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.




Cross*, Darda*, Moffat, Munoz, Humphries & Kirsch. (2023). Mutual gaze and movement synchrony boost observers' enjoyment and perception of togetherness when watching dance. Under review. doi: 10.31234/osf.io/25rwt (*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 & Cross. (2024). Awareness of embodiment enhances enjoyment and engages sensorimotor cortices. Human Brain Mapping. doi: 10.31234/osf.io/y5s89

Moffat, Roos, Casale & Cross. (2024). Dyadic body competence predicts movement synchrony during the mirror game. Frontiers in Human Neuroscience. doi: 10.3389/fnhum.2024.1401494

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, Caruana & Cross. (2024). Inhibiting responses under the watch of a recently synchronized peer increases self-monitoring: evidence from functional near-infrared spectroscopy. Open Biology. doi: 10.31234/osf.io/2n8sv

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

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.