Mind, Brain, and Education (MBE) is at the intersection of various fields, such as neuroscience, cognitive science, and educational psychology, to explore human learning and development and understand how research in these fields can improve teaching, learning, and education. In the past decades, advances in new technologies have given researchers insight into the workings of the mind and brain. Scientists can now study children and adults learn by monitoring their brain activity and illuminating mental processes such as memory, attention, emotion, and how the human mind develops. One area that has emerged from this important research for education is "neuroplasticity" or "brain plasticity." Neuroplasticity refers to the brain and nerves' moldable structure resulting from changes in neural pathways and synapses. Environmental, mental, and physical experiences change our brains for good or bad behavior. Older psychological theories made us believe that the brains people were born with could not be changed, but this belief has now been disproven. Nature vs. nurture is no longer debated; "nature" is dynamic and complex.
Learning and teaching affect the brain and its capacities to grow. Thus, the ultimate goal of MBE is to improve learning outcomes for all learners. Creating a nexus between neuroscience, cognitive science, and educational psychology leads to better performance in educators and students. The Center for Culturally Responsive Educational Neuroscience draws on the latest research from neuroscience, cognitive science, and educational psychology to fully understand how people learn and develop from diverse backgrounds and what can be done to improve their learning and development. Our work sits at the intersection of many disciplines, and the research and coursework we offer likewise appeal to a wide swath of professionals, academics, and researchers.