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Diagnostic educational test
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Diagnostic educational test

In education, there is a growing popularity in the use of formative assessment, which tests students during the learning process with the goal of improving the learning and teaching practices. Formative assessment potentially provides a path towards a continuous process of improving (and ultimately optimizing) student learning. However, the amount […]

Decoding social utility from brain patterns
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Decoding social utility from brain patterns

In our everyday lives, we are constantly making decisions. We evaluate a lot of available options and make choices even among alternatives which are qualitatively very different. For example, we decide whether we want to spend a Christmas bonus on a nice holiday, a new bike or a language course. […]

Achievement tests measure more than acquired knowledge
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Achievement tests measure more than acquired knowledge

New technological methods can improve our understanding of the determining factors of achievement test scores. Computerised decision-making experiments show, for instance, that higher time pressure and greater incentives during a test do not necessarily increase test scores (see also Economics of Test Taking on this site).[1] Further studies can make […]

The economics of test taking
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The economics of test taking

Scores on achievement tests and cognitive tests are important in the assessment of students and job applicants. Often these tests have to be completed within a limited amount of time, and the outcomes are major determinants of future educational and career paths. However, surprisingly little is known about how people […]

Cognition and brain networks
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Cognition and brain networks

Understanding and optimising cognition with the help of brain networks Human beings are capable of processing information very quickly, abstract thinking, connecting different ideas and adjusting their behaviour accordingly. These qualities are needed in highly demanding situations – for example, in careers such as air traffic control, but also in […]

BrainLoops
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BrainLoops

The BrainLoops project is an adaptive brain anatomy tutorial based on brain-computer interface. For students to master knowledge about certain complex systems, such as the human brain, they first have to be able to recognise its different parts. In such cases, the generation of visual concepts about the system to be […]

Attention and performance
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Attention and performance

In March 2014, 42 pupils from Primary School St. Pieter learned about the basics of scientific research from Annemarie Neeleman and Bart Golsteyn, of the Economics of Education group at the School of Business and Economics. With a little help from the researchers, the pupils were split into two groups and […]

Stress and SES
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Stress and SES

Socioeconomic conditions lead to a higher level of detectable stress in children as young as 10, according to an April 2014 study. Data was collected about Dutch children between 10 and 12 years old – including information about household income, average income in the neighbourhood and the education levels of […]

School readiness
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School readiness

Neurological and cognitive development in preschool children: executive functioning, preschool education and school readiness. This project aims to find a new way of measuring executive functioning in young children, with specific attention for school readiness and preschool education. It will focus on 4- to 6-year-olds. For this purpose, we will […]

The optimal school curriculum
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The optimal school curriculum

What is the optimal school curriculum? Learning depends on the time spent on a topic and the skills a student already has. Therefore, what is learned in education depends on the composition of the curriculum of a student’s entire school career. Although the mix of courses and the order in […]