Ryssa Moffat

PhD - Social Neuroscientist - Aspiring surfer


Postdoctoral Researcher, SoBA Lab, ETH Zürich (June 2023 - present)

Postdoctoral Research Fellow, SoBA Lab, Macquarie University (Sep 2021 - June 2023)

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.




Moffat & Cross. (2024). Evaluations of dyadic synchrony: Observers’ traits influence estimation and enjoyment of synchrony in mirror-game movements. Scientific Reports. doi: 10.1038/s41598-024-53191-0

Moffat. (2024). Invisible mechanisms of interpersonal alignment. Nature Reviews Psychology. doi: 10.1038/s44159-024-00284-2

Moffat, Casale & Cross. (2024). Mobile fNIRS for exploring inter-brain synchrony across generations and time. Front. Neuroergonomics.doi: 10.3389/fnrgo.2023.1260738

Moffat* & Cross. (2023). Awareness of embodiment enhances enjoyment and engages sensorimotor cortices. Under review. doi: 10.31234/osf.io/y5s89

Cross*, Darda*, Moffat, Munoz, Humphries & Kirsch. (2023). Delightful Duets: Motor synchrony and mutual gaze enhance dance enjoyment and perceptions of socialness. Under review. (*equal contribution)

Casale*, Moffat* & Cross. (2023). Aesthetic evaluation of body movements shaped by embodiment and arts experience: Insights from behaviour and fNIRS. Under review. doi: 10.31234/osf.io/n24kc (*equal contribution)

Moffat, Başkent, Luke, McAlpine & van Yper. (2023). Cortical haemodynamic responses predict individual ability to recognise vocal emotions with uninformative pitch cues but do not distinguish different emotions. Human Brain Mapping. doi: 10.1002/hbm.26305

Caruana, Moffat, Blanco & Cross. (2023). Perceptions of intelligence & sentience shape children’s interactions with robot reading companions. Scientific Reports. doi: 10.1038/s41598-023-32104-7

Caruana, Moffat, Blanco & Cross. (2022). Talk, listen and keep me company: A mixed methods analysis of children’s perspectives towards robot reading companions. Proceedings of the 10th International Conference on Human-Agent Interaction. doi: 10.1145/3527188.3563917

Moffat, Caruana & Cross. Synchronised interactions with a peer observer increase self-monitoring during response inhibition: An fNIRS study. Under review. doi: 10.31234/osf.io/2n8sv

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

Casale, Moffat & Cross. Arts engagement and embodied experience shape our aesthetic perceptions of socially-intentioned body movements. Poster presented at ACNS in Sydney, Nov 27-30, 2023.

Peterson, Roberts, Moffat & Polito. The relationship between altered states of conciousness, nature relatedness, and pro-environmental behaviour. Poster presented at 3rd Annual Psychedelics Symposium in Madison, Nov 2-3, 2023.

Moffat & Cross. Observer’s traits predict accuracy of synchrony estimation and enjoyment of dyadic mirror-game movements. Talk presented at 9th Joint Action Meeting in Budapest, July 10-12, 2023.

Moffat & Cross. Quantifying observed motor synchrony: Movement predictability and interindividual traits predict accuracy. Poster presented at EPC2023 in Canberra, Apr 12-14, 2023.

Casale, Moffat & Cross. Art experience enhances enjoyment of dynamic human movement. Poster presented at EPC2023 in Canberra, Apr 12-14, 2023.

Moffat, Caruana & Cross. Cortical correlates of inhibition when observed by synchronised vs. non-synchronised peers. Talk presented at Neuroscience (SFN) in San Diego, Nov 12-16, 2022.

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.