Our Research

The Education and Brain Sciences Research Lab (EBRL) seeks to understand why some children are successful at learning to read while others are not. Using neuroimaging and behavioral testing, our NIH and NSF funded studies investigate reading comprehension, Neurofibromatosis Type 1, and the effects of reading interventions in children with and without reading difficulties.

We aim to improve the diagnosis and treatment of children who are struggling learners by combining findings from neurobiological, psychological, and educational perspectives.



BrainStorm Neuroscience Pitch Competition, EBRL Asks: What Creates Resiliency in Children in Poverty? (Oct.15)

(The following has been a reduced version of an article first posted here.) Join members of the Education Brain and Research Laboratory and the Mind Science Foundation for a night of science driven by brilliant young researchers! Three teams will pitch their brain research projects as they compete for their shot at a $60,000 pot. […]

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Join EBRL at VKC Science Day on Tues., Sept. 17, 2019

Fans of science and psychology can join members of the Education and Brain Research Lab at Vanderbilt Kennedy Center’s Science Day. The annual promotion and gathering of scientific minds gives those within the Kennedy Center a chance to exchange ideas and interact with each other’s research. Events will include a keynote address, two poster sessions, […]

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Congratulations 2019 Vanderbilt Graduates!

EBRL is very proud to be the home to a large amount of talented individuals. Over time sadly those people may come and go, but we are always overjoyed to celebrate their successes along the way. This is the start of so many wonderful things for so many people in our lab and we couldn’t […]

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Join EBRL on your feet on National Walking Day! (4/3/19)

Jump up on your feet and get your steps in today! The first Wednesday in April is National Walking Day! Here at Vanderbilt we got out and took a short break from doing research to go and stretch our legs with a good long walk! As we all know, exercise and especially walking is good […]

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Dr. Laurie Cutting to guest Lecture at Ohio State (4/14/19)

Dr. Laurie Cutting to Lecture at Ohio State University’s Science Sundays’ Lecture Series Find out more about her lecture and future Science Sunday lectures at the event page here: https://ccbbi.osu.edu/events/science-sundays Mirroring the information provided there here: Science Sundays Sunday, April 14, 2019 – 3:00pm to 5:00pm Ohio Union U.S. Bank Conference Theatre Educational Neuroscience: How the Brain Supports Learning […]

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Brain Blast 2019: The Aftermath

Brain Blast 2019 was an outstanding success for EBRL!    The team was there, bright and early before all of the patrons, setting up our stations, a fun journey through the reading brain. We brought our handy-dandy “portable MRI” so the kids could all see what it was like to be a part of one […]

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Vanderbilt Invites YOU to Brain Blast 2019!

Come spend a fun Saturday hanging out with real brain scientists and learning about the brain on Saturday, March 16th 10-2pm! Open to kindergarten through eighth graders and their families, downtown at the Nashville Public Library. See flyer below for more details:

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Dr. Cutting’s Talk at Cognitive Neuroscience of Reading Development (1/16/19)

Dr. Laurie Cutting was invited to talk at an event at the New York State Psychiatric Institute on January 19th, 2019 concerning the Neuroscience of Reading Development.   Find out more details here from Columbia University’s website: https://www.columbia.edu/content/events/cognitive-neuroscience-reading-development

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Take a Sneak Peek at the Study Update for our Ongoing Reading Comprehension Study!

Interested in knowing how our longitudinal study of Reading Comprehension is going? Find out the same way our participants already have:

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EBRL at the 25th Annual SSSR Meeting in Toronto (July 19-20/19)

Members from the lab are set to attend and present at the conference this year! Conference: SSSR (2019) in Toronto Symposium Title: The interaction of domain-general mechanisms and reading development: from word to text Chair: Katherine Aboud Authors: Sayako Earle, Tin Nguyen, Tehil Nugiel, and Katherine Aboud Discussant: Laurie Cutting Abstract: Recent evidence increasingly points […]

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