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

Nanyang Technological University (NTU Singapore) and Johns Hopkins University (JHU) – have joined forces to support leading scientists from Singapore and the United States in their multidisciplinary research into the science of learning. 

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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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News Highlight

SLI's Kelly Fisher and Susan Magsamen present at a SXSWedu conference as part of the panel discussion on translating research in early childhood education into practice across a variety of childhood settings.

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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

NSF Announces Science of Learning Program

NSF's Directorate for Social, Behavioral, and Economic Sciences announces a Science of Learning Program

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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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Our Experts

Dr. James Pekar

Manager and Research Coordinator, F. M. Kirby Research Center, Kennedy Krieger Institute ...

Dr. Ruth Faden

Andreas C. Dracopoulos Director of the Johns Hopkins Berman Institute of Bioethics and...

Dr. Akira Omaki

Assistant Professor, Department of Cognitive Science

Dr. Loyal Goff

Assistant Professor, Department of Neuroscience

Dr. Veit Stuphorn

Associate Professor, Department of Psychological and Brain Sciences, Zanvyl Krieger Mind/Brain...

Dr. Barry Gordon

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

Dr. Ralph Semmel

Director, Applied Physics Laboratory

Dr. Erica Sibinga

Associate Professor, Division of General Pediatrics & Adolescent Medicine

Dr. Mariale Hardiman

Professor & Vice Dean of Academic Affairs; Director of Neuro-Education Initiative

Dr. Greg Osgood

Chief, Orthopaedic Trauma, Department of Orthopaedic Surgery and Assistant Professor of...

Dr. Kelly R. Fisher

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

Dr. Paul Rothman

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

Dr. Anna Korzeniewska

Research Associate, Department of Neurology

Dr. Paul Worley

Professor, Department of Neuroscience

Bob Wiley

Distinguished Science of Learning Fellow

Dr. Alfredo Kirkwood

Professor, Department of Neuroscience

Dr. Raman Arora

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

Dr. Vikram Chib

Assistant Professor, Department of Biomedical Engineering