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"Knowledge is power" (Francis Bacon)

Memories shape our lives more than we can ever imagine. They make us who we are. This is why the memory system in our brains is so fascinating to me.

My research is strongly influenced by my honest belief that understanding more about how memories get stored in our brains can help us to better remember information that is important to us.

I am currently a postdoctoral researcher at the VU University Amsterdam's department of Educational Neuroscience. My research aims to help students to learn well, people to remember what is valuable to them, and elderly to keep their precious memories for as long as possible!



  • RC0321 Neuroscience. Biological psychiatry. Neuropsychiatry
  • BF Psychology
  • LB Theory and practice of education

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Research Output 2007 2018

  • 16 Article
  • 3 Chapter
  • 1 PhD Thesis - Research external, graduation external
Open Access
Long-Term Memory

Learned spatial schemas and prospective hippocampal activity support navigation after one-shot learning

van Kesteren, M. T. R., Brown, T. I. & Wagner, A. D., Dec 2018, In : Frontiers in Human Neuroscience. 12, December, p. 1-16 16 p., 486.

Research output: Contribution to JournalArticleAcademicpeer-review

Open Access
Temporal Lobe
Episodic Memory

Neuroimaging of learning and development: improving ecological validity

van Atteveldt, N. M., van Kesteren, M. T. R., Braams, B. R. & Krabbendam, L., 19 Dec 2018, In : Frontline Learning Research. 6, 3

Research output: Contribution to JournalArticleAcademicpeer-review

Open Access
Magnetic Resonance Imaging

How neuroscience can inform education: A case for prior knowledge effects on memory

van Kesteren, M. T. R., Ruiter, D. & Fernández, G., 2017, Developmental Perspectives in Written Language and Literacy. Amsterdam: John Benjamins

Research output: Chapter in Book / Report / Conference proceedingChapterAcademicpeer-review

New Perspectives on the Brain Lesion Approach - Implications for Theoretical Models of Human Memory.

Irish, M. & van Kesteren, M. T. R., 6 Nov 2017, In : Neuroscience. 2018, 4 p.

Research output: Contribution to JournalArticleAcademicpeer-review

Prefrontal Cortex
Theoretical Models

Activities 2017 2017

Latin American School for Education, Cognitive and Neural Sciences

Marlieke van Kesteren (Participant)
18 Jun 201722 Jun 2017

Activity: Participating in or organising an eventConferenceAcademic

International Conference for Cognitive Neuroscience

Marlieke van Kesteren (Participant)
5 Aug 20178 Aug 2017

Activity: Participating in or organising an eventConferenceAcademic

Nederlandse Vereniging voor Psychonomie (NVP)

Marlieke van Kesteren (Participant)
14 Dec 201716 Dec 2017

Activity: Participating in or organising an eventConferenceAcademic


educational practice

Marie Curie Fellowship

M.T.R. van Kesteren (Recipient), 2016


Memrise Prize

M.T.R. van Kesteren (Recipient), 2017



Rubicon Fellowship

M.T.R. van Kesteren (Recipient), 2013


Travel Award Learning & Memory 2018

M.T.R. van Kesteren (Recipient), 6 Nov 2017