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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News Highlight

Johns Hopkins cognitive scientist Barbara Landau has won a 2018 William James Fellow Award from the Association for Psychological Science, an honor that recognizes individuals for their "lifetime of significant intellectual contributions to the basic science of psychology."

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Training the next generation of scientists

There is growing recognition that the next generation of scientists must think broadly about how we learn, be able to synthesize knowledge from multiple scientific perspectives, generate innovative, interdisciplinary research, and use these to bridge research, practice, and policy. Our training programs provide young scientists with opportunities to expand their knowledge of the science of learning and its applications to address real world issues.

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News Highlight

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 supports six projects that aim to further our understanding...

The Science of Learning Institute at Johns Hopkins University will support six new interdisciplinary projects with two-year seed grants.

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SLI’s Director, Barbara Landau, recognized for...

Johns Hopkins cognitive scientist Barbara Landau has won a 2018 William James Fellow Award from the Association for Psychological Science, an honor that recognizes individuals for their "lifetime of significant intellectual contributions to the basic science of psychology."

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The 74 Million Highlights SLI’s Translational Science...

A recent piece by the news outlet, The 74 Million, highlights SLI's translational science partnership with the Center for Transformative Teaching and Learning at St. Andrew’s Episcopal School.

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Our Experts

Dr. Janet DiPietro

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

Dr. J Tilak Ratnanather

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

Dr. Marshall Hussain Shuler

Assistant Professor, Department of Neuroscience

Dr. Sanjeev Khudanpur

Associate Professor, Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering

Dr. Kyrana Tsapkini

Instructor, Department of Neurology

Dr. Donald Geman

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

Dr. Noah Cowan

Associate Professor, Departments of Mechanical Engineering, Electrical & Computer Engineering,...

Dr. Dwight Bergles

Professor, Snyder Department of Neuroscience and Department of Otolaryngology

Dr. Chaz Firestone

Assistant Professor, Department of Psychological and Brain Sciences  

Dr. Kelly Fisher

Executive Director

Dr. Linda Tsantis

Associate Professor

Dr. Kristin Gagnier

Outreach and Evaluation Specialist

Dr. Steven Holochwost

Research Scientist

Dr. Howard Egeth

Professor, Department of Psychological and Brain Sciences

Aaron Steven White

Distinguished Science of Learning Fellow

Dr. Neale Kinnear

Principal Psychologist, Transport Research Laboratory 

Dr. Joshua Vogelstein

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

Dr. Bruno Jedynak

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