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Mariya Manahova has a Bachelor’s degree in Cognitive Psychology from Bates College in the USA and a Master’s degree in Cognitive Neuroscience from Radboud University in Nijmegen, the Netherlands. For her current PhD work, she researches how we perceive the world visually and how our brains predict what we are going to see around us. For instance, how does brain activity differ when we see an image we expect compared to an image we don’t expect? Mariya also studies how different objects appear to us: how bright they seem to be or how long they seem to last for. For example, do we perceive expected or unexpected images as brighter? Do expected or unexpected images appear to last longer? Mariya tries to answer these questions in her work here at the Donders Centre.