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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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

Johns Hopkins cognitive scientist Barbara Landau has won a 2018 William James Fellow Award from the Association for Psychological Science, an honor that recognizes individuals for their "lifetime of significant intellectual contributions to the basic science of psychology."

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News Highlight

SLI’s Kelly Fisher and Kristin Gagnier were awarded a Cognition and Student Learning (CASL) 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.

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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

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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Science of Learning symposium brings together experts from...

The diverse range of experts who will take part in the institute's third biennial symposium Monday reflects this ongoing mission. The event brings together experts in cognitive science, neuroscience, education, and other fields to explore different perspectives on the cognitive and neural bases for learning and motivation.

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Brain cap gives SLI scientists a better look at brain behavior

No, it's not a swimming cap, but it is making a splash in the field of brain science. This electroencephalography—or EEG—cap monitors electrical activity in the brain and has been helping scientists at Johns Hopkins understand what we pay attention to—and what we ignore.

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Our Experts

Dr. John Desmond

Professor, Departments of Neurology and Cognitive Science

Dr. Nettie Legters

Research Scientist, Center for Social Organization of Schools and Associate Director of the...

Dr. Lieny Jeon

Assistant Professor

Dr. Justin Halberda

Associate Professor, Department of Psychological and Brain Sciences

Dr. Paul Rothman

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

Dr. Beverly Wendland

James B. Knapp Dean of the Krieger School of Arts and Sciences

Dr. Susan Carnell

Assistant Professor, Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences

Dr. Akira Omaki

Assistant Professor, Department of Cognitive Science

Dr. Howard Egeth

Professor, Department of Psychological and Brain Sciences

Dr. Jeremiah Cohen

Assistant Professor, Brain Science Institute, Department of Neuroscience

Dr. Gregory Hager

Mandell Bellmore Professor of Computer Science; Founding Director of the Malone Institute for...

Dr. James Knierim

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

Dr. Tim Moran

Paul R. McHugh Professor, Department of Psychiatry & Behavioral Sciences; Director, Behavioral...

Dr. Janet DiPietro

Professor; Associate Dean fore Research and Faculty; Department of Population, Family, and...

Dr. Anand Mattay

Investigator and Director of the Neuroimaging Core Facility at the Lieber Institute

Dr. Nancy Madden

Professor, School of Education; President and Co-Founder, Sucess for All

Corbin Cunningham

Distinguished Science of Learning Fellow

Dr. Alfredo Kirkwood

Professor, Department of Neuroscience