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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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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Research Highlight:

SLI expert Daniel O’Connor was among 102 scientists and engineers named on Jan. 9 by President Obama as recipients of the Presidential Early Career Award for Scientists and Engineers.

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News Highlight

SLI explores how translational science can advance science and serve society at SRCD 2017.

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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

Does the brain learn to increase blood flow to regions where...

This project combines high-resolution imaging of blood vessels in the brain of an alert mouse with a careful, parametric approach to simple forms of learning.

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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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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

Teachers get up-close view of what research about learning looks...

Over 150 educators take part in first-ever Science in Action Day at Johns Hopkins University

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SLI’s Pilot Program Will Test Novel Approach to Teaching...

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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SLI Seeking Post-doctoral Research Fellow

The Science of Learning Institute and the Department of Cognitive Science at Johns Hopkins University is seeking a highly qualified post-doctoral research fellow to join an interdisciplinary research team to develop and evaluate a novel spatially-enhanced 3rd grade science curriculum and teacher supports.

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Our Experts

Dr. David Valle

Henry J. Knott Professor and Director of the Institute of Genetic Medicine; Professor,...

Dr. Christopher Myers

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

Dr. Ed Connor

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

Dr. Brenda Rapp

Professor, Department of Cognitive Science

Dr. Randal Burns

Associate Professor, Department of Computer Science

Dr. Swaroop Vedula

Assistant Research Professor

Dr. Tracy Vannorsdall

Assistant Professor, Departments of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences and Neurology

Dr. Raman Arora

Assistant Professor, Department of Computer Science, Center for Language and Speech Processing

Dr. Jaqueline Nunn

Associate Dean, Technology Columbia Center, School of Education

Dr. Karin Sandmel

Assistant Professor, Department of Special Education

Dr. John Desmond

Professor, Departments of Neurology and Cognitive Science

Dr. Pablo Ariel Celnik

Interim Director, Department of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation and Professor of Physical...

Dr. Michael Klag

Professor and Dean of the Bloomberg School of Public Health

Dr. Mikhail Pletnikov

Professor of Psychiatry

Dr. Kechen Zhang

Associate Professor, Department of Biomedical Engineering

Dr. Jay Baraban

Professor, Department of Neuroscience

Dr. Ralph Semmel

Director, Applied Physics Laboratory

Dr. Barry Gordon

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