Dr. Xiaodong Lin-Siegler is a Professor of Cognitive Studies at Teacher College, Columbia University. Her groundbreaking work focuses on the motivation of students through learning based around failure and hurdles to success. Published by the American Psychological Association and funded by the National Science Foundation, Lin-Siegler’s research has been covered by more than 25 media outlets including NPR, CBS, BBC and the Atlantic Monthly. Lin-Siegler has earned many awards throughout her career, including the Career Achievement Award and Distinguished Research Award by the American Education Research Association (AERA). Recently, Lin-Siegler was elected to serve on the Chief Education Expert Advisory Board of the Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD).
Stuart J. Firestein is the chair of the Department of Biological Sciences at Columbia University, where his laboratory is researching the vertebrateolfactory receptor neuron. He has published articles in Wired magazine, Huffington Post, and Scientific American. Firestein has been elected as a fellow by the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) for his meritorious efforts to advance science. He is an adviser to the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation program for the Public Understanding of Science. Firestein’s writing often advocates for better science writing. In 2011 he released the book Ignorance: How it Drives Science, and in 2016, Failure: Why Science Is So Successful.
Dr. Robert Siegler has written 9 books, edited 6 others, and authored more than 250 articles, monographs, and book chapters. His research focuses on how children learn mathematics and how theoretical understanding of mathematical development can be applied to improving that learning. His research led to the prediction, confirmed by subsequent research, that playing certain numerical board games yields broad, rapid, and enduring gains in preschoolers’ and elementary school children’s numerical understanding, particularly for children from low-income backgrounds.
Collaborators & Advisory Board
Ben Eliezer Atzmon
Ben Atzmon received his Bachelor of Arts in Psychology with Combined Studies from Richmond, the American International University in London before pursuing his Ph.D. in Cognitive Science in Education at Teachers College, Columbia University.
Research Interests: shared reality, social emotional learning, learning in immersive virtual environments, failure experiences of college students
Joshua Sterling Friedman
Research Interests: The impacts of social context on cognition, social modelling in the mind, and how failure affects these experiences.