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Dr Victoria Mousley

  • Overview



    Dr Victoria Mousley is a postdoctoral researcher in the Department of Psychological Sciences, Birkbeck, University of London. She is based at the Centre for Brain and Cognitive Development's new ToddlerLab.

    Victoria obtained a PhD in developmental cognitive neuroscience from University College London in 2022. Her doctoral research focused on the relationships between early language experiences, such as interaction with caregivers, and cognitive development, particularly in children from diverse language backgrounds (e.g., spoken-language bilinguals, children learning visual signed languages from birth, and children born deaf). 

    Her current work combines a variety of methods including wearable functional near-infrared spectroscopy (fNIRS), eye-tracking, motion capture, and behavioural assessments. She is especially interested in using hyperscanning techniques to investigate social interaction in naturalistic environments with freely moving children. She is passionate about using these novel methods to understand the importance of interaction for children at risk of language deprivation.


    • PhD in Cognitive Neuroscience, University College London, 2022
    • MSc in Cognitive Neuroscience, University College London, 2018
    • BA in Psychology and Deaf Studies, College of the Holy Cross, 2017

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    Research interests

    • Developmental cognitive neuroscience
    • Social neuroscience
    • Language and cognitive development

    Research overview

    • Relationship between joint attention and toddlers' social cognitive development
    • Role of interpersonal neural synchrony in social interaction 
    • Importance of early language access for deaf children's cognitive and linguistic development
    • Development of language and cognition in children learning a visual signed language