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I am a postdoc in the Language leaning, Memory, and Cognition lab at Royal Holloway, University of London. The project I am currently working on is focused on morphology acquisition through reading in children and adolescents and is a collaboration with Kathy Rastle, Marc Brysbaert, and Marco Marelli.

I did my PhD at Macquarie University and University of Potsdam as part of the IDEALAB PhD programme. This work examined neural and behavioural underpinnings of encoding and consolidation in learning of novel words in one’s first and later acquired languages and was jointly supervised by Audrey Bürki, Lyndsey Nickels, and Paul Sowman.

I am interested in how we learn, retain, consolidate, and forget new information, and how different memory systems interact when we do it. In particular, I am curious about how different aspects of learning are influenced by the context in which new information is encountered as well as by its novelty compared to what we already know. I also have a keen interest in the role of sleep and age-related processes in learning. I am an advocate of open science and am always eager to learn and implement the most recent methodological and statistical tools in my research.

Short bio

  • Postdoctoral Research Fellow, Royal Holloway, University of London (June 2022 - June 2025)
  • PhD in Cognitive Science, Universities of Potsdam, Newcastle, Groningen, and Macquarie University (2022, thesis currently under examination)
  • MSc in Experimental & Clinical Linguistics (IECL), University of Potsdam (2018)
  • Diploma (BA & MA in one) in Philology, Lomonosov Moscow State University (2015)


Email me at maria dot korochkina at rhul dot ac dot uk