Matthew Schneps

Matthew Schneps, Visiting Professor

Reading is a technology. And if a person has difficulty reading, it's not the person that needs to be fixed. It's the technology that needs to change.

Schneps investigates how differences in the brain (whether inherited or developed through learning) alter insights and capabilities people bring to STEM.


An important focus of this research investigates how technology can foster the exchange of information between people and machines, given wide ranging differences in the neurology of individuals (including dyslexia, ADHD, and autism spectrum disorders). An important example of this seeks to reengineer the technology we use for reading, to make this process more efficient and effective for all.


Schneps received his PhD in Physics from MIT (’79), and is currently Research Professor at UMass Boston, Computer Science. Previously, Schneps was founding member of the Science Education Department at the Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics. There, over a period of 35 years, he led major national initiatives fostering science learning through television and computer media. Work includes programs on children’s ideas in STEM (e.g., A Private Universe), and resources for students and teachers. Habitable Planet, an online resource produced in collaboration with Klopfer of STEP, received the Science Prize for Online Resources in Education from the AAAS. His work in neuroscience was honored with a Burch Fellowship in Theoretic Medicine and Affiliated Sciences.

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