PEN Distinguished Lecture Series

The PEN Distinguished Lecture Series in Educational Neuroscience was created in association with the Foundations Proseminar course for graduate students in the Ph.D. in Educational Neuroscience (PEN) program. Since its inception, the series has grown!

The lecture series focuses on the intersection of the Science of Learning (learning across the lifespan) and Educational Neuroscience (learning across early life). Scientists and researchers who are pioneers in the fields of Cognitive-Educational Neuroscience, Developmental Cognitive Neuroscience, and Child Development come to Gallaudet University's campus to talk about their research.

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All lectures are open to the public and are video recorded for online distribution.

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Developing a theory of mind: Insights from fMRI studies of children

Thursday, 04 November 2021
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Dr. Hilary Richardson

Dr. Hilary Richardson

Lecturer in the School of Philosophy, Psychology and Language Sciences, University of Edinburgh 


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Dr. Hilary Richardson is a Lecturer in the School of Philosophy, Psychology, and Language Sciences at the University of Edinburgh, where she uses child-friendly neuroimaging studies to learn about the development of brain regions that support social cognition and the impact of early experience on development. Prior to joining the faculty at the University of Edinburgh, she worked as a postdoctoral research fellow in the Laboratories of Cognitive Neuroscience at Boston Children’s Hospital and earned her PhD in the Department of Brain and Cognitive Sciences at MIT. Dr. Richardson is a prolific author and has several publications in prestigious journals as well as book chapters. 


The PEN Distinguished Lecture Series in Educational Neuroscience honors researchers who have changed the landscape of science. We invite them to share their discoveries as we forge new links across research communities within Gallaudet University, Washington D.C., and the world.


To view this year's and all previous presentations, please visit VL2's PEN Distinguished Lectures webpage.