Patrick D. Watson  Patrick D. Watson photo       

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Research Scientist, Learning and Assessment Models in Cognitive Education
Thomas J. Watson Research Center, Yorktown Heights, NY USA



My background in the neuroscience of learning and memory sparked an interest in applying emerging science to create novel methods for education. I developed experience in interdisciplinary teaching and course development while at the Beckman institute of Science and technology at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, as well as contributing to research in multi-modal brain training. I'm currently working at IBM Watson Education Research on developing personalized learning experiences that adapt to students’ preferences, behavior, and performance.

In addition to developing tools to enhance teaching and learning, I still teach! I've a joint appointment as an Assistant Professor at Minerva Schools at the Keck Graduate Institute. It's helpful to have hands on experiences with educational challenges and guides his approach to curricula development and evidence-based teaching.

I received a PhD in neuroscience from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign in 2013. My research appears in Neurocomputation, Frontiers in Neuroscience, and Hippocampus. I'm also an author on the 2012 book Memory Consolidation in Individuals and Collectives. In 2012 I co-founded Cerevrum, a virtual-reality education startup. In addition to evidence based teaching, my research interests include computational neuroscience, cognitive neuroscience, machine learning, dynamical systems, and control of chaos.