Edward Hubbard

Medical imaging Carillon Tower Glass blowing Laptop and lecture A smiling student Sunrise over the Education Building Chairs on the Memorial Union Terrace Bascom hall staircase Graduating students in silhouette Crowd of people on Bascom Hill A student tutoring Student with diploma Dance Department performance Night view of Bascom in the winter Memorial Union Terrace in autumn Memorial Union Terrace chairs Dance department performance Bucky Badger in front of a parade float Bascom Hall in the summertime Lincoln statue Students walking in the snow University of Wisconsin - Madison Crest Lincoln statue in the snow Forward Logo Student at graduation Bicycle in the snow Rathskellar Fireplace Sailboat with Capitol Building in the background A sailboat at the Memorial Union Bascom Hill in Autumn Bucky Badger studying with a student. Students among blooming trees at UW-Madison Bucky reading a book University flag on Bascom Hill Video camera view screen Student on a frozen lake Lincoln Statue on Bascom Hill Bascom Hill in winter Students collaborating Memorial Union Terrace chairs in the snow Kohl Center logo Graduates with diplomas A hands-on project Stacked, illuminated figures View from the top of Van Hise


Main Office

Educational Psychology
School of Education
859 Education Sciences
1025 W. Johnson Street
MadisonWI  53706-1796

Tel: 608/262-3432
Fax: 608/262-0843

Email: edpsych@education.wisc.edu
or by contact form

Edward Michael Hubbard

Profile Photo

Edward Michael Hubbard

Assistant Professor
Educational Psychology (EdPsych)

1075F Educational Sciences  binoculars icon
1025 West Johnson Street
Madison, WI 53706-1706
Office: 608/265-2607
Fax: 608/262-0843

Educational Neuroscience Lab
Curriculum Vitae

Personal Biography

In 2012, I became an Assistant Professor of Educational Psychology at the University of Wisconsin-Madison and at the Waisman Center, where I conduct neuroimaging studies in the emerging field of Educational Neuroscience.


Ph D, Psychology and Cognitive Science
University of California, San Deigo
La Jolla, CA

MA, Experimental Psychology
University of California, San Deigo
La Jolla, CA

BA, Psychology and Cognitive Science
University of California, Berkeley
Berkeley, CA



Teaching Interests

Number sense, mathematical cognition, educational neuroscience, cognitive neuroscience methods

Scheduled Teaching

  • Spring 2013 - Developmental Cognitive Neuroscience
    Course Prefix: 315, Course Number: 711, Section: 006, Course Level: Graduate
  • Spring 2013 - Mind, Brain and Education
    Course Prefix: 315, Course Number: 506, Section: 002
  • Fall 2012 - Exploring the Number Sense
    Course Prefix: 315, Course Number: 506, Section: 004

Research Interests

The Educational Neuroscience Lab explores questions at the intersection of education and neuroscience, in the emerging field of Educational Neuroscience. Our research examines the neural underpinnings of cognitive processes that are relevant for education, and the role of educational experiences and enculturation as primary drivers of brain plasticity to create the neural circuits that underlie human specific abilities. Our research combines the latest technological advances in understanding the human brain as a “learning organ” with insights from cognitive psychology and education to help build the emerging field of educational neuroscience.

The lab focuses on three main areas:
1) the acquisition of mathematics in typical and atypically developing populations
2) the role of multi-sensory integration in learning; and
3) the role of learning in synesthesia, and the consequences of synesthesia for education.

My initial training was in the methods and theories of cognitive science and psychology at the University of California, Berkeley (BA) and the University of California, San Diego (MA and PhD). I then held a post-doctoral appointment at INSERM in France where I used methods of cognitive neuroscience (including functional MRI and EEG) to explore the neural basis of numerical and mathematical abilities, especially the mental number line, in typically developing adults. Inspired by the idea that the neural circuits we observed in adults were the result of a lifetime of educational experiences I took a second post-doc at Vanderbilt University, where I examined how the earliest stages of formal mathematics education shape brain circuits as children begin to link Arabic number symbols with their underlying quantity semantics during the early school years (K-3rd grade).


  • Simner, J., & Hubbard, E. (in press). The Oxford Handbook of Synaesthesia. Oxford: Oxford University Press.
  • Hubbard, E., Brang, D., & Ramachandran, V.S. (2011). The cross-activation theory at 10. Journal of Neuropsychology. 5(2), 152-177.
  • Brang, D., Hubbard, E., Coulson, S., Huang, M., & Ramachandran, V.S. (2010). Magnetoencepalography reveals early activation of V4 in grapheme-color synesthesia. Neuroimage. 53(1), 268-274.
  • Ranzini, M., Piazza, M., Dehaene, S., & Hubbard, E. (2009). Neural mechanisms of attentional shifts due to irrelevant spatial and numerical cues. Neuropsychologia. 47(12), 2615-2624.
  • Knops, A., Thirion, B., Hubbard, E., Michel, V., & Dehaene, S. (2009). Recruitment of an area involved in eye movements during mental arithmetic. Science. 324(5934), 1583-1585.
  • Hubbard, E. (2008). Synaesthesia: The sounds of moving patterns. Current Biology. 18(15), R657-R659.
  • Hubbard, E., Diester, I., Cantlon, J., Ansari, D., van Opstal, F., & Troiani, V. (2008). The evolution of numerical cognition: From number neurons to linguistic quantifiers. Journal of Neuroscience. 28(46), 11819 –11824.
  • Hubbard, E. (2007). A real red letter day. Nature Neuroscience. 10(6), 671-672.
  • Oberman, L.M., Hubbard, E., McCleery, J.P., Altschuler, E.L., Ramachandran, V.S., & Pineda, J.A. (2005). EEG Evidence for Mirror Neuron dysfunction in autism. Cognitive Brain Research. 24(2), 190-198.
  • Hubbard, E., Arman, A.C., Ramachandran, V.S., & Boynton, G.M. (2005). Individual differences among grapheme-color synesthetes: Brain-behavior correlations. Neuron. 45(6), 975-985.
  • Hubbard, E., Piazza, M., Pinel, P., & Dehaene, S. (2005). Interactions between number and space in parietal cortex. Nature Reviews Neuroscience. 6(6), 435-448.
  • Hubbard, E., & Ramachandran, V.S. (2005). Neurocognitive mechanisms of synesthesia. Neuron. 48(3), 509-520.

Departmental Service

  • Faculty Affairs
    Dates of Membership: 2012 - Pres.
  • Committee Member.


  • American Education Research Association (AERA)
    Scope of Organization: National, Member Since: January 2012
  • American Synesthesia Association (ASA)
    Position Held: Founding Member, Board Member (since 2011), Scope of Organization: National, Member Since: 2000
  • Society for Neuroscience (SfN)
    Scope of Organization: International, Member Since: 2000
  • Cognitive Neuroscience Society (CNS)
    Scope of Organization: International, Member Since: 1998
© 2017 Board of Regents of the University of Wisconsin System • Please contact the School of Education External Relations Office with questions, issues or comments about this site.