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The Best Kept Secret in Learning: Executive Function

Thursday, May 12, 2016 @ 3:00 pm - 4:00 pm EDT

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Presented by Dr. Bruce Wexler, Professor of Psychiatry at Yale University
Sponsored by C8 Sciences


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Whenever we as educators want to increase learning, we’ve traditionally looked at the instructional materials we provide our students or, often, at the quality of the instruction itself. But focusing on these things overlooks the most important factor in learning –the learner.

So what’s the real secret to effectively reaching the learner? It is Executive Function.

Executive Function has been described as being like the air traffic controller of the brain. Executive Function includes the mental processes that are keys to learning and helping us to do things like remembering instructions, sustaining attention, and managing multiple tasks. Children with weak Executive Function skills usually struggle in school.

In this webinar, Dr. Bruce Wexler, Professor of Psychiatry at Yale University, explored the science behind Executive Function and how brain training can be used to strengthen these skills. He was joined by educators from Carlisle (PA) Area School District who shared their strategies for focusing on Executive Function to increase learning.

Learn about Executive Function. This webinar will benefit anyone involved with curriculum – curriculum directors, principals, teachers – as well as administrators of direct intervention services (including RTI) and special education services.


bruce wexlerBruce E. Wexler, M.D. is professor emeritus of psychiatry and senior research scientist at Yale School of Medicine and director of the Neurocognitive Research Laboratory at the Connecticut Mental Health Center. In 35 years of neuroscience research he has advanced the understanding of brain plasticity and been an international leader in developing computer-presented brain exercises to treat cognitive deficits in people with psychiatric illnesses. His patent-pending innovations led to the development of the ACTIVATE™ cognition cross-training program for children and adults. Dr. Wexler graduated magna cum laude from Harvard University, studied psychiatry at Anna Freud’s Hampstead Clinic and Neurology at the Institute of Neurology, Queen’s Square, London. He received his Doctor of Medicine from Albert Einstein College of Medicine and training in psychiatry at Yale. He has received multiple highly prestigious research grants from the National Institute of Health, National Science Foundation and private foundations, including a Career Scientist Award and a grant for “paradigm changing medical research” from the Director of the NIH. Professor Wexler has published more than 100 scientific papers and articles. His book, Brain and Culture: Neurobiology, Ideology, and Social Change (MIT Press), has received international attention. Dr. Wexler has given invited and keynote lectures throughout North America as well as in South America, Europe and Asia. He was the 2013 recipient of the Kempf Award from the American Psychiatric Association for outstanding research and mentoring.




c8 Sciences C8 Sciences develops a neuroscience-based cognition assessment and development products that have the potential to solve some of the most significant problems in childhood education and in our ageing population.  C8 Sciences is the only company to offer integrated computer and physical exercises – “cognition cross-training.”  Our products are based on proprietary research developed at Yale University by Dr. Bruce Wexler, and our technology is so impressive that Dr. Wexler and Yale were awarded a prestigious $4M Director’s Office Grant by the National Institutes of Health to study the use of ACTIVATE™ (formerly known as C8Kids) for treating ADHD, a grant reserved only for research programs that have the potential for a paradigm change in US healthcare.


Thursday, May 12, 2016
3:00 pm - 4:00 pm EDT
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