Our Research

The Education and Brain Sciences Research Lab (EBRL) seeks to understand why some children are successful at learning to read while others are not. Using neuroimaging and behavioral testing, our NIH and NSF funded studies investigate reading comprehension, Neurofibromatosis Type 1, and the effects of reading interventions in children with and without reading difficulties.

We aim to improve the diagnosis and treatment of children who are struggling learners by combining findings from neurobiological, psychological, and educational perspectives.



Vanderbilt Invites YOU to Brain Blast 2019!

Come spend a fun Saturday hanging out with real brain scientists and learning about the brain on Saturday, March 16th 10-2pm! Open to kindergarten through eighth graders and their families, downtown at the Nashville Public Library. See flyer below for more details:

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Dr. Cutting’s Talk at Cognitive Neuroscience of Reading Development (1/16/19)

Dr. Laurie Cutting was invited to talk at an event at the New York State Psychiatric Institute on January 19th, 2019 concerning the Neuroscience of Reading Development.   Find out more details here from Columbia University’s website: https://www.columbia.edu/content/events/cognitive-neuroscience-reading-development

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Take a Sneak Peek at the Study Update for our Ongoing Reading Comprehension Study!

Interested in knowing how our longitudinal study of Reading Comprehension is going? Find out the same way our participants already have:

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EBRL at the 25th Annual SSSR Meeting in Toronto (July 19-20/19)

Members from the lab are set to attend and present at the conference this year! Conference: SSSR (2019) in Toronto Symposium Title: The interaction of domain-general mechanisms and reading development: from word to text Chair: Katherine Aboud Authors: Sayako Earle, Tin Nguyen, Tehil Nugiel, and Katherine Aboud Discussant: Laurie Cutting Abstract: Recent evidence increasingly points […]

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EBRL in the News: NICHD Puts Spotlight on Young People with NF1

The Eunice Kennedy Shriver National Institute of Health and Human Development recently featured EBRL with this tweet: #NICHD grantee Dr. Laurie Cutting @VanderbiltU educational neuroscientist studying outcomes of a reading program for children with #Neurofibromatosis1, a genetic disorder associated with a greater risk of learning disabilities. https://t.co/YRX9A1IkxX @ChildrensTumor — NICHD News & Info (@NICHD_NIH) December […]

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Congratulations to –Dr.– Stephen Bailey! (Oct. 25th.)

As we all know, the life of a grad or phd student is a difficult one. Much of your time is spent delicately balancing life and important research that will far outlive you. Many days and nights are spent on the edge of delirium and sleep deprivation, all to get that degree and learn a […]

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EBRL Invites You to the Dissertation Defense of Stephen K. Bailey (Oct. 24th)

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Laurie Cutting to be awarded Women in Cognitive Sciences Leadership Award 2018

In acknowledgement of her efforts to advance the success of women in Cognitive Science, Dr. Cutting has been selected to receive a Leadership award from Women in Cognitive Science (WiCS), just prior to the start of the 2018 Psychonomic Society Meeting in New Orleans. WiCS has instituted a Leadership Award to recognize initiatives that individuals have […]

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Laurie Cutting Honored with NIH Merit Award

Read the full article here : Laurie Cutting, Vanderbilt educational neuroscientist, honored with NIH Merit Award by Joan Brasher Oct. 5, 2018, 8:22 AM     https://news.vanderbilt.edu/2018/10/05/laurie-cutting-vanderbilt-educational-neuroscientist-honored-with-nih-merit-award/     EBRL’s own Dr. Laurie Cutting is to be awarded with the NIH Merit Award; an award created in 1986 designed to create long-term funding support to particularly outstanding […]

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Neuroscience Graduate Program Retreat (9/27/18)

  The annual Vanderbilt Brain Institute (VBI) Retreat was held on September 27th, 2018, and EBRL’s graduate student’s presence definitely could be felt!  The annual gathering was host to a wide range of students in the field and excellent research from a variety of different laboratories to share ideas, promote collaboration, and celebrate a joy for research. […]

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