Paul Howard-Jones

Paul Howard-Jones is Professor of Neuroscience and Education at the School of Education, University of Bristol – but more widely known for his contributions to Channel Four’s “Secret Life of Four, Five and Six Year Olds” and other broadcasts. With degrees in Engineering, Psychology, and Medical Physics, he was a school teacher of Technology before becoming a trainer of primary and secondary school teachers and inspector of schools. His work now focuses on issues at the interface of cognitive neuroscience and education. In his own research, he used methods ranging from brain imaging to classroom observation to explore how learning proceeds. Paul is currently implementing cognitive neuroscience into Initial Teacher Education at the University of Bristol ( and working with UNESCO on applying neuroscience in global educational contexts. His latest book “Evolution of the Learning Brain: Or how you to be so smart” has just been published by Routledge.

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