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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With a 1.4 million federal grant from the Institute of Education Sciences, SLI researchers will test a novel approach to teaching 3rd-grade science.

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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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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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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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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

Dr. Paul Smolensky

Krieger-Eisenhower Professor of Cognitive Science

Dr. Shreesh Mysore

Assistant Professor, Department of Psychological and Brain Sciences

Dr. Roghayeh Barmaki

Postdoctoral Researcher, Laboratory for Computational Sensing and Robotics, Department of Computer...

Dr. Kristina Nielsen

Assistant Professor, Department of Neuroscience

Dr. Michael Miller

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

Dr. Jaqueline Nunn

Associate Dean, Technology Columbia Center, School of Education

Dr. Bonnie Nozari

Assistant Professor, Departments of Neurology and Cognitive Science

Dr. Susan Courtney

Professor, Department of Psychological and Brain Sciences

Dr. Donald Geman

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

Dr. Michael McCloskey

Professor, Department of Cognitive Science; Director of Undergraduate Studies

Dr. Colin Wilson

Associate Professor, Department of Cognitive Science

Dr. Marshall Hussain Shuler

Assistant Professor, Department of Neuroscience

Dr. Kyle Rawlins

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

Dr. Gail Geller

Director of Educational Initiatives, Berman Institute of Bioethics 

Dr. Chaz Firestone

Assistant Professor, Department of Psychological and Brain Sciences  

Dr. Sara Johnson

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

Dr. Jay Baraban

Professor, Department of Neuroscience

Dr. Jason Eisner

Professor, Department of Computer Science