Currently: Research Fellow, University of Nottingham
Ian Devonshire is a neuroscientist, author and science communicator and currently a Research Fellow in the School of Life Sciences at Nottingham University Medical School.
His laboratory research has covered the fields of drug addiction, sensory systems, brain imaging and pain but he has also worked extensively with schools to test a number of neuroscience-related initiatives in the classroom. He is particularly interested in how young people’s intrinsic motivation to learn is a key factor for academic success and how the belief that one’s own ability does not match up with what is required can be highly de-motivating. Ian studied pupils’ attitudes to learning and whether we can use what we know about brain plasticity to change these attitudes.
He has also co-ordinated meetings for the All-Party Parliamentary Group on Scientific Research in Learning & Education and co-authored a book about neuroscience for school teachers, The Learning and the Brain Pocketbook (2011, Teachers Pocketbooks), which was nominated for two awards at the Education Resource Awards 2012.
Ian has given over 100 workshops, talks and seminars over the last six years to both general and specialist audiences, from all backgrounds between the ages of 5-95.
"Please sir, my brain hurts" Times Education Supplement, Dec 2010
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