Surfacing the Hidden Brain (System 1) in Engineering Education Teaching, Learning, and Research

Emily Dringenberg, E. H. Ruth Wertz, Cynthia Atman, Kelly Cross, Elif Eda Miskioglu, Giselle A. Guanes

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Our brains are amazingly complex, and fields like neuroscience are continuously revealing new insights into our thinking, with considerable implications for education. For example, researchers have demonstrated the significant role of System 1, or rapid and automatic processing, in the ways we behave and make decisions. However, engineering education remains largely focused on framing teaching, learning, and research on System 2, or rational and conscious forms of processing. Through this special session, we aim to generate awareness of and discussion about System 1 within the FIE community. Participants in this special session will generate a working definition for System 1, learn about current research related to System 1, and hear from a variety of scholars who are actively working to integrate System 1 into their teaching and research in the context of engineering education. The outcomes of this session are to continue to build momentum for including System 1 in our approaches to and assumptions about engineering education.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publication2019 IEEE Frontiers in Education Conference, FIE 2019
PublisherInstitute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers Inc.
ISBN (Electronic)9781728117461
StatePublished - Oct 2019
Externally publishedYes
Event49th IEEE Frontiers in Education Conference, FIE 2019 - Covington, United States
Duration: Oct 16 2019Oct 19 2019

Publication series

NameProceedings - Frontiers in Education Conference, FIE
ISSN (Print)1539-4565


Conference49th IEEE Frontiers in Education Conference, FIE 2019
CountryUnited States


  • Special Session
  • System 1

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Software
  • Education
  • Computer Science Applications

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