Speakers

Dr. Johnmarshall Reeve

Professor, Department of Education, Korea University, Seoul, South Korea.

Title: Neuroscience of intrinsic motivation

Dr. Johnmarshall Reeve biography

Johnmarshall Reeve is a Professor in the Department of Education at Korea University in Seoul, South Korea (since September 2009). Professor Reeve’s research interests are rooted in self-determination theory and focus primarily on teachers’ motivating styles, students’ motivation and agentic engagement during learning activities, and the neuroscience of intrinsic motivation. He has visited 13 countries to deliver a teacher-focused workshop on developing a more autonomy-supportive motivating style. For this work, he received research excellence awards from the FINE (First in the Nation in Education) Foundation, Korea University, and NASPSP (North American Society for the Psychology of Sport and Physical Activity). He has published 72 articles in peer-reviewed journals such as the Journal of Educational Psychology, 23 book chapters, and 4 books, including Understanding Motivation and Emotion, 7th edition. Prof. Reeve was past Editor-in-Chief of the journal Motivation and Emotion (2011-2017).
Dr. Paavo H.T. Leppänen

Vice Dean of Faculty of Education and Psychology

Department of Psychology & Jyväskylä Centre for Interdisciplinary Brain Research (CIBR), University of Jyväskylä, Finland.

Title: Neurocognitive risk factors for developmental dyslexia

Dr. Paavo H.T. Leppänen biography

Paavo H.T. Leppänen is Vice-Dean (research) of the Faculty of Education and Psychology. He works as professor of psychology and dyslexia research at the Department of Psychology at University of Jyväskylä (JYU) and is the head of the EEG and behavioral cognitive psychology laboratories of Department of Psychology (JYU). He has long experience in the research of learning disorders, especially reading and reading difficulties and related cognitive risk factors using both brain event-related potential (ERP) and behavioral research methods with infant, child and adult populations. He currently conducts and directs research in the field of developmental cognitive neuroscience using MEG and EEG techniques, and those combined with eye-tracking methodology. His current research themes include digital and Internet reading (with web-based, behavioral, eye-tracking and brain response measures), dyslexia, language difficulties, and problems in foreign/ second language learning, their risk factors and neurocognitive processes of reading.
Dr. Sidarta Ribeiro

Director, Brain Institute, Federal University of Rio Grande do Norte, Brazil.

Title: Towards Ecological Schooling: A Focus on Sleep, Nutrition, and Exercise

Dr. Sidarta Ribeiro biography

Sidarta Ribeiro is Full Professor of Neuroscience and Vice-Director of the Brain Institute at the Federal University of Rio Grande do Norte. He holds a Bachelor's degree in Biology from the University of Brasilia (1993), a Master's degree in Biophysics from the Federal University of Rio de Janeiro (1994) and a Ph.D. in Animal Behavior from the Rockefeller University (2000), with post-doctoral studies in Neurophysiology at Duke University (2005). Has experience in neuroethology, molecular neurobiology, and systems neurophysiology, with research on the following subjects: memory, sleep, and dreams; neuronal plasticity; vocal communication; symbolic competence in non-human animals; and biology-inspired education. Former Secretary of the Brazilian Society for Neuroscience and Behavior and Chair of the Brazilian Regional Committee of the Pew Latin American Fellows Program in the Biomedical Sciences. Current member of the Steering Committee of the Latin American School for Education, Cognitive and Neural Sciences (LA School).
Dr. Geoff Bird

Dept of Experimental Psychology, University of Oxford, and the Social, Genetic, and Developmental Psychiatry Centre, King's College London, United Kingdom.

Title: The contribution of alexithymia to the symptoms of autism: Implications for education.

Dr. Geoff Bird biography

Geoff Bird: My PhD work (which was supervised by Professor Cecilia Heyes at UCL), was on how imitate others. After this I worked with Professors Chris and Uta Frith on Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD). While at UCL I also looked at the development of theory of mind and social emotions across adolescence with Professor Sarah-Jayne Blakemore. From October 2007 I took a year's position as an advisor on science policy to the UK government before joining the Department of Psychological Sciences at Birkbeck in October 2008. I moved to King’s College London in 2013 where I continued to work on ASD and Alexithymia (a condition characterised by an inability to identify and describe one's own emotions) and interoception (the perception of the state of the body). I continued this work at the Dept of Experimental Psychology at the University of Oxford from 2017.
Dr. Akaysha Tang

Director, the Laboratory of Neuroscience for Education,Faculty of Education, University of Hong Kong.

