About me

I  studied at the Johann Wolfgang Goethe University (Frankfurt) and in 2005 received my Ph.D. from the Humboldt University (Berlin). Since the Fall of 2014 I am Full Professor at the University of Education in Freiburg.

My research has focused on the relationships between the field of education and the life sciences, particularly the assimilation of neuroscientific knowledge into educational theory and practice.

More recently I turned my attention to border-crossings between education on the one hand, and child and adolescent psychiatry on the other. In a qualitative research project I investigeted, largely based on interviews with parents, aimed at understanding how “difficult” school-age children end up being diagnosed with ADHD and what the consequences of the diagnosis are from the parents’ standpoint. At the same time, I examined the rise of different causal models of ADHD, and the role that educational institutions and actors play in the context of the ADHD debate. While these are contemporary debates and issues, my research on them always also includes a historical dimension.

Main research interests:

  • The assimilation of biomedical knowledge into educational theory and practice
  • Education and neuroscience
  • “Neuromyths” in advice and self-help literature for parents and educators
  • Educational, psychological and neuroscientific notions of learning
  • Scientific popularization
  • Recent forms of the nature-nurture debate
  • The “neuroenhancement” discussion in the educational field
  • The ADHD debate between education and psychiatry, and from the standpoint of parents

I offer lectures and workshops on all these topics.

If you are interested, please write to me at: kontakt [at] nicole-vidal.info