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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News Highlight

SLI’s Kelly Fisher and Kristin Gagnier were awarded a Cognition and Student Learning (CASL) grant from the Institute of Education Sciences to develop a novel 3rd-grade science curriculum and teacher professional development supports. This 1.4 million dollar award is in partnership with Prince George’s County Public Schools.

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Science of Learning Symposium

January 22, 2018

Homewood Campus

Distinguished scientists will highlight complementary and contrasting perspectives on the neural and cognitive bases of learning and motivation, and the implications of these for improvements in both.

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Educators and school leaders spend ½ day at Johns Hopkins University to gain first-hand experience in the conduct of science of learning research and explore how research is related to educational practice.

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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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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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Funded Research

How ‘rational’ is the learning process?

This project combines behavioral experiments with a philosophical analysis of learning models to determine whether we integrate new information in a way that obeys the principles of rational inference.

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Do novice and experienced teen drivers show neurophysiological...

We will use behavioral, psychophysiological, and neuroimaging techniques to explore neurophysiological markers of hazard detection in experienced versus inexperienced teenage drivers.

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Can technology enable effective and efficient learning of...

This work will bring together scientific principles from peer learning in adults, machine learning, and surgical skill assessment to deliver a scalable methodology to augment technology to support humans learning complex skills.

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Recent News

Science of Learning symposium brings together experts from...

The diverse range of experts who will take part in the institute's third biennial symposium Monday reflects this ongoing mission. The event brings together experts in cognitive science, neuroscience, education, and other fields to explore different perspectives on the cognitive and neural bases for learning and motivation.

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Brain cap gives SLI scientists a better look at brain behavior

No, it's not a swimming cap, but it is making a splash in the field of brain science. This electroencephalography—or EEG—cap monitors electrical activity in the brain and has been helping scientists at Johns Hopkins understand what we pay attention to—and what we ignore.

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Why can’t we always stop what we’ve started? SLI...

Stopping planned behavior requires quick choreography among several distinct brain areas, researchers find

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Our Experts

Dr. Richard Huganir

Professor and Director, Department of Neuroscience; Co-Director, Brain Science Institute

Dr. Patricia Davidson

Professor and Dean of School of Nursing  

Dr. Roghayeh Barmaki

Postdoctoral Researcher, Laboratory for Computational Sensing and Robotics, Department of Computer...

Dr. Ed Connor

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

Dr. Kyrana Tsapkini

Instructor, Department of Neurology

Dr. Susan Carnell

Assistant Professor, Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences

Dr. Peter Barker

Professor, Departments of Radiology & Oncology; Research Scientist at the Kennedy Krieger...

Dr. Gary Goldstein

President/CEO, Kennedy Kreiger Institute; Professor, Depts. of Neurology & Pediatrics and...

Dr. Michael Klag

Professor and Former Dean of the Bloomberg School of Public Health

Dr. Jaqueline Nunn

Associate Dean, Technology Columbia Center, School of Education

Dr. John Desmond

Professor, Departments of Neurology and Cognitive Science

Mr. Mike Alexander

Program Coordinator

Dr. Steven Holochwost

Research Scientist

Dr. Alan Yuille

Bloomberg Distinguished Professor, Departments of Cognitive Science and Computer Science

Dr. Rebecca Haberman

Associate Research Scientist, Department of Psychological and Brain Sciences

Dr. Alfredo Kirkwood

Professor, Department of Neuroscience

Dr. Greg Osgood

Chief, Orthopaedic Trauma, Department of Orthopaedic Surgery and Assistant Professor of...