Marta Martínez Vicente

Isabel I University

Neuroscience and education: executive functions, emotions and school learning 

Participants: Vanesa Martínez Valderrey1; María Ángeles Casares García1; Ildefonso Álvarez Marín1; Sonia Alguacil1 

1Isabel I University

Symposium Summary

The fusion of the knowledge of Neuropsychology and education has allowed the emergence of Neuroeducation, a new line of thought and action from which the knowledge and techniques of neuroscience are applied in the educational field. Research on the brain functioning and the benefits of its knowledge to improve learning capacity, supports the design of interventions to enhance motivation, the significance of learning, emotional self-regulation and the development of executive functions. Therefore, one of the main objectives of Neuroeducation is to bring teachers closer to the knowledge related to the brain and learning from a multidisciplinary perspective in which cognitive psychology, pedagogy and neuroscience, among others, converge. The communications presented in this symposium address the study of: 1) the implications of neuroscience on learning from two perspectives, intervention and attention to diversity in the classroom; 2) the training of cognitive control mechanisms in early and second childhood in which executive functions are crucial in explaining optimal learning; 3) the implications of emotions in the process of self-regulation of learning; 4) the effects of working memory on the learning process based on the review of recent researches.

Short CV

Part-time associate lecturer at the Isabel I International University in the Primary Education Degree and the Master of Neuroscience and Education. She is also a teacher and school counsellor of Primary Education in a state-subsidised school in the autonomous community of Cantabria. She is a Doctor in Education, Master in Research and Innovation, Master in Multiple Intelligences and Master in Social and Educational Action with vulnerable groups: family, childhood and adolescence. Specialist in Hearing and Language, Specialist in Therapeutic Pedagogy, Expert in Early Attention, Specialist in Diagnosis and Emotional Education and Expert in Emotional Intelligence. Primary School Teacher and Pedagogy Graduate.

She worked as a fellowship holder and research collaborator in the Department of History of Education, Faculty of Education Sciences, University of Oviedo. Her line of research focuses on the study of anxiety and stress in the educational field, executive functions, learning strategies and their relationship with academic performance, emotional intelligence, personal adjustment and students' learning difficulties. Regarding these topics, she has numerous publications, papers in specialized magazines and book chapters. She assiduously participates in talks and national and international conferences.

She belongs to the Spanish Society of Pedagogy (SEP), the EERA (European Educational Research Association), the WERA (World Education Research Association) and the SEAS (Spanish Society for the Study of Anxiety and Stress), collaborating within it on the Commissions of "Emotions and Health" and "Anxiety and Stress in the Educational Sphere".
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