The mission of the newly formed Science of Learning Institute is to understand the most essential part of our human capital: the ability to learn. The Institute supports research and application that seeks to understand learning at all levels of scientific inquiry—including how the brain changes through learning, how development and aging affects our ability to learn, how neurological and psychiatric diseases disrupt or change learning, and why there are such vast individual differences that naturally occur among learners. A central part of the mission is to understand how new technologies such as machine learning and new educational programs can optimize learning—whether it occurs in the informal setting of the playground, the more formal setting of a school, a rehabilitation program, or on-the-job training.

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