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Neurocareers: Doing The Impossible!

Oct 24, 2022

Neuroscience influences many areas of our life and informs us of the best strategies to utilize the power of our brains. This is particularly true for the field of education, where the knowledge about our nervous system transforms existing teaching practices and helps develop evidence-based approaches to successful learning.

Meet and greet three outstanding specialists in Neuroeducation - the field born on the intersection between neuroscience, psychology, and education: Kristen Betts, EdD, Mariette Fourie, DEd, and Michelle Miller, PhD!

In this Part 1 of the podcast dedicated to Neuroeducation, you will learn what Neuroeducation is about. You will also get familiar with the programs that help teachers and instructional designers support their work with neuroscience-informed, evidence-based practices. You will also hear three amazing stories about careers that all began in different fields but came together to spread knowledge about how our brain supports learning.

Stay tuned for Part 2 of this attention-grabbing podcast to hear examples of the most current misconceptions about learning and the brain, the biggest challenges in the field of Neuroeducation, and its future perspectives!

During this episode, you will learn the following:

[00:00] Episode intro and what’s in for you in today’s episode.

[01:23] Meet and greet our today’s guests and learn a bit about their workplace.

[04:26] What is neuroeducation and its origins?

[06:18] Dr. Fourie’s backstory and journey to neuroeducation.

[10:13] Dr. Miller’s inspiration in neuroeducation and her area of expertise.

[14:10] Dr. Betts’ story of getting into neuroeducation.

[21:04] Early challenges in neuroeducation and current advancements in bridging the gap between neuroscience and the science of learning.

[32:41] Common misconceptions in neuroeducation.

[37:26] How educational institutions are applying neuroscience in teaching and learning.

[42:00] Examples of scenarios where neuroeducation practices have helped students learn better.

[49:57] Ending the show and calls to action.


Notable Quotes

  • Focused attention is necessary for learning.
  • One of the early challenges of neuroeducation was that there needed to be an evidence-based approach to learning.
  • A teacher does more experiments than a scientist will do in their lifetime
  • A teacher’s conceptualization of knowledge greatly affects the learners' epistemological beliefs.
  • Misconception about learning and memory creates a wrong educational approach.
  • You might have the best course, but it means nothing if the students are not interested. You must learn how to involve your mind in a classroom.

About the Podcast Guests

Dr. Kristen Betts

Education, Learning, and Brain Sciences (E-LaBS) Research Collaborative:


Dr. Mariette Fourie

Linked In:

Google Scholar:

Dr. Michelle Miller

Contact Email:

Web Site with information on workshops and speaking:

Linked In:


Remembering and Forgetting in the Age of Technology: Teaching, Learning, and the Science of Memory in a Wired World (2022)

Minds Online: Teaching Effectively with Technology (2014)


About the Podcast and Its Host

The Neurocareers podcast is brought to you by The Institute of Neuroapproaches and its founder - Milena Korostenskaja, Ph.D. (Dr. K) - a neuroscience educator, neuroscience research consultant, and career coach for students and recent graduates in neuroscience and neurotechnologies:

Get in touch with Dr. K. by sending an email:

Schedule a free neuroscience career consultation session with Dr. K. by following this link: