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Meet one of our projects

Universities and professionals involved


This project has the participation of three Universities: UCSAL, Harvard and Federal University of Santa Catarina. In total, 3 professors, 5 research technicians and 20 students are part of the team that implements it in the cities of Salvador, Boston and Florianópolis.

What the project offers

  • Continued training in neurodevelopment for teachers in the municipal school system.

  • Neuropsychological intervention carried out through games in the school context to favor the development of socioemotional and mathematical skills.


"Intervention in Brazil to improve school readiness for children in socially vulnerable situations"


The project was born in 2018, from dialogues between professors from the Psychology department of the Catholic University of Salvador - Profª. Dra. Nara Andrade and Profª. Dr. Chrissie Carvalho - and Profa. Dr. Elizabeth Spelke of Harvard University. Elizabeth Spelke is a prominent psychologist in the field of Developmental Psychology, creator of the Core Knowledge theory .

The proposal emerged as a result of projects in neurodevelopment carried out by the Interdisciplinary Laboratory for Human Neurodevelopment (LINHA) and projects carried out by Spelke and Esther Dulfo, to reduce the impacts of poverty on the development of children in situations of social vulnerability. After elaborating, the proposal was submitted to the Lemman Foundation, which welcomed the project with enthusiasm.

Stacking Blocks
Bebês na sala de jogos


The project had the exchange of researchers and students from the Catholic University and Harvard University. In May 2019, the 1st Regional Seminar NEUROCIENCES AND EDUCATION: WEAVING NETWORKS FOR EARLY CHILDHOOD was held, which aimed to promote a propositional space for debate about the interfaces between neurosciences and education and their impacts on public policies in early childhood. More than 250 people participated in the event, including teachers from the municipal school system, students and researchers from the field.

      It was an active collaboration between universities and the Municipal Secretariat of Education, from the perspective of an extramural university, which includes its participation in the construction of a democratic society of rights. In schools, the implementation of the project began in 2019 and is ongoing.


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