Latin American School for Education, Cognitive and Neural Sciences


Start Time:04 Mar 2013

End Time:15 Mar 2013

Where:Itacaré, Bahia, Itacaré, Brazil

Application Deadline extended! The deadline for applications has been postponed to September 20, 2012



 The 3rd Latin American School for Education, Cognitive and Neural Sciences

 Itacaré, Bahia, Brasil

 04-16 March, 2013



We live in the great cognitive acceleration of the post-computer era, at the dawn of a world wide web of unprecedented possibilities. However, as knowledge undergoes explosive accumulation, more grows the intellectual distance between rich and poor. Measures of educational quality show that all Latin American countries, with the notable exception of Cuba, are placed far away from the leaders in Europe, USA, Israel, Japan and Austrália, while African countries lie in the lowest end of the ranks. Even within developed countries, educational inequality is high. Offering equal educational opportunity for children of the entire world will require a wise investment of resources in the most critical aspects of education, so as to promote the social comeback that only knowledge provides among the offspring of culturally deprived parents.

Modern societies increasingly demand education based on scientific evidence. We must thus work towards applying what we know about human cognition to the classroom practice. The Latin American School for Education, Cognitive and Neural Sciences (LA School ) is the result of a meeting that took place in Santiago de Chile in 2007. This meeting brought together scientists interested in the Brain/Education Barrier and led to the Santiago Declaration, which you are kindly invited to read at 


The LA School is based on the observation that schools teach science, math and language in quite nonscientific ways. Different teaching methods spawn, but there is little empirical comparison of their distinct efficacies. Teaching is nearly always based on traditions and qualitative opinions. Where can one find an educational science amenable to measurement, test and improvement not just in laboratories, but within class rooms? Unless we can answer this key question, the world’s educational gap is likely to continue widening.

The goal of the LA School is to critically examine research findings that are potentially relevant to the development, design, and implementation of effective educational practices and to train a new generation of researchers, able to operate at the interface between Education and Science. The first LA School was held in March 2011, in Chile and results went beyond expectations. The second LA School was held last March, in Calafate, Patagonia, Argentina and we had an incredible experience and astonishing results.The most rewarding element was the call for the students to dedicate fullheartedly to their difficult mission. People’s eyes sparkled with knowledge, curiosity and utopia. In 2013 the LA School will gather in Itacaré, a paradisiacal region in Bahia, Brazil. Nonconformists are invited to apply.



Alan Baddeley; Andrew N. Meltzoff; Alejandro Maiche; Anna Nobre; Bruce McCandliss; Cecília Hedin-Pereira; Charbel El-Hani; David Klahr; Elisabeth Spelke; Elizabeth Phelps; Facundo Manes; Frank Keil; Gabriel Mindlin; Ghislaine Dehaene-Lambertz; Henry L. Roediger; Isabel Martins; Jacques Mehler; Jan Born; John T. Bruer; Juan Valle Lisboa; Judy Deloache; Kathleen Mcdermott; Kathryn Hirsh-Pasek; Klaus Zuberbühler; Luca Bonatti; Marcela Peña; Marcus Raichle; Maria Pilar Jimenez-Aleixandre; Mariano Sigman; Marina Nespor; Mark A. McDaniel; Mitc

Sidarta Ribeiro, Federal University of Rio Grande do Norte, Natal, Brazil,
Marcela Pena, Catholic University of Chile, Santiago, Chile,
Mariano Sigman, Universidad de Buenos Aires, Buenos Aires, Argentina.

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