Edward Hubbard

Edward Hubbard
Assistant Professor, Department of Education Psychology
(608) 265-2607


Ph.D. University of California, San Diego

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Research Focus:

Educational neuroscience; numerical cognition; multi-sensory processing; synthesthesia

Research Strength:

Behavior, Cognition and Emotion

Research Description:

The Educational Neuroscience lab explores questions at the intersection of education and neuroscience, in the emerging field of Educational Neuroscience. Educational Neuroscience integrates findings from neuroscience with those from education and cognitive science. The field seeks not only to apply these findings to educationally relevant questions, but also to seriously investigate the idea that one of the single largest drivers of children’s brain plasticity is the educational experience that they receive.
Our research examines the neural underpinnings of cognitive processes that are relevant for education, and the role of educational experiences and enculturation as primary drivers of brain plasticity to create the neural circuits that underlie human specific abilities. Our research combines the latest technological advances in understanding the human brain as a “learning organ” through the use of neuroimaging (fMRI, DTI and EEG) with insights from cognitive psychology and education to help build the emerging field of educational neuroscience.
Questions we aim to investigate include:
How are educationally relevant brain systems put into place?
How do individual differences in neural circuitry relate to successes or difficulties in children’s learning experiences?
Do certain teaching methods better capitalize on our brain’s ability to learn complex information?
When we talk about the “human” brain organization, what we really mean is the brain organization that is found in literate, numerate, educated Western humans, especially those humans who have become highly expert at learning academic subjects, given the preponderance of college undergrads in brain imaging studies.


Please see PubMed for most recent publications

  • Simner, J. & Hubbard, E.M. (2013) The Oxford Handbook of Synesthesia. New York, NY: Oxford University Press  
  • Hubbard, E.M., Brang, D. & Ramachandran. V.S. (2011). The cross-activation theory at 10. Journal of Neuropsychology. 5(2):152-177. (doi:10.1111/j.1748-6653.2011.02014).
  • Hubbard, E. M., Piazza, M., Pinel, P. & Dehaene, S. (2009). Numerical and spatial intuitions: A role for posterior parietal cortex? in L. Tommasi, L. Nadel and M.A. Peterson (Eds.) Cognitive Biology: Evolutionary and Developmental Perspectives on Mind, Brain and Behavior. (pp. 221–246). Cambridge, MA: MIT Press.
  • Hubbard, E.M. (2007). A real red letter day. Nature Neuroscience. 10(6):671-672 (doi: 10.1038/nn0607-671).