Dr. Nadiia Denhovska

Lecturer in Developmental Cognition

School of Psychology

Darwin Building, DB210

+44 (0) 1772 89 4455


Subject Areas: Psychology

Research Interests:

Experimental Psycholinguistics, Language and Cognition, Language and Memory, Language Acquisition, Bilingual Language Processing, Implicit and Explicit Language Learning.

Full Profile

Nadiia’s research lies at the interface of language and cognition. It dwells upon the mechanisms of language acquisition and processing, with a particular focus on second language learners and bilingual speakers. Specifically, Nadiia is interested in implicit versus explicit learning of languages and cognitive factors contributing to language learning and bilingual language use. She investigates this by conducting comparative research on children and adults, speakers of different languages, typically and atypically developing populations. Her research brings together methodological approaches from psychology, linguistics and cognitive science. It employs experimental methods – eye-tracking, reaction times (E-Prime), EEG – and statistical modelling in R, for data analysis.


Ph.D. Linguistics, University of Manchester, 2014
M.A. Linguistics, California State University Long Beach, 2010
M.A. Philology, English Language, Kyiv National Linguistic University, 2007
B.A. Philology, English Language, Kyiv National Linguistic University, 2006

Teaching Activities

Module Lead for PS4212 Language, Literacy and Learning (MSc in Child Development)
Module Lead for PS1010 Introduction to Psychobiology and Cognition (BSc Psychology)

Teaching on modules:

PS1010 Methods and Practice of Psychological Enquiry
PS1045 Current Topics in Psychology II
PS2020 Social & Developmental Psychology
PS4020 Social & Developmental Psychology


Denhovska, N. (2015). Frequency, animacy and working memory impacts on implicit learning of agreement in a second language. Australian Linguistic Society (ALS) Annual Conference, Sydney, Australia

Denhovska, N. (2014). The role of frequency and animacy in the implicit learning of a noun-adjective agreement rule in L2. Annual Meeting of Linguistics Association of Great Britain (LAGB), University of Oxford, UK

Denhovska, N. (2014). Frequency and animacy effects in the acquisition of a noun-adjective agreement rule in L2 under incidental learning conditions. Research seminar, University of Manchester, UK (invited talk)

Denhovska, N. (2013). Investigating L2 grammar knowledge acquisition under implicit and explicit learning conditions. IRIS conference “Eliciting data in second language research: Challenge and innovation”, University of York, UK

Denhovska, N. (2012). Implicit learning of a natural language grammar. Experimental Psycholinguistics Conference (ERP), Madrid, Spain

Denhovska, N. (2010). The role of frequency in implicit learning of a second language. American Association for Applied Linguistics (AAAL) Annual Conference, Atlanta, USA


Denhovska, N., Serratrice, L., & Payne, J. (2015). Acquisition of second language grammar under incidental learning conditions: The role of frequency and working memory. Language Learning, 66 (1), 1-32.


Fulbright, Australian Linguistic Society


Postdoctoral Researcher on a British Academy project, School of Psychology, University of Manchester, (2014-2015)

Fulbright Fellow at California State University Long Beach, USA (2008-2010)


“Investigating incidental learning of L2 morpho-syntax in children: The role of frequency and working memory”, in collaboration with Dr. Ludovica Serratrice (University of Manchester), Dr. Patrick Rebuschat (Lancaster University) and Dr. Georgia Chronaki (UCLan).

“Implicit learning of languages in adults with dyslexia”, in collaboration with Dr. Jeannie Judge (UCLan).

“Bilinguals’ access to their first language during the comprehension of their second language”, with Dr. Ludovica Serratrice (University of Manchester) and Dr. Andrew Stewart (University of Manchester).