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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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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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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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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News Highlight

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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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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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. Neale Kinnear

Principal Psychologist, Transport Research Laboratory 

Dr. Christopher Myers

Assistant Professor, Carey Business School; Core Faculty, Armstrong Institute for Patient Safety and...

Emily Coderre

Distinguished Science of Learning Fellow

Dr. Alfredo Kirkwood

Professor, Department of Neuroscience

Dr. Constantine Frangakis

Professor, Departments of Biostatistics & Radiology

Bob Wiley

Distinguished Science of Learning Fellow

Dr. Peter Barker

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

Dr. Kimberley Eden Steele

Associate Professor, Department of Surgery

Dr. Kristin Gagnier

Assistant Director of Dissemination, Translation, and Education, Science of Learning Institute and...

Dr. Ed Connor

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

Dr. Lawrence Cheskin

Associate Professor, Department of Health, Behavior & Society

Dr. Barbara Landau

Former Director

Dr. Xiaoqin Wang

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

Dr. Karin Sandmel

Assistant Professor, Department of Special Education

Dr. Ana Arenivas

Instructor, Department of Neuropsychology

Dr. Lieny Jeon

Assistant Professor

Dr. Amy Shelton

Professor and Associate Dean for Research, School of Education

Dr. William Anderson

Associate Professor, Department of Neurosurgery