Miriam A. Mosing, PhD

Research Interests

Dr. Miriam Mosing is leading the Behavior Genetics unit at the Cognitive Neuropsychology Department. Dr. Mosing also is an Associate Professor and Docent at the Department of Medical Epidemiology and Biostatistics and the Neuroscience Department at the Karolinska Institutet in Stockholm, Sweden and holds an honorable position as a Develop Research Momentum (DRM) Fellow at the Melbourne School of Psychological Sciences, University of Melbourne, Australia.

Dr. Mosing's main research interest is how genes and environment play together to produce individual differences in quality of life throughout lifespan as well as in expertise acquisition. Why do some people fare better than others throughout life in terms of cognitive, mental and somatic health? Why are some people more successful and become experts in a given field? Much of this work uses musical expertise as a model domain, and the associations between cultural engagement, wellbeing and health is another specific interest. Understanding how genetic predispositions interplay with environmental factors (including social isolation, stress, traumatic life experiences, different leisure and cultural activities) will reveal the nature of phenotypic associations observed in daily life, which will not only allow us to identify truly causal and modifiable risk/protective factors (relevant environments), but will ultimately also help us to identify those who are at greatest risk or may benefit most from interventions.

  • Family and twin designs  
  • Causal modelling 
  • Genetic and environmental factors and their interplay in 
    • skill learning and expertise acquisition 
    • associations between cultural, musical and creative engagement and (mental) health 
    • individual differences in quality of life throughout lifespan 
    • associations between social isolation, loneliness, stress, flow, leisure activities and wellbeing/mental health 


Academic Education

2008–2011PhD in Behavior Genetics, University of Queensland, School of Psychology, Brisbane, Australia
2006–2007 MSc (Cum Laude) Neuroscience, Maastricht University,Maastricht, The Netherlands
2003–2006BSc (with Academic Excellence) Bio-Psychology, Maastricht University, Maastricht, The Netherlands
2006BSc (Vice-Chancellor’s List of Academic Excellence) Psychology Coursework, One semester - Study Abroad Program ,Bond University, Gold Coast, Australia

Professional Experience

Since 08/2021Head of Behavior Genetics unit at the Max-Planck Institute for Empirical Aesthetics, Frankfurt am Main, Germany 
06/2020–Associate Professor, Dept. Medical Epidemiology and Biostatistics & Dept. Neuroscience, Karolinska Institutet, Stockholm, Sweden
02/2020–Develop Research Momentum Senior Research Fellow, Melbourne School of Psychology, Melbourne, Australia Dept. Medical Epidemiology and Biostatistics & Dept. Neuroscience (split post)
10/2016–01/2020Assistant Professor, Dept. Medical Epidemiology and Biostatistics & Dept. Neuroscience, Karolinska
01/2012–01/2015Postdoctoral Researcher, Neuroscience Department, Karolinska Institutet, Stockholm, Sweden
01/2011Gastwissenschaftlerin, Epidemiology Department, University of Southern Denmark, Odense, Host: Prof. Kaare Christensen
03/2009Gastwissenschaftlerin, Dept. Medical Epidemiology & Biostatistics, Karolinska Institutet, Stockholm, Host: Prof. Nancy Pedersen
Spring 2007Research Internship (MSc) & Research Assistant, Cognitive Psychophysiology Laboratory (CPL), UQ, Brisbane, Topic: Effects of Age and mild Traumatic Brain Injury on cognitive performance


in peer-review

Phillips, D. M., Pahlen, S. M., Munoz, E., Petkus, A. J., Christensen, K., Dahl Aslan, A. K., Franz, C. E., Kremen, W. S., Martin, N. G., Mosing, M. A., Neiderhiser, J. M., Nygaard, M., Pedersen, N. L., Vuoksimaa, E., McGue, M., Gatz, M, Reynolds, C. A., for the IGEMS Consortium (under review). Persistent Loneliness and Age-Associated Cognitive Change in Mid and Late Life. Developmental Psychology.

Niarchou, Gustavson, Sathirapongsasuti, Anglada-Tort, Eising, Bell, McArthur, Straub, 23andMe Research Team, McAuley, Capra, Ullén, Creanza, Mosing, Hinds, Davis, Jacoby & Gordon. (under review, Nature Human Behaviour). Unravelling the genetic architecture of musical rhythm: a large-scale genome-wide association study of beat synchronization. bioRxiv 836197. 2021 Preprint: https://doi.org/10.1101/836197

Zhan, Y., Mosing, M.A., Pedersen, N.L., Wirdefeldt, K., Chen, R., Fang, F. (under review). Association between Large Size at Birth and Incidence of Parkinson’s Disease. Movement disorders. 

