The Educational Neuroscience of Reading

This free symposium will convene a multidisciplinary group of researchers, educators, and policymakers to discuss the neural bases of reading and its implications for teaching and learning. They will discuss the current research on:

  • how written language is processed by the brain
  • how different aspects of reading are reflected in neural responses
  • how the neural circuitry of reading might differ for individuals with reading difficulties, and
  • how the brain processes digital and print texts differently

Keynote Speakers

  • Usha Goswami
    Director, Centre for Neuroscience in Education at Cambridge Neuroscience, University of Cambridge
  • John D. Gabrieli
    Director, Athinoula A. Martinos Imaging Center and Grover Hermann Professor of Health Sciences and Technology and Cognitive Neuroscience, McGovern Institute for Brain Research, Massachusetts Institute of Technology
  • Jason Borges
    Executive Director of NYC Public Schools Literacy Collaborative, Department of Curriculum and Instruction, New York City Department of Education
  • Karen Froud
    Director, Neurocognition of Language Lab and Associate Professor, Neuroscience and Education, Teachers College, Columbia University

Generous support for this symposium has been provided by the Roderick MacArthur Foundation.

The symposium is free, but reservations are required.


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To request disability-related accommodations, contact OASID at 678-3689, as early as possible.


Sep 23 2023


10:00 am - 6:00 pm


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Formats (virtual, in person, hybrid)



The Smith Learning Center - Teachers College Columbia University
525 W 120th St, New York, NY 10027


Teachers College, Columbia University
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