Dr. María Herrojo Ruiz


Goldsmiths University of London
Department of Psychology



Current academic positions

Senior Lecturer in Psychology at Goldsmiths University of London (UK).

Co-Director of the MSc in Computational cognitive Neuroscience at Goldsmiths (UK).

Leading Research Fellow at the Institute of Cognitive Neuroscience of the Higher School of Economics, Moscow (Russia).


Research interests

My research focuses on methodological and computational approaches to study central questions regarding the neural bases of sensorimotor learning and motor control in healthy and clinical populations.

Another line of research focuses on understanding the effect of anxiety on motor and perceptual learning. With the support of the British Academy and Leverhulme trust, we are using neuroscientific methods and computational modelling to investigate the effect of anxiety on motor variability to assess motor skill learning. In addition, in a new PhD project funded by the Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC), we are combining computational modelling with brain imaging methods to investigate the impact of everyday experiences such as anxiety, motivation, and prior expectations upon learning.


In my research, I use electroencephalography, magnetoencephalography, intracraneal recordings and deep brain stimulation in combination with computational modelling and machine learning methods.

General research interests:

  • Sensorimotor learning and motor control
  • Music cognition and performance
  • Computational Modelling
  • Expectation and prediction
  • Anxiety and cognitive biases
  • Bayesian inference
  • Statistics
  • Neurological disorders
  • Deep brain stimulation
  • Dynamical systems
  • Stochastic processes