Rachel Moseley

Dr Rachel Moseley

  • 01202 965538
  • rmoseley at bournemouth dot ac dot uk
  • Senior Lecturer (Academic) in Psychology
  • Poole House P250, Talbot Campus, Fern Barrow, Poole, BH12 5BB
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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).

Journal Articles

  • 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.
  • 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., 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.


  • Moseley, R., 2018. The Extreme Male Brain theory of autism. In: Braaten, E.B., ed. The SAGE Encyclopedia of Intellectual and Developmental Disorders. Thousand Oaks, CA: SAGE Publications, Inc., 979.
  • Moseley, R., 2018. The limbic system. In: Braaten, E.B., ed. The SAGE Encyclopedia of Intellectual and Developmental Disorders. Thousand Oaks, CA: SAGE Publications, Inc., 964-966.
  • 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.

Internet Publications

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

Invited Lectures

  • Learning Spaces in Mind and Brain, Bournemouth International College, 19 Oct 2016 more

Internal Responsibilities

  • 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

Conference Presentations

  • 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

Attended Training

  • Supporting Students Health and Wellbeing, 09 Mar 2018
  • Bid Writing Retreat - British Academy Small Grants, 14 Mar 2018
  • PG Certificate in Education, 18 Sep 2016

External Media and Press

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