Mind, Brain, and Education

Mind, Brain, and Education

Program Description

The master's program in Mind, Brain, and Education is designed for students interested in connecting cognition, neuroscience, and educational practice, especially involving learning, teaching, and cognitive and emotional development. This intersection of biology and cognitive science with pedagogy has become a new focus in education and public policy in the current Age of Biology. Linked to the Harvard Initiative on Mind, Brain, and Behavior (MBB), the program is strongly interdisciplinary, including not only psychology, pedagogy, and neuroscience, but also philosophy, anthropology, linguistics, computer science, and other relevant disciplines. The program is designed to be completed in one academic year.

Students may focus their work on cognitive neuroscience, learning and instruction, cognitive development, emotional development, learning disabilities, interventions with children, uses of technology for education, diversity in education, or a combination of these topics. Many students emphasize hands-on applications of cognitive principles to relevant practical and research problems, with the intention of promoting a reciprocal integration of research with practice.

It is also possible to do doctoral work in Mind, Brain, and Education through one of the doctoral concentrations.