Mahsa completed a BSc (Hons) at the University of Central Lancashire and a Master of Research (MRes) in Psychology at the University of York. In 2016, Mahsa joined the School of Psychology at Kent as a PhD student. During her PhD she investigated the effect of social context and perspective on language processing in autism and then in 2019 she joined the ‘CogSoCoAGE’ research team as a postdoctoral researcher to work on a project awarded to Professor Heather Ferguson that investigates the cognitive basis of social communication across the lifespan.
Mahsa's primary research interest is based in social cognition and socially situated language processing in adults with and without autism. She is particularly interested in how social cognition abilities, such as Theory of Mind, visual perspective taking and empathy influence the quality of our social interactions. While working on CogSoCoAGE project , Mahsa examines the interaction between these social cognition abilities and executive functions (working memory, inhibition, task switching, and planning) and how these abilities change across the lifespan (from 10 to 80+ years old).
Mahsa is also interested in how autistic adults build mental representations of events and take the perspective of others while comprehending language. Previously she explored how context and socioemotional factors influence language comprehension in individuals with autism. Mahsa frequently uses techniques, such as event-related brain potentials (ERP/EEG), eye-tracking, facial EMG and behavioural measures to conduct research.