Research scientist

Mkrtychian Nadezhda

Research interests

Nadezhda’s interests are focused in the area of general and educational psychology, psycholinguistics. At present, she is investigating the first language acquisition and is writing a PhD thesis “Psychological factors of concrete and abstract concepts acquisition in adults”. To use an interdisciplinary approach, Nadezhda studies and actively applies neuroimaging and neurostimulation research. Nadezhda belongs to a group of researchers who study concrete and abstract concepts acquisition using tDCS and EEG. 


In the Lab

She participates in the research paradigm development, conducting the experiments conducting, and statistical data analysis.


  1. Mkrtychian, N.A., Kostromina, S.N., Gnedykh, D.S., Tsvetova, D.M., Blagovechtchenski, E.D., Shtyrov, Y.Y. (2021). Psychological and electrophysiological correlates of word learning success. Psychology in Russia: State of the Art, 14(2), 171–192. DOI: 10.11621/pir.2021.0111
  2. Mkrtychian, N.; Gnedykh, D.; Blagovechtchenski, E.; Tsvetova, D.; Kostromina, S.; Shtyrov, Y. Contextual acquisition of concrete and abstract words: Behavioural and electrophysiological evidence. Brain Sci. 2021, 11, 898. DOI: 10.3390/brainsci11070898
  3. Kurmakaeva, D., Blagovechtchenski, E., Gnedykh, D. et al. Acquisition of concrete and abstract words is modulated by tDCS of Wernicke’s area. Sci Rep 11, 1508 (2021). DOI: 10.1038/s41598-020-79967-8Blagovechtchenski, E., Gnedykh, D., Kurmakaeva, D., Mkrtychian, N., Kostromina, S., Shtyrov, Y. Transcranial Direct Current Stimulation (tDCS) of Wernicke’s and Broca’s Areas in Studies of Language Learning and Word Acquisition. Journal of Visualized Experiments. 2019. – 149, e59159, . DOI: 10.3791/59159. 
  4. Mkrtychian N., Blagovechtchenski E., Kurmakaeva D., Gnedykh D., Kostromina S. and Shtyrov Y. Concrete vs. Abstract Semantics: From Mental Representations to Functional Brain Mapping. 2019. Frontiers in Human Neuroscience. 13:267. DOI: 10.3389/fnhum.2019.00267.
  5. Kostromina S.N., Mkrtychian N.A., Kurmakaeva D.M., Gnedykh D.S. The interrelationship between cognitive control and academic success of first-year students: An interdisciplinary study. Psychology in Russia: State of the Art, 2017. 10 (4), pp.60-75. DOI: 10.11621/pir.2017.0406. 
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