International Centre for Research
in Human Development

The center conducts interdisciplinary research of the nature and mechanisms of cognitive processes as a resource for innovative development.

Areas of Research:

  • Genetically informative studies of child development
  • Genetic and environmental factors in human development
  • Child development and personalized approaches to learning


The Centre uses methods of various sciences: experimental and cognitive psychology, cognitive neuroscience, neurophysiology, genetically informative studies (twin method and other family studies, molecular genetics, bioinformatics).


The International Center for Cognitive Research is a member of the International Network for Research in Child Health and Development.

Heads of the Center

Yulia Kovas, Professor, Goldsmiths College, University of London

Sergey Malykh, Professor, Russian Academy of Education

Laboratory for Cognitive Investigations and Behavioural Genetics

Education optimization by comprehension of genic and environmental interaction forming the basis for personal equations in cognitions, motivation and emotions associated with education


Laboratory for Investigations into Biopsychosocial Factors in Child Development

Biopsychological and social factors of child development: large-scale cohort longitudinal study


Laboratory for Cognitive Investigations in Space Exploration

Psychological and physiological basis for basic skills formation and proficiency training of operator performance in human space flight


Laboratory for Cognitive Studies of Language

Experimental study of forms and modes of mutual influence in language and cognition


Institute of Genetic, Neurobiological and Social Foundations of Child Development

Centre for Programme Evaluation and Knowledge Dissemination in Child Development

Laboratory for Investigations into Biopsychosocial Factors in Child Development

Research units


Prof. Yulia Kovas

BA, MA, BSc, MSc, PhD

Department of Psychology

Goldsmiths, University of London, England

Cognitive Science; Developmental Psychology; Genetics; Mathematical Cognition; Neuroscience; Twin Studies

Prof. Michel Boivin


School of Psychology

Laval University, Canada

Clinical Psychology; Health Psychology; Developmental Psychology; Child Development; Early Childhood Education

Jukka Hyönä


Department of Behavioral Sciences and Philosophy

University of Turku, Finland

Cognitive Psychology; Psychology; Social Cognition; Cognition; Attention

Armina Janyan


Center for Cognitive Science,

New Bulgarian University, Sofia, Bulgaria

Relationship between language, action and perception; Lateralization of cognitive processes; Bilingualism; Action processing and representation; Mental imagery; Semantic categories; Speech production and comprehension

Robert Plomin


MRC Social, Genetic and Developmental Psychiatry Centre

King's College London, London

Genetic Analysis; DNA; Genomics; Twin Studies; Behavioural Science



Associated Master’s programms

Cognitive linguistics

Actual knowledge in information and communication as well as linguistic, philosophical, psychological and sociological disciplines. Cognitive linguistics, psycholinguistics, ontolinguistics, application of cognitive studies in computer technology.


General linguistics, sociolinguistics, psycholinguistics

Topical issues of cognitive linguistics, including: language as microsimulation system, metaphoric fraction in Russian language worldview, discourse worldviews, linguistic comparative studies, intertextuality and interdiscursivity, sociolinguistic aspects of discourse analysis.


Physical education and sports development techniques

Topical issues of physical education theory and methods as well as modern techniques of sports development, biomedical basis of physical and sports training, particularities of organisation and refereeing in sporting contests.


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634050, Russia,
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