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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Event Highlight

SLI hosted our 3rd Biennial Science of Learning Symposium entitled Minding the Gaps Among Levels of Explanation

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

Symposium presentations are now available.

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News Highlight

SLI's director, Dr. Barbara Landau, is among the 84 newly elected members of the National Academy of Sciences, in recognition of their distinguished and continuing original research.

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Partnering with the community

SLI is partnering with the Center for Transformative Teaching & Learning to disseminate and translate science of learning research to the K-12 education community.

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Generating New Ideas

Facilitating dialog and interaction across the divisions and schools of Johns Hopkins University is critical for generating new, interdisciplinary research in the science of learning and instilling a culture of collaboration. SLI's method for doing this is the Belgian Beer Event (BBE):  Several times during each year, faculty, research scientists, postdoctoral fellows, and graduate students from across the university are invited to present their research and mingle in a casual, conversational atmosphere.  The locations of these community-building events vary across Johns Hopkins campuses in order to promote greater diversity in participation. 

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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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Upcoming Events

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Recent News

SLI’s Director, Barbara Landau, elected to the National...

Barbara Landau elected to the National Academy of Sciences

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SLI Fellow Gives Patterson High School Students a Sneak Peek at...

After seeing students' enthusiasm for his line of work during a visit to Patterson High School, Distinguished Science of Learning Fellow Corbin Cunningham designed a daylong program on Hopkins' campus that exposed them to the fun — and accessibility — of college-level science.

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The dastardly, distracting power of — donuts?

Distinguished Science of Learning Fellow Corbin Cunningham has spent the last two years determining what it takes to pull someone’s attention from an engaging task.

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Our Experts

Dr. Barbara Landau

Former Director

Dr. Erica Sibinga

Associate Professor, Division of General Pediatrics & Adolescent Medicine

Dr. Chadia Abras

Program Director, Distance Education, Center for Technology in Education enter for Technology in...

Dr. Amy Shelton

Professor and Associate Dean for Research, School of Education

Dr. Alan Yuille

Bloomberg Distinguished Professor, Departments of Cognitive Science and Computer Science

Dr. Bonnie Nozari

Assistant Professor, Departments of Neurology and Cognitive Science

Dr. John Desmond

Professor, Departments of Neurology and Cognitive Science

Dr. Brenda Rapp

Professor, Department of Cognitive Science

Dr. Michael Klag

Professor and Former Dean of the Bloomberg School of Public Health

Dr. Martin Lindquist

Associate Professor, Department of Biostatistics

Dr. Dwight Bergles

Professor, Snyder Department of Neuroscience and Department of Otolaryngology

Kara Blacker

Distinguished Science of Learning Fellow

Dr. Dana Boatman

Professor, Departments of Neurology and Otolaryngology

Dr. J Tilak Ratnanather

Associate Research Professor, Center for Imaging Science and Institute for Computational...

Dr. Christopher Myers

Assistant Professor, Carey Business School; Core Faculty, Armstrong Institute for Patient Safety and...

Dr. Lawrence Cheskin

Associate Professor, Department of Health, Behavior & Society

Dr. Janet DiPietro

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