Edel Sanders


PhD, University of Cambridge, UK
MA, EdM, Columbia University Teachers College, USA
BA, summa cum laude, Phi Beta Kappa, Columbia University, USA

Edel Sanders completed her doctoral work in the Faculty of Education, Psychology Group at the University of Cambridge.


Fueled by her fascination with the workings of the developing mind, Edel earned two master’s degrees (MA, EdM) from Columbia University after graduating summa cum laude from that same institution. Following research at Columbia University's Arts Education Research Center in New York, which documented the impact of music education on inner city children's academic performance and self-esteem, Edel pursued her PhD in Education and Cognitive Psychology at the University of Cambridge while focusing on the link between musical learning and mathematical achievement. While there, she joined the Centre for Neuroscience in Education lab and the INSTRUCT (Implementing New Student and Teaching Resources Using Cognitive Theory) research group. 


Post-doc work supported field research with the Comparative Cognition lab at the University of Cambridge, which investigated individual traits and social learning in the natural environment of wild jackdaws. Future research interests include exploring cross-species consciousness, cognition and language; mathematical and altruistic learning in children; as well as cognitive and well-being enhancement through music, mantra and other therapeutic interventions. She has researched lifestyle choices and burnout among primary school teachers, and has just joined an EU research team to investigate lifestyle choices and environmental sustainability.

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