About Us

We are cognitive psychological scientists interested in research on education. Our main research focus is on the science of learning. (Hence, "The Learning Scientists"!)

Our Vision is to make scientific research on learning more accessible to students, teachers, and other educators.

We aim to :

  • Motivate students to study
  • Increase the use of effective study and teaching strategies that are backed by research
  • Decrease negative views of testing

This is not a product or a sales pitch - just science!

Interested in how we got started? We wrote about our story in "The Learning Scientists: Our Story." (it's fun and informative!)


The Learning Scientists Co-Founders


Megan Sumeracki, PhD

Cognitive Psychological Scientist

Yana Weinstein, PhD

Cognitive Psychological Scientist


Cognitive Psychological Scientist Collaborators

Other Collaborators


Samuel Sumeracki

Communications Advisor


External Education Experts

Have a question? We can't know everything, but here is a team of experts:

Holly Shapiro, PhD

Speech Language Pathologist

Reading Expert


Veronica Yan, PhD

Postdoctoral Researcher

Desirable Difficulties and Mindset Expert


Richard Phelps, PhD

Founder & Editor, Nonpartisan Education Group

Standardized Testing Expert



Paul Kirschner, PhD

Educational Psychologist

Instructional Design & Collaborative Learning Expert


Stacey Finkelstein, PhD

Assistant Professor of Marketing

Feedback and Motivation Expert


Christopher Madan, PhD

Cognitive Scientist

Neuroscience Expert


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