Ioanna Markostamou graduated with a BSc in Psychology from the University of Crete, Greece. After spending a semester in the School of Psychology in the University of Salamanca, Spain, she continued her MSc studies in Cognitive Psychology and Neuropsychology in the School of Psychology at the Aristotle University of Thessaloniki, Greece.

During that time, Ioanna worked on several research projects investigating various forms of cognitive and affective processing in healthy children and adults, and also in clinical populations, mainly with neurological disorders. She also worked on research projects investigating the long term effects of early life experiences (i.e early life stress and environmental enrichment) on cognitive and emotional behaviour and hippocampal plasticity of rodents exposed to neonatal hypoxia-ischemia.

Ioanna began her PhD fellowship as an Early Stage Researcher within the Marie Curie Initial Training Network LanPercept at the University of East Anglia in September 2013. In broad terms, LanPercept will develop cutting edge techniques to understand vision-language mapping across the life-span in typically and atypically developing populations. In her project, Ioanna investigates spatial language and non-linguistic spatial abilities in healthy adults and patients with Alzheimer’s disease.

As an associate tutor Ioanna leads support sessions on the BSc Undergraduate Programme in the School of Psychology.

All Publications

Markostamou, I., Ioannidis, A., Dandi, E., Mandyla, M., Nousiopoulou, E., Simeonidou, C., Spandou, E., Tata, D. A.


Maternal separation prior to neonatal hypoxia-ischemia: Impact on emotional aspects of behavior and markers of synaptic plasticity in hippocampus,

in International Journal of Developmental Neuroscience


pp. 1–12

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Tata, D. A., Markostamou, I., Ioannidis, A., Gkioka, M., Simeonidou, C., Anogianakis, G., Spandou, E.


Effects of maternal separation on behavior and brain damage in adult rats exposed to neonatal hypoxia–ischemia,

in Behavioural Brain Research


pp. 51-61

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Markostamou, I., Rudolf, J., Tsiptsios, I., Kosmidis, M. H.


Impaired executive functioning after left anterior insular stroke: a case report,

in Neurocase



pp. 148-153

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Markostamou, I., Coventry, K., Fox, C., McInnes, L.


Both symbolic and embodied representations contribute to spatial language processing: Evidence from younger and older adults,

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Key Research Interests

Ioanna’s current research will examine the mapping between spatial language and nonlinguistic spatial ability in adults who are ageing typically and atypically. More particularly, the performance on tasks of spatial language and navigation as well as the underlying neuronal activity will be assessed in healthy adults and patients at an early stage of Alzheimer’s disease.

A cross-sectional design will be applied and a variety of methods will be used, including virtual environments, neuropsychological and behavioural measurements, and functional magnetic resonance imaging.

The project will identify the trajectories of possible decline in spatial language and navigational abilities in typical and atypical ageing. This in turn may lead to the identification of markers of typical and atypical ageing that could be used clinically for earlier diagnosis of Alzheimer’s disease and optimum intervention designs.


Primary Supervisor:

Prof Kenny Coventry, School of Psychology, University of East Anglia

Secondary Supervisors:

Dr Lynn McInnes, Department of Psychology, Northumbria University
Dr Chris Fox, Medical School, University of East Anglia