January 2018 to present: Postdoctoral researcher, Karolinska Institutet, Stockholm, Sweden


2018: PhD Neuroscience, University of Reading, UK

Thesis title: “Brain bases of meaningful and meaningless action imitation: a neurostimulation and two-person motion-tracking approach”

Supervisors: Nicholas Holmes (University of Nottingham), Anastasia Christakou, Peter Scarfe

2014: MSc Cognitive Neuroscience, University of Reading, UK

2013: BSc Psychology, University of Reading, UK

Grants and awards

2016: Economic and Social Research Council Overseas Institutional Visit, £2,410

2016: University of Reading Undergraduate Research Opportunities Program, ‘Imitating meaningful and meaningless actions: how do they differ?’, £1,320

2013: Economic and Social Research Council PhD studentship (1+3), ‘Imitation and social understanding: comparing face-to-face with video interactions’, £72,104

Organised symposia

September 2018: Reader, A.T. Beyond the video: naturalistic approaches to examining social motor behaviour. International Conference on Spatial Cognition, Rome, Italy.


September 2018: Reader, A.T. Finding meaning in movement: kinematic markers and neurostimulation in different types of action imitation. Invited talk at La Sapienza University of Rome, Rome, Italy.

June 2017: Reader, A.T. Why and how should we use two-person paradigms in social interaction research? Invited talk at The Brain-Body Gerace Meeting, Gerace, Italy.

June 2016: Reader, A.T. Introduction to TMS methodology. Talk at ESRC Brain Reading workshop, Centre for Integrative Neuroscience and Neurodynamics, Reading, UK.

September 2015: Reader, A.T., & Holmes, N.P. Keeping social interaction social: new kinematic methods and analyses for improving validity. Talk at International Conference on Spatial Cognition, Rome, Italy

July 2015: Reader, A.T. Testing the validity of video stimuli in imitation. Talk at Diversity of Social Cognition, Cologne, Germany

February 2015: Reader, A.T. A brief guide to neuroanatomy and measuring the brain. Guest speaker at Wokingham Secondary Federation A-level Psychology Conference, Wokingham, UK


May 2017: Reader, A.T., & Holmes, N.P. rTMS to left supramarginal area PF reduces digit velocity during imitation of finger gestures. Concepts, Actions, and Objects, Rovereto, Italy

April 2017: Reader, A.T., & Holmes, N.P. rTMS to left supramarginal area PF reduces digit velocity during imitation of finger gestures. Brain Twitter Conference, Twitter

July 2016: Reader, A.T., et al. The effects of rTMS over the inferior parietal lobule on the imitation of meaningful and meaningless actions. Virtual Social Interaction, Salford, UK

August 2014: Reader, A.T., & Holmes, N.P. The effects of face-to-face versus video feedback on imitation. Social Cognition, Surrey, UK

Ad-hoc peer review

Frontiers in Human Neuroscience (1), Journal of Experimental Psychology (1), Neuropsychologia (2), PLOS ONE (1), Quarterly Journal of Experimental Psychology (1)

Scientific societies

Swedish Society for Neuroscience