Articles (in peer-reviewed journals)

Wesseldijk, L. W., Gordon, R. L., *Mosing, M. A., & *Ullén, F. (2021). Music and verbal ability—A twin study of genetic and environmental associations. Psychology of Aesthetics, Creativity, and the Arts, Advance online publication. doi:10.1037/aca0000401 *shared senior authorship

Wesseldijk, L. W., *Mosing, M. A., & *Ullén, F. (2021). Why is an early start of training related to musical skills in adulthood? A genetically informative study. Psychological Science, 32(1), 3-13. doi:10.1177/0956797620959014 *shared senior authorship

Scheier, M. F., Swanson, J. D., Barlow, M. A., Greenhouse, J. B., Wrosch, C.,Tindle, H. A., & the Optimism/Pessimism meta-analytic consortium (2020). Optimism versus pessimism as predictors of physical health: A comprehensive reanalysis of dispositional optimism research. American Psychologist, doi:10.1037/amp0000666

Tomata, Y., Li, X., Karlsson, I. K., Mosing, M. A., Pedersen, N. L., & Hägg, S. (2020). Joint impact of common risk factors on incident dementia: A cohort study of the Swedish Twin Registry. Journal of Internal Medicine, 288(2), 234-247. doi:10.1111/joim.13071

 Wesseldijk, L. W., *Ullén, F., & *Mosing, M. A. (2020). Does listening to music increase your ability to discriminate musical sounds? Personality and Individual Differences, 161, Article 110001. doi:10.1016/j.paid.2020.110001  *shared senior authorship

Lehto, K., Hägg, S., Lu, D., Karlsson, R., Pedersen, N. L., & Mosing, M. A. (2020). Childhood Adoption and Mental Health in Adulthood: The Role of Gene-Environment Correlations and Interactions in the UK Biobank. Biological Psychiatry, 87(8), 708-716. doi:10.1016/j.biopsych.2019.10.016  

Pedersen, N. L., Gatz, M., Finch, B. K., Finkel, D., Butler, D. A., Dahl Aslan, A., Franz, C. E., Kaprio, J., Lapham, S., McGue, M., Mosing, M. A., Neiderhiser, J., Nygaard, M., Panizzon, M., Prescott, C. A., Reynolds, C. A., Sachdev, P., & Whitfield, K. E. (2019). IGEMS: The Consortium on Interplay of Genes and Environment Across Multiple Studies — An Update. Twin Research and Human Genetics, 22(6), 809-816. doi:10.1017/thg.2019.76

Mosing, M. A., Hambrick, D. Z., & Ullén, F. (2019). Predicting musical aptitude and achievement: Practice, teaching, and intelligence. Journal of Expertise, 2(3), 184-197.

Wesseldijk, L. W., *Ullen, F., & *Mosing, M. A. (2019). The effects of playing music on mental health outcomes. Scientific Reports, 9, 12606, Article 12606. doi:10.1038/s41598-019-49099-9*shared senior authorship

Abdellaoui, A., Sanchez-Roige, S., Sealock, J., Treur, J. L., Dennis, J., Fontanillas, P., Elson, S., Nivard, M. G., Ip, H. F., van der Zee, M., Baselmans, B. M. L., Hottenga, J. J., Willemsen, G., Mosing, M., Lu, Y., Pedersen, N. L., Denys, D., Amin, N., C, M. v. D., Szilagyi, I., Tiemeier, H., Neumann, A., Verweij, K. J. H., Cacioppo, S., Cacioppo, J. T., Davis, L. K., Palmer, A. A., & Boomsma, D. I. (2019). Phenome-wide investigation of health outcomes associated with genetic predisposition to loneliness. Human Molecular Genetics, 28(22), 3853-3865. doi:10.1093/hmg/ddz219

Daníelsdóttir, H. B., Jylhävä, J., Hägg, S., Lu, Y., Colodro-Conde, L., Martin, N. G., Pedersen, N. L., Mosing, M. A., & Lehto, K. (2019). Neuroticism as a Predictor of Frailty in Old Age: A Genetically Informative Approach. Psychosom Med, 81(9), 799-807. doi:10.1097/psy.0000000000000742

 Wesseldijk, L. W., *Mosing, M. A., & *Ullén, F. (2019). Gene-environment interaction in expertise: The importance of childhood environment for musical achievement. Developmental Psychology, 55(7), 1473-1479. doi:10.1037/dev0000726 *shared senior authorship

