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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A new Science of Learning Institute partnership will help caregivers support their children's early literacy through research-based museum exhibits and resources.

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Nanyang Technological University (NTU Singapore) and Johns Hopkins University (JHU) – have joined forces to support leading scientists from Singapore and the United States in their multidisciplinary research into the science of learning. 

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The human brain is the most complex machine in existence. Every brain is loaded with some 100 billion nerve cells, each connecting to thousands of others, giving around 100 trillion connections. Mapping those connections, or synapses, could enable scientists to decipher what causes neurological disease and mental illness. It's an immense, daunting task.

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SLI commentary on the importance of spatial thinking in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM) education featured on the JHU Institute for Education Policy's website.  

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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

Can we use reinforcement motor learning to improve specific...

This project integrates knowledge from the fields of computational neuroscience, machine learning, and non-invasive brain stimulation to approach a long-standing problem in rehabilitation therapy with a novel perspective.

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How does the cerebellum update our movements following an error?

This project combines the field of motor control, which seeks to determine the behavioral consequences of learning to move (e.g., how does the brain adapt the next movement following an error?), and neurophysiology, which attempts to identify the correlates of this motor learning in the firing of neurons in the brain.

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How Do Learned Dietary Associations Influence Attention?

This project integrates physical measures, dietary measures, and brain recording methods to explore the neural mechanisms underlying distraction by high-fat foods and explore how these are moderated by individual differences in dietary characteristics.

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Recent News

SLI Researcher Receives 2017 Presidential Early Career Award

SLI expert Daniel O’Connor was among 102 scientists and engineers named on Jan. 9 by President Obama as recipients of the Presidential Early Career Award for Scientists and Engineers.

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SLI researchers want to use big data to chart the brain

The human brain is the most complex machine in existence. Every brain is loaded with some 100 billion nerve cells, each connecting to thousands of others, giving around 100 trillion connections. Mapping those connections, or synapses, could enable scientists to decipher what causes neurological disease and mental illness. It's an immense, daunting task.

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Science of Learning Institute Experts Visit Nanyang Technological...

Researchers from the Science of Learning Institute visited Nanyang Technological Institute in Singapore to discuss current and future directions in the Science of Learning and participate in NTU's Smart Baby Seminar on the importance of play in developing spatial skills, language, and math.

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Our Experts

Dr. John Desmond

Professor, Departments of Neurology and Cognitive Science

Dr. Nassir Navab

Professor, Laboratory for Computational Sensing and Robotics, Department of Computer Science

Dr. Rebecca Haberman

Associate Research Scientist, Department of Psychological and Brain Sciences

Dr. Michael Miller

Herschel & Ruth Seder Professor, Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering; Director,...

Dr. Dwight Bergles

Professor, Snyder Department of Neuroscience and Department of Otolaryngology

Dr. Ed Schlesinger

Dean, School of Engineering

Dr. Kelly R. Fisher

Associate Director, Science of Learning Institute; Director, Dissemination, Translation, &...

Dr. Solange Brown

Assistant Professor, Department of Neuroscience

Dr. Michael McCloskey

Professor, Department of Cognitive Science; Director of Undergraduate Studies

Dr. Mariale Hardiman

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

Dr. Joshua Vogelstein

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

Dr. Beverly Wendland

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

Dr. Janet DiPietro

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

Dr. Kyle Rawlins

Assistant Professor and Interim Director of Graduate Studies, Department of Cognitive Science

Dr. Raman Arora

Assistant Professor, Department of Computer Science, Center for Language and Speech Processing

Dr. Anand Mattay

Investigator and Director of the Neuroimaging Core Facility at the Lieber Institute

Dr. Roghayeh Barmaki

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

Dr. Kristin Gagnier

Outreach and Evaluation Specialist