Title: Imaging the learning brain: From the laboratory to natural environment

Dr. Akaysha Tang biography

Akaysha Tang is the founding Director of the Laboratory of Neuroscience (NfE Lab) for Education at the University of Hong Kong. She earned her first B.S. in Computer Science from Peking University and a second B.S. in Experimental Psychology from Grinnell College. She received her PhD in psychology from Harvard University and did her postdoctoral work in the Computational Neurobiology Laboratory of the Salk Institute for Biological Studies. Prior to joining HKU, Tang served as the Program Director for two programs of the National Science Foundation, US and concurrently a tenured associative professor at the University of New Mexico, where she founded and directed both an animal research lab as well as a human high-density EEG source imaging lab to support animal and human research. Tang takes the approach of trans-disciplinary and multilevel analysis in her investigation of problems in cognitive neuroscience using a wide range of research techniques. Her recent work deals with (a) enhancement of cognitive, social, emotional, and neural development in animal models and its translation to human development with focus on the role of early experience of stress; (b) development of high-density EEG based neural source imaging methods using recent signal processing tools with a focus on providing enabling tools for studying brain functions in children, elderly individuals, and patient populations in the real world context. Her work has been published in Proc. Nat. Acad. Sci.,Biol. Psychiatry, Cerebral Cortex,Front.Neuroendocrinology,J. Neurosci, Hippocampus, NIPS, Neural Computation, etc. The NfE Lab’s mission is to leverage cutting neuroscience findings and neurotechnology to enhance learning, improve teaching, and inform policy making.
Dr. Grégoire Borst

Head of the Laboratory for the study of child development and education, Université Paris Descartes, Paris, France.

Title: Cognitive control as a domain-general mechanism of school learning and development: Behavioral and neuroimaging evidence.

Dr. Grégoire Borst biography

Gregoire Borst is a full Professor of developmental psychology and cognitive neuroscience of education at the University Paris Descartes. He is the adjunct director of the Laboratory for the study of Child Development and Education (CNRS) and a junior member of the Institut Universitaire de France. He obtained is PhD in 2004 and was then a postdoctoral fellow at Harvard University from 2006 to 2010 before being hired as an associate Professor in the University Paris Descartes in 2010. He has published more than 60 scientific papers, 5 books including one for kids to explain how their brain works.
Dr. Betsy Ng

Research Scientist, National Institute of Education, Nanyang Technological University, Singapore.

Title: Motivation in educational neuroscience perspective: Applications and challenges

Dr. Betsy Ng biography

Betsy Ng is an academic staff with National Institute of Education, has been actively involved in education research since 2009. Having a strong interest in education, Betsy has an extensive working experience as an education specialist, polytechnic lecturer, science editor, and educator in a range of educational settings. To date, she has over 30 peer-reviewed articles and conference paper presentations. Her areas of expertise include motivation and lifelong learning. She has strong research interest in educational psychology and educational neuroscience. She is currently involved in several projects as a principal investigator and co-investigator, with a total grant funding of over $600,000.
Dr. Jennifer Cook

School of Psychology, University of Birmingham, United Kingdom.

Title: Bodily movement, social cognition and autism

Dr. Jennifer Cook biography

Jennifer Cook’s work investigates individual differences in socio-cognitive abilities and how these relate to the way that people move their bodies to express themselves. Her work in this field began at University College London (2007-2011) where she completed a Wellcome Trust-funded PhD in Neuroscience under supervision of Professor Sarah-Jayne Blakemore. In 2014 she was awarded the EPS Frith Prize in recognition of this work. Following her doctoral studies Dr Cook has held positions as a Research Fellow of Magdalene College, Cambridge; postdoc at the Department of Psychiatry, University of Cambridge; AXA-funded Research Fellow at the Donder’s Institute, The Netherlands; University lecturer at City University London; and most recently, Senior Research Fellow at the University of Birmingham. Her current work focuses on the role of dopamine in social cognition and bodily movement, and is funded by an ERC starting grant.
Dr. Youssef Idaghdour

Assistant Professor, Program in Biology, New York University Abu Dhabi, Abu Dhabi, UAE.

Title: Systems biology approaches to study gene-environment interactions in complex traits.

Dr. Youssef Idaghdour biography

Youssef Idaghdour graduated with BSc in Biology in Morocco. After completing his M.Sc. in Molecular Genetics at the University of Leicester, Youssef received a Ph.D. in Genetics at North Carolina State University under a Fulbright Scholarship for work demonstrating how environmental and lifestyle effects dominate genetic influences in human immune system. He received a Banting Postdoctoral Fellowship and joined a large program in medical and population genomics in Montreal and the international 1000 Human Genomes Project. In 2014, Youssef joined the faculty of New York University Abu Dhabi and established a research program focusing on population and medical genomics of complex traits. His research group focuses on using high-dimensional genomic datasets from single-cells, tissues and cells, and use bioinformatics and statistical genetic approaches to analyze the data.