British Indian Neuroscientist Usha Goswami has been awarded Yidan Prize forEducation Research Laureate.
Goswami is a professor of cognitive developmental neuroscience at the University of Cambridge, and a Fellow of St John’s College Cambridge.
Goswami founded and serves as director of the world’s first Centre for Neuroscience in Education.
Her research has identified the importance of children’s awareness of linguistic rhythm patterns for their reading acquisition, and has also revealed the brain basis of rhythm perception, showing how this neural process is impaired in developmental dyslexia.
These discoveries are enabling transformative educational interventions that have the potential to benefit millions of children worldwide.
Also named a laureate was Sir Fazle Hasan Abed, who won the Yidan Prize for Education Development Laureate.
The Yidan Prize is an educational prize founded in 2016 by Chen Yidan.
The prize is awarded each year to two individuals ororganizations whose work has made contributions to education research and development.
The prize is financed and governed by a HK$2.5 billion (about US$320 million) independent trust.