Ryssa Moffat

PhD - Social Neuroscientist - Aspiring surfer


Postdoctoral Research Fellow, SoBA Lab, Macquarie University (2021-present)

PhD in Cognitive Science. Joint degree from Macquarie University, Newcastle University, Universities of Groningen & Potsdam (2022)

M.Sc. in Clinical Linguistics. Joint degree from Universities of Eastern Finland, Groningen & Potsdam (2019)

HBA Major in German Language and Culture, Minor in Linguistics. University of Ottawa (2016)

Full CV available here.




Caruana, Moffat, Blanco & Cross. Perceptions of intelligence & sentience shape children’s interactions with robot reading companions: A mixed methods study. Under review. doi: 10.31234/osf.io/7t2w9

Moffat, Başkent, Luke, McAlpine & van Yper. Cortical haemodynamic responses predict individual ability to recognise vocal emotions with uninformative pitch cues but do not distinguish different emotions. Under review. doi: 10.31234/osf.io/jkvyd

Moffat. (2022). Recognition and cortical haemodynamics of vocal emotions – an fNIRS perspective. PhD Thesis. doi: 10.33612/diss.215902776

Moffat, Caruana & Cross. Cortical activity evoked by synchronised vs. non-synchronised peer observers as detected with fNIRS. Poster presented at fNIRS2022 in Boston, Oct 9-12, 2022.

Moffat, Caruana, Blanco & Cross. A welcomed social presence: Attentive and responsive robots make good reading buddies. Poster presented at AS4SAN in Sydney, Jun 8-10, 2022.

Moffat, Başkent, Luke, McAlpine & van Yper. Cortical responses to vocal emotions with attenuated voice pitch variation measured with fNIRS. Poster presented at fNIRS2021 virtually, Oct 18-21, 2021.

About Me

In my spare time, I am an avid reader and baker, a beginner surfer and, in climates with sub-zero temperatures, also a figure skater.