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 Tehila Nugiel, 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!


Thursday, September 7th, 9:15am – 10:40am

Tehila Nugiel, The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill

Nadine Gaab, Harvard University
The typical and atypical reading brain: How a neurobiological framework of early language and reading development can inform educational practice and policy
Cassondra Eng, Stanford School of Medicine
Leveraging educational neuroscience to optimize active gameplay contexts that promote executive function skills and brain plasticity
Eric Wilkey, Vanderbilt University
The domain-specificity of domain-generality: Attention, executive function, and mathematical skills
Amy Margolis, Columbia University
The role of environmental chemicals and social stressors in the etiology of learning difficulties


Written by Tehila Nugiel


This year, the Science of Learning Symposium, supported by the Jacob’s Foundation, will focus on the ‘neurocognitive building blocks of skill learning’. This symposium will delve into a diverse set of factors that shape the neurobiology underlying academic skill development. We will hear from an amazing group of speakers, Drs. Nadine Gaab, Cassondra Eng, Eric Wilkey, and Amy Margolis. Through their talks, we will explore answers to questions like: How does early brain development set the stage for language and reading skills? Can new technologies and creative games be harnessed to improve cognitive skills? How does higher-level cognition interact with lower-level processing to support complex skills like math? Can environmental toxins contribute to learning challenges? I am excited to moderate such an important symposium, and I look forward to a stimulating conversation about these formative building blocks for children’s success. The entire Flux program looks packed to the brim with incredible science and I cannot wait to see everyone there!