Áine Ní Choisdealbha

Visiting Scientist


Dr. Ní Choisdealbha is a visiting scientist working with Dr. Andrew Meltzoff. Her background is in infant EEG and eye-tracking. Her work focuses on the how infants gain motor skills, and how these new skills affect action perception, spatial cognition, and the development of a body schema.

She obtained her B.A. in Psychology and M.Sc. in Neuroscience from Trinity College Dublin, Ireland, and a Ph.D. from Lancaster University, U.K. After her Ph.D., she worked on behavioural public policy at the Economic and Social Research Institute in Dublin before taking up a postdoctoral research position at the University of Cambridge to work on the longitudinal BabyRhythm study of rhythm processing and language development in infancy and toddlerhood.

Selected publications:

Ní Choisdealbha, Á., Brady, N., & Maguinness, C. (2011). Differing roles for the dominant and non-dominant hands in the hand laterality task. Experimental Brain Research, 211, 73-85.

Ní Choisdealbha, Á., & Reid, V. (2014). The developmental cognitive neuroscience of action: semantics, motor resonance and social processing. Experimental Brain Research, 232, 1585-1597.

Ní Choisdealbha, Á., Westermann, G., Dunn, K., & Reid, V. (2016). Dissociating associative and motor aspects of action understanding: Processing of dual‐ended tools by 16‐month‐old infants. British Journal of Developmental Psychology, 34(1), 115-131.

Lunn, P. D., & Ní Choisdealbha, Á. (2018). The case for laboratory experiments in behavioural public policy. Behavioural Public Policy, 2(1), 22-40.

Ní Choisdealbha, Á., Attaheri, A., Rocha, S., Brusini, P., Flanagan, S. A., Mead, N., ... & Goswami, U. (2022). Neural detection of changes in amplitude rise time in infancy. Developmental Cognitive Neuroscience, 54, 101075.

Attaheri, A., Ní Choisdealbha, Á., Di Liberto, G. M., Rocha, S., Brusini, P., Mead, N., ... & Goswami, U. (2022). Delta-and theta-band cortical tracking and phase-amplitude coupling to sung speech by infants. NeuroImage, 247, 118698.