James Williams

Thursday, October 26 2017 at 7:30PM

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James Williams

What's the talk about?

 There are many myths about the brain, but in our schools one of the most persistent is learning styles – the idea that there are a number of styles of learning, such as visual, aural or kinaesthetic – and that certain children respond better if teaching is directed towards their preferred learning style. Another, ‘brain gym’ is the idea that rubbing key parts of your body could wake your brain up or drinking water gives you energy.



Edumyths and brain myths abound – but why do people believe them? Why have we rejected Father Christmas, but cling on to the idea that we only use 10% of our brains? In this talk the origins of some of the more popular neuromyths are divulged and  we will explore brain belief systems, why we believe nonsense and how, sometimes, even direct evidence isn’t enough to convince people they are wrong.


James Williams is a lecturer in education at the University of Sussex. He is regularly called upon as an education expert to provide commentary and interviews on a range of media from the BBC to ITV and local radio. He is a regular essayist for the Local Argus newspaper.


His research interests currently revolve around teachers and their knowledge and understanding of the nature of science' and the scientific method. He also researches the teaching of evolution and the issues surrounding creationism in schools.