Human Capital Multidisciplinary Research Center

5.5.1 Neurosciences in Education

Research Area 5. Neurocognitive Mechanisms of Social Behavior  → Research Program 5.5 Neurosciences in Education

Ekaterina Orel
Project Leader (2020-2022)

Anastasia Petrakova
Project Leader (2023-2025)

Context of Research Project within a Subject of Human Capital

The achievements of modern neuroscience can contribute to the realization of many educational goals through embedding them in the practice of development and evaluation of the components of human potential, both cognitive and noncognitive, taken into account in the training of teaching staff, etc.

The research project Neuroscience in Education focuses on the development of tools for assessing educational results using the achievements of neuroscience, which will expand the possibilities of assessment in education and allow using the results obtained in practice

Project Aim

Approbating and adapting the results of neurocognitive research for the practice of education: develop tools for assessing the components of human potential formed within the educational system based on the results of neurocognitive research and transfer of the results of neuroscience research into the practice of forming components of human potential

Project Objectives:

  1. Developing new approaches to measuring educational outcomes and educational achievements using neurocognitive tools and the results of neurocognitive research
  2. Developing, adapting and evaluating psychometric qualities of a line of tools for evaluating subject (personal and/or meta-subject) educational results and related constructs using neurocognitive tools and the results of neurocognitive research
  3. Developing recommendations for the education system aimed at improving educational outcomes based on the results of neurocognitive research

Key Findings


Approaches have been studied and a review has been prepared on the use of neurocognitive tools and research results for assessing students' personal educational outcomes, describing problems and challenges for modern neuroscience in education and modern research and educational centers and programs dealing with this issue


A study of the characteristics of the stimulus material for assessing the processes of perception of persons at different age cohorts (from 6 to 18 years) has been conducted, a study of the contribution of non-symbolic sense of number to the mathematical achievements of students in elementary school has been conducted, a study design has been developed aimed at studying the features of non-verbal communication among participants in the educational process in a virtual environment


Individual differences in emotion recognition have been revealed (empirical data amounted to about 5,000 respondents and 294 stimuli – images of a face expressing a particular emotion). We have found out that respondents were more accurate in determining the valence of emotions than in their differentiation, joy and surprise were most easily recognized by respondents, and emotions of neutral valence, such as pride and relief, were the most difficult to recognize.

Распознавание эмоций по лицу индивидов разного возраста

Educational Programs

Master's Program Science of Learning and Assessment

Educational trajectory Designing Educational Products. Pedagogy Master’s Program

Researcher at EdTech Minor

HSE and RANEPA Joint Educational Workshops Social and Humanitarian Dimension of Human Potential

Study Course Comparative Analysis of Education Systems

Online course Universal Competencies and New Literacy


  1. Kuzmina Y., Antipkina I. The Association between Approximate Number Sense (ANS) and Math Achievement Depends on the Format of the ANS Test // Journal of Cognition and Development. 2022. P. 545-570


HSE Open Seminar on Education:
Grigorenko E., Professor at the University of Houston (USA) How Can the Neuroscience of Education Help in Mastering Reading Skills? (RU) (Moscow, Russia, October 11, 2021)

Interdisciplinary Seminar Neuroscience in Education (RU) (regular joint seminar of the HSE Institute of Education, the HSE Department of Psychology, the HSE Center for Neuroeconomics and Cognitive Research, the HSE Center for Language and Brain) (Moscow, Russia, 2022)