Mosing, M. A., Lundholm, C., Cnattingius, S., Gatz, M., & Pedersen, N. L. (2018, Jul). Associations between birth characteristics and age-related cognitive impairment and dementia: A registry-based cohort study. PLoS Med, 15(7), Article 1002609. doi:10.1371/journal.pmed.1002609

Mosing, M. A., & Ullén, F. (2018, May 9). Genetic influences on musical specialization: a twin study on choice of instrument and music genre. Annals of the New York Academy of Science, 1423(1), 427-434. doi:10.1111/nyas.13626

Mosing, M. A., Butkovic, A., & Ullén, F. (2018). Can flow experiences be protective of work-related depressive symptoms and burnout? A genetically informative approach. Journal of Affective Disorders, 226, 6-11. doi:10.1016/j.jad.2017.09.017

Madison, G., Mosing, M. A., Verweij, K. J. H., Pedersen, N. L., & Ullén, F. (2016). Common genetic influences on intelligence and auditory simple reaction time in a large Swedish sample. Intelligence, 59, 157-162. doi:10.1016/j.intell.2016.10.001

Weiss, A., Baselmans, B. M., Hofer, E., Yang, J., Okbay, A., Lind, P. A., Miller, M. B., Nolte, I. M., Zhao, W., Hagenaars, S. P., Hottenga, J. J., Matteson, L. K., Snieder, H., Faul, J. D., Hartman, C. A., Boyle, P. A., Tiemeier, H., Mosing, M. A., Pattie, A., Davies, G., Liewald, D. C., Schmidt, R., De Jager, P. L., Heath, A. C., Jokela, M., Starr, J. M., Oldehinkel, A. J., Johannesson, M., Cesarini, D., Hofman, A., Harris, S. E., Smith, J. A., Keltikangas-Järvinen, L., Pulkki-Råback, L., Schmidt, H., Smith, J., Iacono, W. G., McGue, M., Bennett, D. A., Pedersen, N. L., Magnusson, P. K., Deary, I. J., Martin, N. G., Boomsma, D. I., Bartels, M., & Luciano, M. (2016). Personality Polygenes, Positive Affect, and Life Satisfaction. Twin Research and Human Genetics, 19(5), 407-417. doi:10.1017/thg.2016.65

 Okbay, A., Baselmans, B. M. L., De Neve, J.-E., Turley, P., Nivard, M. G., Fontana, M. A., Meddens, S. F. W., Linnér, R. K., Rietveld, C. A., Derringer, J., Gratten, J., Lee, J. J., Liu, J. Z., de Vlaming, R., Ahluwalia, T. S., Buchwald, J., Cavadino, A., Frazier-Wood, A. C., Furlotte, N. A., Garfield, V., Geisel, M. H., Gonzalez, J. R., Haitjema, S., Karlsson, R., van der Laan, S. W., Ladwig, K.-H., Lahti, J., van der Lee, S. J., Lind, P. A., Liu, T., Matteson, L., Mihailov, E., Miller, M. B., Minica, C. C., Nolte, I. M., Mook-Kanamori, D., van der Most, P. J., Oldmeadow, C., Qian, Y., Raitakari, O., Rawal, R., Realo, A., Rueedi, R., Schmidt, B., Smith, A. V., Stergiakouli, E., Tanaka, T., Taylor, K., Thorleifsson, G., Wedenoja, J., Wellmann, J., Westra, H.-J., Willems, S. M., Zhao, W., Amin, N., Bakshi, A., Bergmann, S., Bjornsdottir, G., Boyle, P. A., Cherney, S., Cox, S. R., Davies, G., Davis, O. S. P., Ding, J., Direk, N., Eibich, P., Emeny, R. T., Fatemifar, G., Faul, J. D., Ferrucci, L., Forstner, A. J., Gieger, C., Gupta, R., Harris, T. B., Harris, J. M., Holliday, E. G., Hottenga, J.-J., De Jager, P. L., Kaakinen, M. A., Kajantie, E., Karhunen, V., Kolcic, I., Kumari, M., Launer, L. J., Franke, L., Li-Gao, R., Liewald, D. C., Koini, M., Loukola, A., Marques-Vidal, P., Montgomery, G. W., Mosing, M. A., Paternoster, L., Pattie, A., Petrovic, K. E., Pulkki-Råback, L., Quaye, L., Räikkönen, K., Rudan, I., Scott, R. J., Smith, J. A., Sutin, A. R., Trzaskowski, M., Vinkhuyzen, A. E., Yu, L., Zabaneh, D., Attia, J. R., Bennett, D. A., Berger, K., Bertram, L., Boomsma, D. I., Snieder, H., Chang, S.-C., Cucca, F., Deary, I. J., van Duijn, C. M., Eriksson, J. G., Bültmann, U., de Geus, E. J. C., Groenen, P. J. F., Gudnason, V., Hansen, T., Hartman, C. A., Haworth, C. M. A., Hayward, C., Heath, A. C., Hinds, D. A., Hyppönen, E., Iacono, W. G., Järvelin, M.-R., Jöckel, K.-H., Kaprio, J., Kardia, S. L. R., Keltikangas-Järvinen, L., Kraft, P., Kubzansky, L. D., Lehtimäki, T., Magnusson, P. K. E., Martin, N. G., McGue, M., Metspalu, A., Mills, M., de Mutsert, R., Oldehinkel, A. J., Pasterkamp, G., Pedersen, N. L., Plomin, R., Polasek, O., Power, C., Rich, S. S., Rosendaal, F. R., den Ruijter, H. M., Schlessinger, D., Schmidt, H., Svento, R., Schmidt, R., Alizadeh, B. Z., Sørensen, T. I. A., Spector, T. D., Starr, J. M., Stefansson, K., Steptoe, A., Terracciano, A., Thorsteinsdottir, U., Thurik, A. R., Timpson, N. J., Tiemeier, H., Uitterlinden, A. G., Vollenweider, P., Wagner, G. G., Weir, D. R., Yang, J., Conley, D. C., Smith, G. D., Hofman, A., Johannesson, M., Laibson, D. I., Medland, S. E., Meyer, M. N., Pickrell, J. K., Esko, T., Krueger, R. F., Beauchamp, J. P., Koellinger, P. D., Benjamin, D. J., Bartels, M., Cesarini, D., & LifeLines Cohort, S. (2016, 2016/06/01). Genetic variants associated with subjective well-being, depressive symptoms, and neuroticism identified through genome-wide analyses. Nature Genetics, 48(6), 624-633. doi:10.1038/ng.3552

