BCD neuroscience conference

BrainCanDo Conference 2018

Pathways from neuroscience to the classroom


On Thursday 15 March 2018, BrainCanDo will host its third annual conference at Queen Anne’s School, Caversham.

Join us for a one-day CPD accredited conference where you will hear from leading figures in the field as they share their expertise on the value of neuroscience to education and be given the opportunity to develop your teaching and learning toolkit.

The day will be structured with three 40 minute talks from leading industry figures and three plenary sessions; two panel discussions and the final to be a BrainCanDo led session discussing what research has found to date over the 5 year programme.

  • Session 1: How is neuroscience relevant to the classroom? A talk by Professor Michael Thomas – Director of the Centre for Educational Neuroscience, London.
  • Plenary 1: Addressing current neuromyths in education. Panel discussion
  • Session 2: How emotional contagion impacts teenage peer groups in the classroom. Dr Dean Burnett – Neuroscientist and lecturer
  • Plenary 2: Emotional contagion. Panel discussion
  • Session 3: Working memory and classroom learning. Dr Joni Holmes – MRC Cognition and Brain Sciences Unit, Cambridge
  • Plenary 3: BrainCanDo led session. Research updates from university collaborators – Daniel (Goldsmith’s Music), Kou (Reading Emotional Contagion), and Dan (Self-affirmation); future research with the Children’s Society

So, what is braincando ?

Have you ever tried to eat your breakfast blindfolded?  Or tried to tickle yourself?  Or to ride a bicycle backwards?  If you have tried, the chances are that you weren’t very successful.

Through repetition processes, activities like riding a bicycle, become automatic, and brain pathways fire quickly and without us having to put too much effort into the thinking process. Once you know how to ride a bike, you don’t have to think about it too hard. Unless the bike is wired up to ride backwards, that is! Then our brains are tricked into thinking they can work in the usual way for the desired outcome, deceived by the changes in the equipment we’re dealing with.


Of central importance to the work of BrainCanDo is the development of a strong neuroscientific evidence base to inform and underpin education. We aim to empower teaching professionals to use the latest findings from neuroscience research to transform and enrich their classrooms and to empower students to understand how learning happens.

We believe that understanding what is happening in the brain can help us to be more efficient at learning, more effective at functioning and as a result, to become happier people!

Several years ago when BrainCanDo was started we began to understand that learning about the brain is key to effective teaching and learning and to creating a richer educational experience for all. We now work alongside industry experts on several research projects established with University of Oxford, University of Reading and Goldsmiths, University of London.

To find out more about BrainCanDo, events, news and research projects please visit www.braincando.com