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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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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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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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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With a 1.4 million federal grant from the Institute of Education Sciences, SLI researchers will test a novel approach to teaching 3rd-grade science.

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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

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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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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Our Experts

Dr. Linda Tsantis

Associate Professor

Dr. Vikram Chib

Assistant Professor, Department of Biomedical Engineering

Dr. Alfredo Kirkwood

Professor, Department of Neuroscience

Dr. Marshall Hussain Shuler

Assistant Professor, Department of Neuroscience

Dr. Steven Holochwost

Research Scientist

Dr. Gina Adrales

Chief of the Division of Minimally Invasive Surgery; Co-Director of the Johns Hopkins Bariatric...

Dr. Rebecca Haberman

Associate Research Scientist, Department of Psychological and Brain Sciences

Dr. Nancy Madden

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

Dr. Robert Blum

William H. Gates Sr. Professor & Chair, Dept. of Population, Family & Reproductive Health;...

Dr. Randal Burns

Associate Professor, Department of Computer Science

Dr. Ruth Faden

Andreas C. Dracopoulos Director of the Johns Hopkins Berman Institute of Bioethics and...

Dr. Erica Sibinga

Associate Professor, Division of General Pediatrics & Adolescent Medicine

Dr. Xiaoqin Wang

Professor, Department of Biomedical Engineering; Director, Tsinghua-Johns Hopkins Joint Center...

Dr. Barbara Landau

Director, Science of Learning Institute and Dick and Lydia Todd Professor of Cognitive...

Dr. Joseph Monaco

Postdoctoral Research Scientist, Mind/Brain Institute and Department of Biomedical...

Dr. Barbara Landau

Former Director

Dr. Veit Stuphorn

Associate Professor, Department of Psychological and Brain Sciences, Zanvyl Krieger Mind/Brain...

Dr. Lawrence Cheskin

Associate Professor, Department of Health, Behavior & Society