The Family Attention and Cognition Training (FACT) study is an educational research endeavor by the Boston Charter Research Collaborative (BCRC). The BCRC is a multi-year partnership between Boston-area charter schools, researchers at MIT and the Harvard Graduate School of Education, and the National Center on Time and Learning’s Transforming Education program. Also joining the partnership for the FACT study administration is education nonprofit 1647 and members of the Brain Development Lab at the University of Oregon, who pioneered the family training curriculum.


Our primary goal is to investigate the efficacy of a family-based training program in improving children’s executive functions (EFs). EFs are the skills you use when you need to think hard and concentrate, such as problem solving, attention, and self control. Research shows that EFs are important for school readiness, and predict both academic achievement and life success.


Another goal is to examine the factors that shape EFs. To do this, we are using combination of behavioral assessments and brain imaging. 


For questions or more information, please email us at JLIB_HTML_CLOAKING or contact Rachel Romeo at 617-324-6515.


Principal Investigators

John Gabrieli, Ph.D. (McGovern Institute for Brain Research and Department of Brain and Cognitive Sciences, MIT)

Martin West, Ph.D. (Harvard Graduate School of Education)


Post-Doctoral Fellow

Allyson Mackey, Ph.D. (MIT)


Graduate Students

Rachel Romeo, M.Sc. (Harvard University)

Julia Leonard, B.S. (MIT)


Study Coordinators/Technical Assistants

Sydney Robinson (MIT)

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