Dr. Bert De Smedt


I am an assistant professor in the Faculty of Psychology and Educational Sciences at the Katholieke Universiteit Leuven, Belgium. I received my PhD at the KU Leuven Belgium in 2006 studying mathematical disabilities in children with velo-cardio-facial syndrome. From 2007 to 2010, I was a postdoctoral research fellow of the Research Foundation Flanders (FWO), during which I was also a visiting scientist at the Unversity of Western Ontario, London, Canada. My primary interest is in individual differences in children's mathematical skills. I use both behavioral and brain imaging methods to understand how children develop arithmetical skills and what neurocognitive mechanisms underlie this development. The aim is to integrate cognitive neuroscience into educational research, contributing to the new field of educational neuroscience or Mind, Brain and Education. I am the coordinator of the EARLI Special Interest Group on Neuroscience and Education and secretary of the IMBES society.

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