Aislinn Bowler

PhD Student

Research Interests

My PhD examines early motor skills and what they can tell us about later traits and conditions, such as ADHD and autism, and cognitive development. I am using a mixture of methods, including developing a prototype of an app to measure early motor skills, conducting a meta-analysis of existing literature, genetic and behavioural analyses looking at fine motor skills and their associations with later traits, and another genetic analysis investigating whether earlier walking has a causal effect on later language and cognitive skills and neurodevelopmental conditions.



Prof. Angelica Ronald (Birkbeck/Surrey)

Prof. Pasco Fearon (UCL/Cambridge)

Kumar Jacob (Mindwave Ventures, Industrial supervisor)



MRC iCASE studentship, UCL-Birkbeck MRC Doctoral Training Partnership



PhD in Psychology, Centre for Brain and Cognitive Development, Birkbeck College, University of London, UK (2019 – present)

MSc Educational Neuroscience, Birkbeck and the UCL Institute of Education

BSc Psychology, Sussex University 



Bowler, A., Arichi, T., Fearon, P., Meaburn, E., Begum-Ali, J., Pascoe, G., Johnson, M. H., Jones E. J. H. Jones., Ronald, A. (submitted [preprint]). Phenotypic and genetic associations between preschool fine motor skills and later neurodevelopment, psychopathology, and educational achievement. Biological Psychiatry.

Hewitt, S., Habicht, J., Bowler, A., Lockwood, P. L., & Hauser, T. U. (in press). Probing apathy in children and adolescents with the Apathy Motivation Index-Child Version. Behavior Research Methods.

Dubois, M., Bowler, A., Moses-Payne, M. E., Habicht, J., Moran, R., Steinbeis, N., & Hauser, T. U. (2022). Exploration heuristics decrease during youth. Cognitive, Affective, & Behavioral Neuroscience, 22(5), 969–983.

Habicht, J., Bowler, A., Moses-Payne, M. E., & Hauser, T. U. (2022). Children are full of optimism, but those rose-tinted glasses are fading—Reduced learning from negative outcomes drives hyperoptimism in children. Journal of Experimental Psychology: General, 151(8), 1843–1853.

Bowler, A., Habicht, J., Moses-Payne, M. E., Steinbeis, N., Moutoussis, M., & Hauser, T. U. (2021). Children perform extensive information gathering when it is not costly. Cognition, 208, 104535.

Moses-Payne, M. E., Habicht, J., Bowler, A., Steinbeis, N., & Hauser, T. U. (2021). I know better! Emerging metacognition allows adolescents to ignore false advice. Developmental Science, 24(5), e13101.

Bach, D. R., Moutoussis, M., Bowler, A., Neuroscience in Psychiatry Network consortium, & Dolan, R. J. (2020). Predictors of risky foraging behaviour in healthy young people. Nature Human Behaviour, 4(8), 832–843.

Farran, E. K., Bowler, A., D’Souza, H., Mayall, L., Karmiloff-Smith, A., Sumner, E., Brady, D., & Hill, E. L. (2020). Is the Motor Impairment in Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) a Co-Occurring Deficit or a Phenotypic Characteristic? Advances in Neurodevelopmental Disorders, 4(3), 253–270.

Farran, E. K., Bowler, A., Karmiloff-Smith, A., D’Souza, H., Mayall, L., & Hill, E. L. (2019). Cross-Domain Associations Between Motor Ability, Independent Exploration, and Large-Scale Spatial Navigation; Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder, Williams Syndrome, and Typical Development. Frontiers in Human Neuroscience, 13.