We can’t wait for #Flux2023! To help us prepare for the conference, we are fortunate that many of our amazing speakers provided us with some details about upcoming presentations. One symposium, led by Rachel Romeo, is below. We have many other posts on the way, so please keep an eye out on our blog for more symposia previews! Share your excitement for these symposia using #Flux2023 on social media!


Friday, September 8th, 4:15pm – 5:30pm

Rachel Romeo, University of Maryland

Rachel Romeo, University of Maryland
Bruce McCandliss, Stanford University

Jennie Grammer , University of California, Los Angeles
Examining children’s attention during online learning
Elizabeth Toomarian, Stanford University
Lessons learned from a research-practice partnership approach to educational neuroscience
Fang Wang, Stanford University
Lexical processes underpinning word recognition in early readers: Insights into naturalistic education by bringing SSVEP and EEG into schools

Written by Rachel Romeo

Our symposium is organized as a modern response to a famous debate from the late 1990s, in which John Bruer argued that cognitive neuroscience research could not have meaningful implications on educational practice and that the link between education and the brain was a “bridge too far.”  We think a lot of this argument is based on two things: first, most research takes place in decontextualized labs with precise experimental control, rather than where learning actually happens, and second, that there often isn’t a true two-way dialogue between researchers and educators that could maximize translational value. All of us involved in this symposium are trying to flip that script a bit, and are taking neuroimaging out of the lab and into the classroom to examine children’s learning in real-world school contexts through innovative research-practice partnerships. Funny enough, we came up with the idea for this symposium while three of us (Jennie, Rachel, Bruce) were attending a music festival in Montreal after attending a more niche conference, and we thought it would be perfect for Flux to discuss the intersection of educational neuroscience with the broader field of developmental cognitive neuroscience. We hope this will spark exciting discussions about the importance of methodology, translational science, and research-practice partnerships.