Irina Chupina

Former Master’s student

I have always been fascinated by brain anatomy and the ways our mind works. How can our brain become so easily adapted to new sensory experiences and cognitive challenges, while simultaneously being able to get stuck in overlearned responses and unhealthy habits? Marrying this curiosity about cognitive processing with my first love of languages, I discovered the world of neurolinguistics. I am particularly interested in understanding which mechanisms support efficient functioning of language, as well as what happens in the brain and mind when it breaks down. By better understanding the neural basis of language, we can help people with post-stroke aphasia, elderly people with dementia and children with neurodevelopmental disorders to find more effective ways of communicating with others. I am really excited to be part of this incredible field.


  • Structural and functional neural connectivity
  • Hemispheric asymmetries
  • Neural oscillations
  • Domain-general cognitive networks and their relation to language
  • Lexical-semantic processing
  • Neuroplasticity and post-stroke language recovery
  • Neuromodulation in aphasia therapy
  • Cognitive ageing
  • Neuroimaging and electrophysiological research techniques

Education & Career

  • European Master's in Clinical Linguistics, 2018-2020


  • BA in Linguistics

    Herzen University, Russia