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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Educators and school leaders 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 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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Dr. Barbara Landau, is among the 84 newly elected members of the National Academy of Sciences, in recognition of their distinguished and continuing original research.

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After seeing students' enthusiasm for his line of work during a visit to Patterson High School, Distinguished Science of Learning Fellow Corbin Cunningham designed a daylong program on Hopkins' campus that exposed them to the fun — and accessibility — of college-level science.

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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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Recent News

Flamingos, elephants, and sharks: How do blind adults learn about...

Study finds that people born blind develop rich and accurate ideas about appearance based on cultural inference

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SLI-funded scientists ask what animal brains have in common with...

In an effort to improve robotic swarming algorithms, an interdisciplinary team of scientists will study how the brain allows an animal to navigate and change its route while moving.

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Barbara Landau, elected to the National Academy of Sciences

Barbara Landau elected to the National Academy of Sciences

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Our Experts

Emily Coderre

Distinguished Science of Learning Fellow

Dr. Loyal Goff

Assistant Professor, Department of Neuroscience

Dr. Donald Geman

Professor, Department of Applied Mathematics and Statistics, Center for Imaging Science

Amanda Therrien

Distinguished Science of Learning Fellow

Dr. Howard Egeth

Professor, Department of Psychological and Brain Sciences

Dr. Mikhail Pletnikov

Professor of Psychiatry

Dr. Marshall Hussain Shuler

Assistant Professor, Department of Neuroscience

Dr. Sunil Kumar (Chair)

Provost and Senior Vice President for Academic Affairs

Dr. Rebecca Haberman

Associate Research Scientist, Department of Psychological and Brain Sciences

Dr. Kristin Gagnier

Director of Dissemination, Translation, and Education, Science of Learning Institute and Visiting...

Dr. Sara Johnson

Associate Professor, Department of Pediatrics, Department of Population, Family, and...

Dr. Lieny Jeon

Assistant Professor

Dr. Martin Lindquist

Associate Professor, Department of Biostatistics

Dr. Bruno Jedynak

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

Dr. David Linden

Professor of Neuroscience

Dr. Gregory Hager

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

Dr. Benjamin Van Durme

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

Dr. Ed Connor

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