How do students engage in cognitive control in the busy world of the classroom? We are examining brain and behavioral measures of student attention in naturalistic settings to better understand how children and adults apply these skills in the real world. This work - currently underway with undergraduate and elementary school students - is part of a larger effort to bring neuroscientific methods out of the laboratory and into the classroom in the service of understanding student behaviors of interest to teachers and families.
Xu, K., Mendez, J., Grammer, J.K. & Lenartowicz, A. (2020, May). Tracking student attention during different instructional activities using mobile EEG. Poster presentation at the Cognitive Neuroscience Society Meeting.
Torres, R., Xu, K., Lenartowicz, A., & Grammer, J.K. (2019, May). Differences in neural correlates of attention in undergraduates across classroom activities. Poster presentation at 31st Annual Association for Psychological Science Convention, Washington, D.C.
Classroom Attention Tracking (CAT) Study
We are currently conducting a study using wireless EEG caps, to measure children's attention while attending to science lessons. Children wear a comfortable cap that measures their brain activity while engaged with structured lessons, individual and partner activities in groups of 5-9 children.