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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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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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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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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Upcoming Events

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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. Daniel O’Connor

Assistant Professor, Brain Science Institute, Department of Neuroscience

Dr. Kerry Ledoux

Research Associate, Department of Neurology

Dr. Sunil Kumar (Chair)

Provost and Senior Vice President for Academic Affairs

Dr. Susan Carnell

Assistant Professor, Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences

Dr. Joshua Ewen

Director, Clinical Neurophysiology Laboratory, Assistant Professor in the Department of...

Susan Magsamen

Senior Advisor on Community Partnerships

Dr. Philipp Koehn

Professor, Department of Computer Science

Bob Wiley

Distinguished Science of Learning Fellow

Dr. Paul Rothman

Frances Watt Baker, M.D., and Lenox D. Baker Jr., M.D. Dean of Medical Faculty and Vice...

Dr. Chadia Abras

Program Director, Distance Education, Center for Technology in Education enter for Technology in...

Dr. Barbara Landau

Former Director

Dr. Tracy Vannorsdall

Assistant Professor, Departments of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences and Neurology

Dr. Veit Stuphorn

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

Dr. Michela Gallagher

Krieger-Eisenhower Professor, Department of Psychological and Brain Sciences

Dr. Anna Korzeniewska

Research Associate, Department of Neurology

Dr. Joshua Vogelstein

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

Dr. Mariale Hardiman

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

Dr. Kyrana Tsapkini

Instructor, Department of Neurology