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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SLI's hosts AAAS workshop to explore (1) the importance of communication of scientific findings to broad audiences, (2) the traditional approach to dissemination and its limitations, (3) how to make science understandable and meaningful to general audiences while at the same time preserving scientific integrity, and (4) best practices in communicating scientific findings to target audiences.

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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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SLI explores how translational science can advance science and serve society at SRCD 2017.

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Educators and school leaders will 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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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’s Pilot Program Will Test Novel Approach to Teaching...

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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SLI Seeking Post-doctoral Research Fellow

The Science of Learning Institute and the Department of Cognitive Science at Johns Hopkins University is seeking a highly qualified post-doctoral research fellow to join an interdisciplinary research team to develop and evaluate a novel spatially-enhanced 3rd grade science curriculum and teacher supports.

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Kelly Fisher and Kristin Gagnier awarded Institute of Education...

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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Our Experts

Dr. Mariale Hardiman

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

Corbin Cunningham

Distinguished Science of Learning Fellow

Dr. Anand Mattay

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

Dr. Mengnan Tian

Postdoctoral Fellow, Department of Neuroscience

Dr. Michela Gallagher

Krieger-Eisenhower Professor, Department of Psychological and Brain Sciences

Dr. Patricia Davidson

Professor and Dean of School of Nursing  

Dr. Argye Hillis

Director, Cerebrovascular Division of Neurology and Professor of Neurology

Dr. Bruno Jedynak

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

Dr. Xiaoqin Wang

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

Dr. Janet DiPietro

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

Dr. Barbara Landau

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

Dr. Veit Stuphorn

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

Aaron Steven White

Distinguished Science of Learning Fellow

Dr. Amy Bastian

Professor, Department of Neuroscience; Director, Motion Analysis Laboratory

Dr. Dwight Bergles

Professor, Snyder Department of Neuroscience and Department of Otolaryngology

Dr. James Knierim

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

Dr. Shreesh Mysore

Assistant Professor, Department of Psychological and Brain Sciences

Eleanor Chodroff

Distinguished Science of Learning Fellow