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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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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News Highlight

Educators and school leaders will 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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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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Generating New Ideas

Facilitating dialog and interaction across the divisions and schools of Johns Hopkins University is critical for generating new, interdisciplinary research in the science of learning and instilling a culture of collaboration. SLI's method for doing this is the Belgian Beer Event (BBE):  Several times during each year, faculty, research scientists, postdoctoral fellows, and graduate students from across the university are invited to present their research and mingle in a casual, conversational atmosphere.  The locations of these community-building events vary across Johns Hopkins campuses in order to promote greater diversity in participation. 

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News Highlight

SLI’s Kelly Fisher and Kristin Gagnier were awarded a Cognition and Student Learning (CASTL) grant from the Institute of Education Sciences to develop a novel 3rd-grade science curriculum and teacher professional development supports. This 1.4 million dollar award is in partnership with Prince George’s County Public Schools.

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

Can we use reinforcement motor learning to improve specific...

This project integrates knowledge from the fields of computational neuroscience, machine learning, and non-invasive brain stimulation to approach a long-standing problem in rehabilitation therapy with a novel perspective.

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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 physical measures, dietary measures, and brain recording methods to explore the neural mechanisms underlying distraction by high-fat foods and explore how these are moderated by individual differences in dietary characteristics.

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Recent News

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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SLI’s Susan Courtney named vice provost for faculty affairs

SLI researcher, Susan Courtney, will become the university's next vice provost for faculty affairs.

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SLI to Host 150 K-12 Educators for a “Science in...

Educators and school leaders will 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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Dr. Susan Carnell

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Dr. David Linden

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Dr. Kelly R. Fisher

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Dr. Steven Yantis (In Memoriam)

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Dr. Joseph Monaco

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