The Mission

The Science of Learning Institute seeks to understand and optimize the most essential part of our human capital: the ability to learn. The Institute supports interdisciplinary research, training, and outreach programs that will generate scientific discoveries and build meaningful connections between research, practice, and policy.

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Research Highlight:

Reading is a complex ability that emerges from learning extended over many years. In this project Professor Michael McCloskey and colleagues will pursue two exciting findings from their research on reading deficits caused by brain damage.

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Training the next generation of scientists

There is growing recognition that the next generation of scientists must think broadly about how we learn, be able to synthesize knowledge from multiple scientific perspectives, generate innovative, interdisciplinary research, and use these to bridge research, practice, and policy. Our training programs provide young scientists with opportunities to expand their knowledge of the science of learning and its applications to address real world issues.

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News Highlight

In a recent paper published in the Journal of Experimental Psychology:  General, lead author Dr. Jonathan Flombaum found that although people can distinguish between millions of colors, we have trouble remembering specific shades because our brains tend to store what we've seen as one of just a few basic hues.

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Partnering with the community

SLI is partnering with the Baltimore County Pubic Schools to promote spatial thinking in K-12 science education.  SLI has developed and hosted workshops for in-service teachers on the importance of spatial thinking for improving K-12 math and science learning and we are partnering on a project to enhance spatial thinking in the BCPS K-12 science curriculum. 

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News Highlight

Research by SLI's Janet DiPietro on fetal development and learning is featured in the September 2015 edition of the Monographs of the Society for Research in Child Development.  

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Conducting Cutting-Edge Science of Learning Research.

Our grant programs generate new scientific discoveries about lifelong learning through interdisciplinary collaborations spanning basic and applied sciences.  

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Training Future Leaders in the Science of Learning.

We train scientists how to think broadly about learning, generate innovative perspectives and research on how we learn, and how to build meaningful connections between research, practice, and policy. 

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Connecting Science to Practice.

We collaborate with educators, practitioners, and policymakers to advance the understanding of science of learning research and translate research into meaningful, evidence-based practices, programs, and policies.

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Recent News

SLI Researchers Receive Discovery Awards

Four SLI researchers have received Johns Hopkins University's new Discovery Awards to bridge medicine and engineering.

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SLI research featured in Monographs of the Society for Research...

SLI Researcher provides synthesis 75 years worth of research on fetal behavior in Monographs of the Society for Research in Child Development

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SLI Researchers visit Singapore

SLI Researchers visit Nanyang Technological University to discuss current and future directions in the Science of Learning.

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Our Experts

Dr. Janet DiPietro

Professor; Associate Dean fore Research and Faculty; Department of Population, Family, and...

Dr. Beverly Wendland

James B. Knapp Dean of the Krieger School of Arts and Sciences

Dr. James Knierim

Professor, Department of Neuroscience; Zanvyl Krieger Mind/Brain Institute

Dr. Randal Burns

Associate Professor, Department of Computer Science

Dr. Jaqueline Nunn

Associate Dean, Technology Columbia Center, School of Education

Dr. Tamar Mendelson

Associate Professor, Department of Mental Health

Dr. Mariale Hardiman

Professor & Vice Dean of Academic Affairs; Director of Neuro-Education Initiative

Dr. William Anderson

Associate Professor, Department of Neurosurgery

Emily Coderre

Distinguished Science of Learning Fellow

Dr. Daniel O’Connor

Assistant Professor, Brain Science Institute, Department of Neuroscience

Dr. Barry Gordon

Professor, Department of Neurology and Neurosurgery; Director, Cognitive Neurology/Neuropsychology

Dr. Anna Korzeniewska

Research Associate, Department of Neurology

Dr. Justin Halberda

Associate Professor, Department of Psychological and Brain Sciences

Dr. Gregory Hager

Professor and Chair, Department of Computer Science

Dr. Brenda Rapp

Professor, Department of Cognitive Science

Dr. Marina Bedny

Assistant Professor, Department of Psychological and Brain Sciences

Aaron Steven White

Distinguished Science of Learning Fellow

Dr. Dana Boatman

Professor, Departments of Neurology and Otolaryngology