The content for this Resource Area has been provided by Dr. Jonathan Sharples of the Institute for the Future of the Mind.
The Institute for the Future of the Mind runs a programme of high-quality research, embracing a wide range of disciplines from the molecular and cellular to human systems and organisations. This cross-disciplinary research is unique at addressing issues at the interface between neuroscience, cognition, technology and education.
The 21st Century brings with it unprecedented opportunities and threats to the mind: an increasing prevalence of pervasive digital technologies, brain-computer interfacing, drugs, longer life spans and risk of neurodegeneration.The key challenge addressed at the Institute for the Future of the Mind is to determine how we might harness these new technologies to maximise the potential of the mind at its most vulnerable: the young mind and the ageing mind.
In addition to primary research the Institute has developed a network of influence in policy, education and civil society, enabling wide impact and outreach. The Institute acts as a hub, engaging politicians and other decision makers with the issues surrounding the use of technology and its interaction with the way that people think.
Dr. Shaples key area of interest is how insights from brain-science research can be used to help inform decision-making about the learning and education of young people. A key part of this work is considering how young people's increasing intimacy with digital technologies influences key abilities and cognitive skills. He coordinates the activities of the All-Party Parliamentary Group in Scientific Research in Learning and Education, which is considering how understandings from brain-science research may be used more effectively to inform government policy.
Jonathan has a Masters degree and D.Phil in Biochemistry, from Oxford University. He has previously worked in academic research, the pharmaceutical industry, education, and science communication.