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My research interests centre on autism spectrum conditions (ASC). Within this broad domain, I use neurometabolic (MRI, DTI) and electrophysiological (EEG, MEG) methods to investigate cognitive processes in people with and without ASC. I am most interested in language and semantic processing, emotion processing, and social neuroscience. My doctoral research concerned the broad framework known as 'grounded' or 'embodied' cognition, and much of my research has considered how seemingly basic sensorimotor regions of the brain may contribute to 'higher order' thought.
I am additionally interested in the female profile of autism spectrum conditions. Girls and women with ASC are an understudied group and are commonly mis- or undiagnosed as they do not fit the traditional, male conceptualisation of autism. I aspire to pursue research in this area.
Ongoing research includes: - an EEG collaboration with the Freie University of Berlin and Charite Universitätsmedizin, investigating sound and language processing in autism; - investigating mental health and non-suicidal self-injury in late-diagnosed autistic adults; - investigating the female presentation of autism spectrum conditions in adults; - investigating neural correlates of mentalizing (theory of mind).
- Moseley, R. and Pulvermuller, F., 2018. What can autism teach us about the role of sensorimotor systems in higher cognition? New clues from studies on language, action semantics, and abstract emotional concept processing. Cortex.
- Ypma, R.J.F., Moseley, R. et al., 2016. Default mode hypoconnectivity underlies a sex-related autism spectrum. Biological Psychiatry: Cognitive Neuroscience and Neuroimaging.
- Moseley, R.L., Correia, M.C., Baron-Cohen, S., Shtyrov, Y., Pulvermuller, F. and Mohr, B., 2016. Reduced volume of the arcuate fasciculus in adults with high-functioning autism spectrum conditions. Frontiers in Human Neuroscience.
- Moseley, R., Shtyrov, Y., Mohr, B., Lombardo, M.V., Baron-Cohen, S. and Pulvermuller, F., 2015. Lost for emotion words: what motor and limbic brain activity reveals about autism and semantic theory. Neuroimage, 104, 413-422.
- Moseley, R., Ypma, R.J.F., Holt, R.J., Floris, D., Chura, L.R., Spencer, M.D., Baron-Cohen, S., Suckling, J., Bullmore, E. and Rubinov, M., 2015. Whole-brain functional hypoconnectivity as an endophenotype of autism in adolescents. NeuroImage: Clinical, 9, 140-152.
- Moseley, R. and Pulvermuller, F., 2014. Nouns, verbs, objects, actions, and abstractions: Local fMRI activity indexes semantics, not lexical categories. Brain & Language, 132, 28-42.
- Pulvermuller, F., Moseley, R., Egorova, N., Shebani, Z. and Boulenger, V., 2014. Motor cognition–motor semantics: Action perception theory of cognition and communication. Neuropsychologia, 55, 71-84.
- Moseley, R., Pulvermuller, F., Mohr, B., Lombardo, M.V., Baron-Cohen, S. and Shtyrov, Y., 2014. Brain Routes for Reading in Adults with and without Autism: EMEG Evidence. Journal of Autism and Developmental Disorders, 44 (1), 137-153.
- Moseley, R., Mohr, B., Lombardo, M.V., Baron-Cohen, S., Hauk, O. and Pulvermuller, F., 2013. Brain and behavioral correlates of action semantic deficits in autism. Frontiers in Human Neuroscience, 7 (725), 1-10.
- Moseley, R., Pulvermuller, F. and Shtyrov, Y., 2013. Sensorimotor semantics on the spot: brain activity dissociates between conceptual categories within 150 ms. Scientific Reports, 3.
- Moseley, R., Carota, F., Hauk, O., Mohr, B. and Pulvermuller, F., 2012. A role for the motor system in binding abstract emotional meaning. Cerebral Cortex, 22, 1634-1647.
- Carota, F., Moseley, R. and Pulvermuller, F., 2012. Body-part-specific Representations of Semantic Noun Categories. Journal of Cognitive Neuroscience, 24 (6), 1492-1509.
- Moseley, R., Kiefer, M. and Pulvermuller, F., 2016. Grounding and embodiment of concepts and meaning: a neurobiological perspective. In: Coello, Y. and Fischer, M., eds. Foundations of Embodied Cognition. Psychology Press.
- Moseley, R., 2017. Ten Things I Wish People Knew About Autism. Soapbox Science. Available from: http://soapboxscience.org/ten-things-wish-people-knew-autism-meet-rachel-moseley/.
- Moseley, R., 2016. Autism is nothing to be A-shamed about: reflections on the muddled messages from the media. Soapbox Science. Available from: http://soapboxscience.org/?p=3330.
- Moseley, R., 2016. Figuring out the human brain and how being on the autism spectrum affects it. Womanthology. Available from: http://www.womanthology.co.uk/figuring-out-the-human-brain-and-how-being-on-the-autism-spectrum-affects-it-dr-rachel-moseley-lecturer-in-psychology-at-bournemouth/.
Profile of Teaching PG
- Clinical and Cognitive Neuropsychology
- Neurodevelopmental Disorders
Profile of Teaching UG
- Clinical and Developmental Psychology
- Educational Psychology and Special Educational Needs
- Experimental Methods and Statistical Analysis 2a
- Bournemouth International College Best Practice Day
- Unit Leader, Clinical and Cognitive Neuropsychology, Department of Psychology
- Unit Leader, Neurodevelopmental Disorders, Department of Psychology
- Placement coordinator (MSc), Psychology
- Programme Leader, Clinical and Developmental Neuropsychology, Psychology
Public Engagement & Outreach Activities
- Bournemouth Air Festival 2017: an interactive presentation about the brain, autism and psychology
- Soapbox Science, 2017: Speaking to the public in Milton Keynes about the brain and about autism spectrum conditions.
- Festival of Learning, 2017: 'Neurodiversity is the spice of life', a talk on autism spectrum conditions
- Festival of Learning, 2017: Your Brilliant Brain. Interactive activity stand for families, to learn about the brain.
- Soapbox Science presentation: Amazing Brains and the Autism Spectrum
- Psychology 101: Presentation to secondary school students as part of BU Summer Breaks
- Society for the Neurobiology of Language, Neurophysiological correlates of action word and sound processing in autism spectrum conditions and neurotypical controls: A mismatch negativity (MMN) study, 17 Aug 2016, University College London
- PG Certificate in Education, 18 Sep 2016
External Media and Press
- Girls with autism show anomalies in 'daydreaming' network, Spectrum News, 18 Aug 2016. https://spectrumnews.org/news/girls-autism-show-anomalies-daydreaming-network/