Aislinn Bowler

PhD Student

Research Interests

My PhD project will involve an innovative industry-academia collaboration with Mindwave Ventures. My research will focus on identifying developmental trajectories of infant neurocognitive development. A major challenge for infant research is the rapid pace of infant development and the large time and financial costs of lab assessments. I will develop a smartphone app which would deliver frequent, home-based, assessments. The app would provide fine-grained longitudinal “big data”, which I will utilise in investigations of inter-individual and intra-individual variation in developmental milestones over infancy.



Prof. Angelica Ronald (Birkbeck)

Prof. Pasco Fearon (UCL)

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., 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.

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.

Moses-Payne, M. E., Habicht, J., Bowler, A., Steinbeis, N., & Hauser, T. U. (2020). I know better! Emerging metacognition allows adolescents to ignore false advice [Preprint]. PsyArXiv.

Dubois, M., Bowler, A., Moses-Payne, M., Habicht, J., Steinbeis, N., & Hauser, T. (2020). Tabula-rasa exploration decreases during youth and is linked to ADHD symptoms [Preprint]. Neuroscience.

Bach, D. R., Moutoussis, M., Bowler, A., NSPN Consortium, & Dolan, R. J. (2020). Predictors of risky foraging behaviour in healthy young people. Nature Human Behaviour.

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.

Conference Presentations

Bowler, A., Karmiloff-Smith, A., Hill, E. A., D’Souza, H., Mayall, L., & Farran, E. (2017, June). Motor skills in Children with ADHD and Typical Development. Presented at the Neurodevelopmental Disorder Annual Seminar, Kingston University, London.