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Ekaterina Pechenkova

  • Ekaterina Pechenkova has been at HSE University since 2018.

Education and Degrees

  • 2009

    Candidate of Sciences* (PhD) in Psychology
    Thesis Title: Types and mechanisms of temporal displacements in temporal order perception

  • 2001

    Degree in Psychology
    Lomonosov Moscow State University

* Candidate of Sciences
According to the International Standard Classification of Education (ISCED) 2011, Candidate of Sciences belongs to ISCED level 8 - "doctoral or equivalent", together with PhD, DPhil, D.Lit, D.Sc, LL.D, Doctorate or similar. Candidate of Sciences allows its holders to reach the level of the Associate Professor.

Courses (2023/2024)

Courses (2022/2023)

Neuroscience Methods (Bachelor’s programme; Faculty of Social Sciences; 3 year, 1 module)Rus

Courses (2021/2022)

Neuroscience Methods (Bachelor’s programme; Faculty of Social Sciences; 3 year, 1 module)Rus

Courses (2020/2021)

Neuroscience Methods (Bachelor’s programme; Faculty of Social Sciences; 3 year, 1 module)Rus


Editorial board membership

  • 2022: Member of the Editorial Board ((Review Editor)), Frontiers in Neuroscience.

  • 2014: Editor-in-chief, Российский журнал когнитивной науки (The Russian Journal of Cognitive Science).

The Brain in Space: Investigating the Effects of Long Spaceflights on Space Travellers

As part of an international project conducted with the participation of Roscosmos and the European Space Agency, a team of researchers used differential tractography to analyse dMRI scans ofcosmonauts’ brains and found significant changes in brain connectivity, with some of the changes persisting after seven months back on Earth. The paper is published in Frontiers in Neural Circuits.

‘All of the Most Interesting Research Today Happens at the Borders between Different Disciplines’

The Russian Ministry of Education and Science has approved a new nomenclature of specializations in which academic degrees are conferred in Russia. The new list includes 21 new fields, including cognitive science. Maria Falikman, Head of the HSE School of Psychology, discusses the history of cognitive science, its formation at HSE, and its prospects for development.

Russian Research Team Gains Deeper Insight into the Workings of the Human Brain during Group Problem Solving

A team of Russian researchers with the participation of a leading researcher at HSE University, Ekaterina Pechenkova, found that during group problem solving the components of the social brain are co-activated, but they do not increase their coupling during cooperation as would be suggested for a holistic network. The study was published in Frontiers in Human Neuroscience.

Microgravity Changes Brain Connectivity: What Happens to the Human Brain in Weightlessness

An international team of Russian and Belgian researchers has found out that space travel has a significant impact on the brain: they discovered that cosmonauts demonstrate changes in  brain connectivity related to perception and movement. Some areas, such as regions in the insular and parietal cortices, work more synchronously with other brain areas after the space flight. On the other hand,  connectivity of some other regions, such as the cerebellum and vestibular nuclei,  decreases. The results of the study were published in Frontiers in Physiology.