Mark Zinn, PhD co-founded the Attainment Center for Neuroeducation, together with his late wife, Dr. Marcie Zinn, to better teaching and learning through applied neuroscience research. The ACN offers services for improving individual learning. With their highly interdisciplinary background, they combine psychology, neuroscience, and music performance to create improved teaching methods and curricula.
Dr. Mark Zinn holds a bachelor’s, master’s and post-graduate degree in piano performance and a doctorate degree in psychology. He has authored numerous peer-reviewed publications in the field of Performing Arts Psychophysiology and Clinical Neuroscience. He studied piano with two world-class pianists: Daniel Pollack and Donald Walker. For his doctorate in psychology, he worked with Dr. Leonard Jason, an expert in the field of Community Psychology. Coaching and EEG assessment services, are integrated into training program objectives according to age-based individual learning needs. Optimal performance training is achieved via neurofeedback training, electromyographic training (EMG), and heart-rate variability (HRV) biofeedback protocols.
Mark is also director of the NeuroCognitive Research Institute, a non-for-profit organization for helping patients who suffer from the effects of various neurological diseases. In addition, he is an Adjunct Professor for the Dept. of Psychology at DePaul University where he teaches Introductory Psychology and Applied Research Methods. His clinical research currently examines the neurocognitive effects of Myalgic Encephalomyelitis / Chronic Fatigue Syndrome (ME/CFS) and Long COVID-19. He and his late wife developed a highly effective piano teaching system for preschool children and children grades K-12 (Preschool Piano Kids! and Piano Kids Academy) to discover new ways to enhance piano learning and performance.