Fandakova, Yana

Associate Research Scientist


As leader of the Plasticity in Children project, I seek to understand how brain maturation and cognitive development mutually influence each other and are shaped by changing environmental influences. My research examines the development of cognitive control, and its contributions to learning and memory development. I am also interested in the ways in which sensorimotor representations, experience and motivation influence the development of learning, memory and cognitive control. I adopt a multi-method approach, including training and experimental studies with children and adults that I combine with physiological measures such as structural and functional MRI or eye tracking, along with multivariate statistical methods of change and variability.

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Dr. rer. nat., Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin

Ausgewählte Publikationen

Fandakova, Y., Leckey, S., Driver, C. C., Bunge, S. A., & Ghetti, S. (2019). Neural specificity of scene representations is related to memory performance in childhood. NeuroImage. 199, 105-113.
Fandakova, Y., Bunge, S. A., Wendelken, C., Desautels, P., Hunter, L., Lee J. K., & Ghetti, S. (2018). The importance of knowing when you don’t remember: Neural signaling of retrieval failure predicts memory improvement over time. Cerebral Cortex, 28, 90–102.
Fandakova, Y., Selmeczy, D., Leckey, S., Grimm, K. J., Wendelken, C., Bunge, S. A., Ghetti, S. (2017). Changes in ventromedial prefrontal and insular cortex support the development of metamemory from childhood into adolescence. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America114, 7582-7587.
Fandakova, Y., & Bunge, S. A. (2016). What connections can we draw between research on long-term memory and student learning? Mind, Brain, and Education, 10, 135-142.
Fandakova, Y., Lindenberger, U., & Shing, Y. L. (2015). Maintenance of youth-like processing protects against false memory in later adulthood. Neurobiology of Aging, 36, 933–941.
Fandakova, Y., Shing, Y. L., & Lindenberger, U. (2013). Differences in binding and monitoring mechanisms contribute to lifespan age differences in false memory. Developmental Psychology, 49, 1822–1832.

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