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Award-Winning Neuroscientist Joins MIND Research Institute

Irvine, Calif., Mar 4, 2014 MIND Research Institute announced today that Martin Buschkuehl, Ph.D., an expert in working memory and cognitive intervention research, has joined the MIND Research team as Director of Education Research.

Buschkuehl has published pioneering research demonstrating that training on working memory skills can lead to improvements in higher cognitive functions, such as problem solving and reasoning. His research on working memory — a cognitive ability which can be an excellent predictor of scholastic achievement, including literacy and numeracy — will help guide MIND Research Institute’s efforts to enhance its cognitive training and working memory training implementation within the Spatial-Temporal (ST) Math® instructional software program.

As part of its efforts to continually enhance ST Math, MIND Research seeks to create a cognitive training path that allows students to improve at a specific task while also strengthening other skills, including their ability to focus and successfully solve novel problems.

“We are pleased to have a scientist of Dr. Buschkuehl’s caliber on our team,” said Matthew Peterson, MIND Research Institute Co-founder and Chief Operating Officer, who holds a Ph.D. in neuroscience. “He brings a wealth of knowledge and passion that enriches our commitment to advancing neuroscience research and math education. We see this sterling addition to our team as another step toward achieving math success for all students.”

Buschkuehl earned his Ph.D. in Cognitive Psychology from the University of Bern in Switzerland and completed a Postdoctoral Fellowship in Cognition and Cognitive Neuroscience at the University of Michigan. Prior to joining MIND Research, he was an Adjunct Professor at the University of California, Irvine, and a Research Professor at the University of Maryland. He received the Pfizer Research Award in 2009 and the Ypsomed Innovation Award in 2008.

“Joining MIND Research, and contributing to the organization’s work in improving learning environments, is such a wonderful opportunity to help young people prepare for academic and career success,” Buschkuehl said.

Click here to watch Buschkuehl’s talk on working memory, presented at MIND Research Institute. Click here to read his recently published papers. For more information about MIND Research or ST Math, visit: www.mindresearch.org/about

About MIND Research Institute
MIND Research Institute is an education nonprofit dedicated to ensuring that all students are mathematically equipped to solve the world's most challenging problems. MIND's distinctive visual approach to math and problem-solving is the basis of its innovative, research-proven ST Math® programs for elementary and secondary schools. MIND's programs currently reach over 630,000 students and 25,000 teachers in 2,050 schools in 35 states. For more information, visit www.mindresearch.org.

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