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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Save the Date

The Baltimore BrainFest seeks to fulfill this mission by bringing together a vast array of educational resources, experiences, and expertise with the Baltimore community in a day-long event full of family-friendly activities, exhibits, games and more.  

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News Highlight

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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Research Highlight:

A new study by SLI experts, Barbara Landau and Michael McCloskey, sheds new light on nature of human memory.

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Partnering with the community

SLI is partnering with the Children's Museum of Manhattan (CMOM) and Port Discovery Children's Musem to bring the science of early language and literacy development to the museum through a suite of interactive tools to empower parents and caregivers of children 5 and younger to maximize this critical window of language development.

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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 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 biobehavioral, cognitive, and electrophysiological methods to explore the neural mechanisms underlying distraction by high-fat foods and how these are moderated by individual differences in dietary characteristics.

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What changes in gene expression underlie learning and memory?

This project combines gene expression profiling using a novel high-throughput technique (single-cell RNA sequencing), computational analysis, and current theories of the cellular organization of a brain structure important in learning and memory to understand the mechanisms underlying learning.

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Recent News

JHU Institute for Education Policy features SLI commentary

The science of learning has demonstrated that spatial thinking is a critical, yet undervalued component of STEM learning.

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Richard Huganir elected president of Society for Neuroscience

Johns Hopkins neuroscientist Richard Huganir has been appointed the next president of the Society for Neuroscience, a 38,000-member professional society for researchers who focus on the brain and nervous system. His term will run from 2017 to 2018.

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Save the Date!  Baltimore BrainFest 9/17/2016

Save the date for the first Baltimore BrainFest on September 17th, 2016

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Our Experts

Dr. Shreesh Mysore

Assistant Professor, Department of Psychological and Brain Sciences

Dr. Barry Gordon

Professor, Department of Neurology and Neurosurgery; Director, Cognitive Neurology/Neuropsychology

Emily Coderre

Distinguished Science of Learning Fellow

Dr. Bonnie Nozari

Assistant Professor, Departments of Neurology and Cognitive Science

Dr. Jay Baraban

Professor, Department of Neuroscience

Dr. Richard Edden

Associate Professor, Department of Radiology

Dr. Elaine Hansen

Executive Director, Center for Talented Youth

Dr. Daniel O’Connor

Assistant Professor, Brain Science Institute, Department of Neuroscience

Dr. Kerry Ledoux

Research Associate, Department of Neurology

Dr. Peter Barker

Professor, Departments of Radiology & Oncology; Research Scientist at the Kennedy Krieger...

Dr. Kelly Fisher

Associate Director

Mr. Mike Alexander

Program Coordinator

Dr. Kimberley Eden Steele

Associate Professor, Department of Surgery

Dr. Hongjun Song

Director, Stem Cell Program at the Institute for Cell Engineering; Professor, Department of...

Dr. Nettie Legters

Research Scientist, Center for Social Organization of Schools and Associate Director of the...

Dr. Michael Miller

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

Dr. Colin Wilson

Associate Professor, Department of Cognitive Science

Dr. Robert Blum

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