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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News Highlight

SLI explores how translational science can advance science and serve society at SRCD 2017.

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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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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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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 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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SLI team takes interdisciplinary approach to characterize...

SLI team aims to understand the development of children’s block-building skill, how this spatial skill is linked to academic learning more generally, and how it can be nurtured to move children from "novice" to "expert" builders.

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SLI highlights translational science at SRCD 2017

SLI explores how translational science can advance science and serve society at SRCD 2017

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Our Experts

Dr. Rebecca Haberman

Associate Research Scientist, Department of Psychological and Brain Sciences

Dr. Robert Blum

William H. Gates Sr. Professor & Chair, Dept. of Population, Family & Reproductive Health;...

Dr. Dana Boatman

Professor, Departments of Neurology and Otolaryngology

Dr. Ed Connor

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

Dr. Constantine Frangakis

Professor, Departments of Biostatistics & Radiology

Dr. Jeremiah Cohen

Assistant Professor, Brain Science Institute, Department of Neuroscience

Dr. Joshua Ewen

Director, Clinical Neurophysiology Laboratory, Assistant Professor in the Department of...

Dr. John Desmond

Professor, Departments of Neurology and Cognitive Science

Dr. Kyle Rawlins

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

Dr. Jay Baraban

Professor, Department of Neuroscience

Dr. Michael Miller

Herschel & Ruth Seder Professor, Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering; Director,...

Dr. Karin Sandmel

Assistant Professor, Department of Special Education

Dr. Fred Bronstein

Dean of the Peabody Institute

Dr. Steven Holochwost

Research Scientist

Dr. Vikram Chib

Assistant Professor, Department of Biomedical Engineering

Dr. Jaqueline Nunn

Associate Dean, Technology Columbia Center, School of Education

Dr. Kelly Fisher

Associate Director

Dr. Bruno Jedynak

Associate Research Professor, Department of Applied Mathematics & Statistics; Center for Imaging...