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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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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SLI Celebrates 5th Anniversary

January 2018 marks the 5th anniversary of the Science of Learning Institute. We are pleased to share our key accomplishments and future vision for the Institute in our 5-year anniversary book.

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News Highlight

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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News Highlight

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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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

Flamingos, elephants, and sharks: How do blind adults learn about...

Study finds that people born blind develop rich and accurate ideas about appearance based on cultural inference

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SLI-funded scientists ask what animal brains have in common with...

In an effort to improve robotic swarming algorithms, an interdisciplinary team of scientists will study how the brain allows an animal to navigate and change its route while moving.

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Barbara Landau, elected to the National Academy of Sciences

Barbara Landau elected to the National Academy of Sciences

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Our Experts

Dr. Nancy Madden

Professor, School of Education; President and Co-Founder, Sucess for All

Dr. Bruno Jedynak

Associate Research Professor, Department of Applied Mathematics & Statistics; Center for Imaging...

Kara Blacker

Distinguished Science of Learning Fellow

Dr. Ed Schlesinger

Dean, School of Engineering

Dr. Neale Kinnear

Principal Psychologist, Transport Research Laboratory 

Dr. Marina Bedny

Assistant Professor, Department of Psychological and Brain Sciences

Dr. Donald Geman

Professor, Department of Applied Mathematics and Statistics, Center for Imaging Science

Dr. Joshua Ewen

Director, Clinical Neurophysiology Laboratory, Assistant Professor in the Department of...

Dr. Burcu Unlutabak

Post-Doctoral Research Fellow

Dr. Arun Venkatesan

Associate Director, Neurology Residency Program Associate Professor, Department of Neurology

Dr. Justin Halberda

Associate Professor, Department of Psychological and Brain Sciences

Dr. Fred Bronstein

Dean of the Peabody Institute

Dr. Brenda Rapp

Professor, Department of Cognitive Science

Eleanor Chodroff

Distinguished Science of Learning Fellow

Dr. Gregory Hager

Mandell Bellmore Professor of Computer Science; Founding Director of the Malone Institute for...

Dr. Joshua Vogelstein

Assistant Professor, Department of Biomedical Engineering and the Institute for...

Dr. Christopher Myers

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

Dr. Patricia Janak

Professor, Department of Psychological and Brain Sciences