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

A new Science of Learning Institute partnership will help caregivers support their children's early literacy through research-based museum exhibits and resources.

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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:

A new study by SLI experts, Barbara Landau and Michael McCloskey, sheds new light on nature of human memory.

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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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News Highlight

SLI commentary on the importance of spatial thinking in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM) education featured on the JHU Institute for Education Policy's website.  

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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

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

This project integrates knowledge from the fields of computational neuroscience, machine learning, and the neurophysiology of 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 biobehavioral, cognitive, and electrophysiological methods to explore the neural mechanisms underlying distraction by high-fat foods and how these are moderated by individual differences in dietary characteristics.

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Recent News

JHU Institute for Education Policy features SLI commentary

The science of learning has demonstrated that spatial thinking is a critical, yet undervalued component of STEM learning.

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Richard Huganir elected president of Society for Neuroscience

Johns Hopkins neuroscientist Richard Huganir has been appointed the next president of the Society for Neuroscience, a 38,000-member professional society for researchers who focus on the brain and nervous system. His term will run from 2017 to 2018.

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Save the Date!  Baltimore BrainFest 9/17/2016

Save the date for the first Baltimore BrainFest on September 17th, 2016

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Our Experts

Dr. Alfredo Kirkwood

Professor, Department of Neuroscience

Dr. Fred Bronstein

Dean of the Peabody Institute

Dr. Kristina Nielsen

Assistant Professor, Department of Neuroscience

Dr. Joshua Vogelstein

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

Dr. Dana Boatman

Professor, Departments of Neurology and Otolaryngology

Dr. Marshall Shuler

Assistant Professor, Department of Neuroscience

Dr. Tamar Mendelson

Associate Professor, Department of Mental Health

Dr. Kellie Tamashiro

Associate Professor, Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences

Dr. Kyle Rawlins

Assistant Professor and Interim Director of Graduate Studies, Department of Cognitive Science

Dr. Peter Barker

Professor, Departments of Radiology & Oncology; Research Scientist at the Kennedy Krieger...

Dr. Tracy Vannorsdall

Assistant Professor, Departments of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences and Neurology

Dr. David Andrews

Dean, School of Education

Dr. Kelly R. Fisher

Associate Director, Science of Learning Institute and Assistant Professor in the School of Education

Dr. Mark Chevillet

Program Manager, Applied Physics Laboratory

Dr. Daniel O’Connor

Assistant Professor, Brain Science Institute, Department of Neuroscience

Dr. Paul Rothman

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

Eleanor Chodroff

Distinguished Science of Learning Fellow

Dr. Jason Eisner

Professor, Department of Computer Science