, D. and Bruning, N.S. (2010). Rationality versus Reality: The Challenges of Evidence-Based Decision Making for Health Policy Makers. Implementation Science 5:39.
  • Oakley A, Gough D, Oliver S, Thomas J. The politics of evidence and methodology: lessons from the EPPI-Centre. Evidence & Policy: A Journal of Research, Debate and Practice 2005, 1 (1) 5 – 31.
  • OCEBM (2001). Levels of evidence system.
  • Oxman, A.D., Thomson, M.A, Davis, D.A., Haynes, R.B., No Magic Bullets: A Systematic Review of 102 Trials of Interventions to Improve Professional Practice. CMAJ, 15,153, 10, 1423-31.
  •  Pasquinelli, E. (2011). Knowledge and evidence based education; reasons, trends and contents. Mind, Brain, and Education, 5, 4, 186-195.
  • Sackett DL, Rosenberg WM, Gray JA, Haynes RB, Richardson WS. (1996). Evidence based medicine: what it is and what it isn't. BMJ, 13, 312, 7023, 71- 72.
  • Slavin, R. (2008). Perspectives in evidence-based research in education, Educational Researcher, 37, 1, 5-14. 
  • Slavin, R.E. (2002). Evidence-Based Education Policies: Transforming Educational Practice and Research, Educational researcher, 31, 7, 15-21.
  • Slavin, R.E. (2008). Evidence-Based Reform in Education: What Will It Take? European Educational Research Journal, 7, 1, 124-128.

Use of statistical correlations in educational research
  • Carlson, D. et al. (2011). A Multistate District-Level Cluster Randomized Trial of the impact of data-driven reform on reading and mathematic achievement, Educational Evaluation and Policy Analysis, 33(3).
  • Chetty, R. et al. (2011).    How Does Your Kindergarten Classroom Affect Your Earnings? Evidence from Project STAR. Quarterly Journal of Economics, 126, 4, 1593-1660.
  • Piketty, TH, Valdenaire, M. (2006). L’impact de la taille des classes sur la réussite scolaire dans les écoles collèges et lycées français, DEF 173.
  • Halpern, D.F., Eliot, L., Bigler, R.S., Fabes, R.A., Hanish, L.D., Hyde, J., Liben, L.S., Martin, C. L. (2011). The Pseudoscience of Single-Sex Schooling. Science333, 6050, 1706.
  • Sullivan, A., Joshi, H. and Leonard, D. (2008). Single-sex Schooling and Academic Attainment at School and through the Lifecourse. American Educational Research Journal, 47, 1, 6-36.

Translational Research
  • Brabeck, M. (2008). Why we need Translational Research: Putting Clinical Findings to Work in the Classroom,  Education Week, May 21, 2008
  • Fleming, E. S., et al. (2008). The role of translational research in addressing health disparities: a conceptual framework, Ethnicity & disease, 18, 2, 155-60.
  • Green, L.,  Seifert, C. M. (2005). Translation of research into practice: Why we can’t “Just do it.” Journal of the American Board of Family Practice, 18, 6, 541–545.
  • Lean, M.E.J., Mann, J.I., Hoek, J.A., Elliot, R.M. and Schofield, G. (2008). Translational Research: from evidence-based medicine to sustainable solutions for public health problems. British Medical Journal, 337, a863
  • Mankoff, S.P., Brander, C., Ferrone, S., Marincola, F.M. (2004), Lost in Translation: Obstacles to Translational Medicine, Journal of Translational Medicine, 18, 2, 1-14.
  • Marincola, F.M. (2004). Translational Medicine: A Two Way Road, Journal of Translational Medicine, 24, 1, 1.
Mechanisms that explain difficulties in translation
  • Feufel, M.A., Antes, G., Steurer, J., Gigerenzer, G., Muir Gray, J. A.M., Makela, M., Mulley, A.G. Jr., Nelson, D.E., Schulkin, J., Schünemann, H., Wennberg, J.E.  and Wild, C. (2011). What is needed for better health care: Better systems, better patients or both? In G. Gigerenzer and J. A. Muir Gray (eds.), Better Doctors, Better Patients, Better Decisions: Envisioning Health Care 2020, 117–134. Cambridge, MA.: MIT Press.
  • Gigerenzer, G., Gaissmaier, W., Kurz-Milcke, E., Schwartz, L. M., & Woloshin, S. (2007). Helping doctors and patients make sense of health statistics. Psychological Science in the Public Interest8, 53-96.
  • Gigerenzer, G., Wegwarth, O.,Feufel, M. (2010). Misleading communication of risk. BMJ, 341, 4830, 791-792.Gilovich, T., Griffin, D., Kahnemann, K. (2002). Heuristics and Biases: The Psychology of Intuitive Judgment. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press.

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