Dr. Silvia Bunge is an Associate Professor and Vice Chair in the Department of Psychology, and an Associate Professor in the Helen Wills Neuroscience Institute at the University of California at Berkeley. Her other affiliations at UC Berkeley include the Institute of Human Development and the Research in Cognition and Mathematics Education program. Professor Bunge directs the Building Blocks of Cognition Laboratory, which draws from the fields of cognitive neuroscience, developmental psychology, and education research. Researchers in the laboratory examine developmental changes and neural plasticity in cognitive control and reasoning skills in healthy and neurologically impaired children and adults. The laboratory seeks to better understand both negative and positive environmental influences on brain and cognitive development. Through her research and membership in the National Scientific Council on Child Development and the International Society for Mind, Brain and Education, Professor Bunge hopes to promote academic readiness among children at risk for school failure.