Gothenburg AMBLE (Arena for Mind, Brain, Learning and Environment) was established in 2012 as a transdisciplinary consortium that brings neuroscience, psychology and education together and allows researchers to benefit from one another and contribute to our central research field Educational Neuroscience.


Gothenburg AMBLE has received funding from the Stena Foundation and Vetenskapsrådet and concerns research on early childhood development of reading and mathematics and how such research can be relevant for education. The overall research goal is focused on improving learning environments and educational practices that influence cognitive outcomes.
Gothenburg AMBLE consists of researchers from the University of Gothenburg, including:

  • National Center for Mathematics Education
  • Department of Education and Special Education
  • Department of Psychology
  • Department of Neuroscience and Physiology

Children’s development of skills in reading and mathematics are obviously well researched from many perspectives, but for most part, scientific efforts from areas like psychology, educational sciences and neuroscience have followed separate paths driven by separate scientific paradigms. This means there are gaps between the sciences that not only concern the type of research that is done but also the types of question that are asked. It is also well known, that there is a gap between the existing scientific knowledge in the research communities and the knowledge that is used in educational institutions to help inform teacher practices.

Gothenburg AMBLE aims to overcome such gaps by joint research and teaching efforts, but also by careful analysis of teacher practices. The consortium will use this knowledge to formulate research questions with high relevance for such practices.