On Educating for Peace: A Conversation with Nandini Chatterjee-Singh | Tim Logan

July 25, 2022

Nandini Chatterjee Singh is a cognitive neuroscientist and currently Senior Project Office at UNESCO MGIEP (Mahatma Gandhi Institute of Education for Peace and Sustainable Development, in New Delhi, India. Nandini works on learning, in the context of literacy, emotion and music.

After receiving a PhD in physics from the University of Pune in India, she studied auditory learning mechanisms in songbirds at University of California Berkeley.  She returned to India 2002 and the first cognitive and neuroimaging laboratory in India at the National Brain Research Centre (NBRC) in India. Where she set up SALLY (Speech and Language Laboratory). Using behavioral and functional neuroimaging experiments, her laboratory sought to understand neurodiversity especially children with autism and dyslexia.  Her work in biliteracy led to the development of DALI (Dyslexia Assessment for Languages of India), the first standardized tool to screen and assess dyslexia in multiple Indian languages. Her research laboratory at NBRC also conducted research on how Indian ragas elicit distinct emotions.

Since 2017, she has been at UNESCO Mahatma Gandhi Institute of Education for Peace and Sustainable Development (MGIEP) where she uses neuroscience to design courses for social and emotional learning using digital pedagogies. She has led the development EMC2, a neuroscience based framework that builds SEL competencies of Empathy (E), Mindfulness (M), Compassion (C) and Critical Inquiry (C). She is focused on designing new interactive curricula using innovative digital pedagogies like, digital games, digital dialogue to cultivate SEL and conducts cross-cultural research to assess their efficacy in school education systems.

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Tim Logan

Tim Logan is an experienced school leader and curriculum designer, with a passion for connecting and facilitating global networks of innovative educators. As well as being a member of the BU Agile Innovation Lab, Tim works with the world’s top international schools, as part of Notosh strategic design consultancy, and produces the “ground-breaking” podcast, Future Learning Design.

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