Maria Photiou is a PhD candidate in Cognitive Psychology and she works with Prof. Marios Avraamides in the Department of Psychology and the Center for Applied Neuroscience at the University of Cyprus. Maria’s research interests focus on spatial cognition and particularly in orientation and navigation skills. She currently leads the SPADE project (Spatial Updating and Domain Expertise: the case of dancers) that is funded by the Cyprus Research Promotion Foundation under the 2018 Excellence Hubs calls. The project investigates spatial skills in experienced and novice dancers using neuroimaging methods (MRI scanning) and tasks in Virtual Reality. Partners include the Cyprus University of Technology and Silversky3D VRT Ltd.

Maria has an MA and a BA in Elementary Education, both from the University of Cyprus. In addition to research, Maria teaches an undergraduate course on Educational Psychology.