I am a PhD student in Cognitive Science, based at Macquarie University in Sydney, Australia, and at the University of Potsdam in Germany. I study how adults learn, retain, consolidate and/or forget words in their first and later-acquired languages. For instance, I am interested in how different aspects of the word learning process are affected by the context in which novel words are trained. My research interests also concern the interplay between different memory systems at different stages of word acquisition, and how this is influenced by familiarity/novelty of new information compared to already existing knowledge. I also have a keen interest in the role of sleep and age-related processes in word learning. I use behavioral and electrophysiological methods to examine these issues, and I am also very enthusiastic about statistics and computational modelling.

My amazing supervisors are Audrey B├╝rki from UP, and Lyndsey Nickels and Paul Sowman from MQ.

Short bio

  • PhD in Cognitive Science, IDEALAB (2021, expected)
  • 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 hdr dot mq dot edu dot au

  • Pre-registrations, data and scripts from my projects are available at OSF
  • I also have a profile at ResearchGate but it is not updated regularly