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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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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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

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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Event Highlight

SLI hosted our 3rd Biennial Science of Learning Symposium entitled Minding the Gaps Among Levels of Explanation

Distinguished scientists highlighted complementary and contrasting perspectives on the neural and cognitive bases of learning and motivation, and the implications of these for improvements in both.  

Symposium presentations are now available.

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Partnering with the community

SLI is partnering with the Center for Transformative Teaching & Learning to disseminate and translate science of learning research to the K-12 education community.

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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. Constantine Frangakis

Professor, Departments of Biostatistics & Radiology

Dr. Michael Miller

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

Dr. Richard Huganir

Professor and Director, Department of Neuroscience; Co-Director, Brain Science Institute

Dr. Johnathon Ehsani

Assistant Professor, Leon S. Robertson Faculty Development Chair in Injury Prevention

Dr. Nassir Navab

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

Dr. Jay Baraban

Professor, Department of Neuroscience

Dr. Michael McCloskey

Professor, Department of Cognitive Science; Director of Undergraduate Studies

Dr. Tim Moran

Paul R. McHugh Professor, Department of Psychiatry & Behavioral Sciences; Director, Behavioral...

Dr. Christina Harnett

Associate Professor

Dr. Lawrence Cheskin

Associate Professor, Department of Health, Behavior & Society

Dr. William Anderson

Associate Professor, Department of Neurosurgery

Dr. Rebecca Haberman

Associate Research Scientist, Department of Psychological and Brain Sciences

Dr. Erica Sibinga

Associate Professor, Division of General Pediatrics & Adolescent Medicine

Dr. Richard Edden

Associate Professor, Department of Radiology

Dr. Ed Schlesinger

Dean, School of Engineering

Dr. Amy Bastian

Professor, Department of Neuroscience; Director, Motion Analysis Laboratory

Kara Blacker

Distinguished Science of Learning Fellow

Dr. Kelly Fisher

Senior Executive Strategic Advisor