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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

Fingerprint Dive into the research topics where Marlieke van Kesteren is active. These topic labels come from the works of this person. Together they form a unique fingerprint.

Prefrontal Cortex Medicine & Life Sciences
Learning Medicine & Life Sciences
Temporal Lobe Medicine & Life Sciences
Brain Medicine & Life Sciences
Information Storage and Retrieval Medicine & Life Sciences
Neuroimaging Medicine & Life Sciences
Magnetic Resonance Imaging Medicine & Life Sciences
Theoretical Models Medicine & Life Sciences

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Research Output 2007 2019

  • 17 Article
  • 3 Chapter
  • 1 PhD Thesis - Research external, graduation external

Neuroimaging of learning and development: improving ecological validity

van Atteveldt, N. M., van Kesteren, M., Braams, B. & Krabbendam, L., 5 Apr 2019, In : Frontline Learning Research. p. 186-203 18 p.

Research output: Contribution to JournalArticleAcademicpeer-review

Magnetic Resonance Imaging

Seeing the past: afterglow effects on familiarity judgments are category-specific

van Kesteren, M. T. R., de Vries, L. & Meeter, M., 1 Jul 2019, In : Learning & memory (Cold Spring Harbor, N.Y.). 26, 7, p. 229-234 6 p.

Research output: Contribution to JournalArticleAcademicpeer-review

Open Access
Recognition (Psychology)
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

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

Activities 2017 2018

International Conference for Cognitive Neuroscience

Marlieke van Kesteren (Participant)
5 Aug 20188 Aug 2018

Activity: Participating in or organising an eventConferenceAcademic

Latin American School for Education, Cognitive and Neural Sciences

Marlieke van Kesteren (Participant)
18 Jun 201822 Jun 2018

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

Marlieke van Kesteren (Recipient), 2016


Memrise Prize

Marlieke van Kesteren (Recipient), 2017



Rubicon Fellowship

Marlieke van Kesteren (Recipient), 2013


Travel Award Learning & Memory 2018

Marlieke van Kesteren (Recipient), 6 Nov 2017