Neuromyths in the Classroom: The Cost of Pseudoscience

This session is from the NASP 2021 Annual Convention

  • PMD: 2,9
  • Skill Level: Advanced
  • Session 11: Consultation and Collaboration With Educators and Parents

Learner Objectives

This session will help participants…

  1. this session will help participants assess their own understanding of, and belief in, common neuromyths.
  2. this session will help participants recognize and respectfully challenge teachers’ beliefs in neuromyths which potentially influence classroom practices and instruction.
  3. this session will help participants describe how identifying and challenging neuromyths fits into a comprehensive role as outlined by the NASP Practice Model.


Neuroscientists know a great deal about attention, stress, memory, exercise, sleep, and music and their application to education, but the complexity of this information has enabled many pseudoscientific beliefs or neuromyths to develop between research and classroom practices. This study explored the prevalence of neuromyths among a group of public school teachers. School psychologists will assess their own beliefs in common neuromyths and learn to recognize/identify and respectfully challenge teachers’ beliefs in neuromyths.



Dan Pezzulo, PA Virtual Charter School
Melinda Byham, PA Virtual Charter School


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