Mosing, M. A., Verweij, K. J. H., Madison, G., & Ullén, F. (2016). The genetic architecture of correlations between perceptual timing, motor timing, and intelligence. Intelligence, 57, 33-40. doi:10.1016/j.intell.2016.04.002

Mosing, M. A., Verweij, K. J. H., Abé, C., de Manzano, Ö., & Ullén, F. (2016). On the relationship between domain-specific creative achievement and sexual orientation in Swedish twins. Archives of Sexual Behavior, 45(7), 1799-1806. doi:10.1007/s10508-016-0708-4

Verweij, K. J. H., Mosing, M. A., Ullén, F., & Madison, G. (2016). Individual differences in personality masculinity-femininity: Examining the effects of genes, environment, and prenatal hormone transfer. Twin Research and Human Genetics, 19(2), 87-96. doi:10.1017/thg.2016.8

Mosing, MA, Madison, G, Pedersen, NL, Ullén, F. (2016). Investigating cognitive transfer within the framework of music practice: Genetic pleiotropy rather than causality. Developmental Science 19 (3), pp. 504-12. 

Mosing, M. A., Cnattingius, S., Gatz, M., Neiderhiser, J. M., & Pedersen, N. L. (2016). Associations Between Fetal Growth and Self-Perceived Health Throughout Adulthood: A Co-twin Control Study. Behavior Genetics, 46(3), 457-466. doi:10.1007/s10519-015-9776-9   

Ullén, F., Hambrick, D. Z., & Mosing, M. A. (2016). Rethinking expertise: A multifactorial gene–environment interaction model of expert performance. Psychological Bulletin, 142(4), 427-446. doi:10.1037/bul0000033

*Mosing, M. A., *Verweij, K. J. H., Madison, G., Pedersen, N. L., Zietsch, B. P., & Ullén, F. (2015). Did sexual selection shape human music? Testing predictions from the sexual selection hypothesis of music evolution using a large genetically informative sample of over 10,000 twins. Evolution and Human Behavior, 36(5), 359-366. doi:10.1016/j.evolhumbehav.2015.02.004 * Joint first authors

Theorell, T., Lennartsson, A. K., Madison, G., Mosing, M. A., & Ullén, F. (2015). Predictors of continued playing or singing--from childhood and adolescence to adult years. Acta Paediatrica 104(3), 274-284. doi:10.1111/apa.12870

Mosing, M. A., Pedersen, N. L., Madison, G., & Ullén, F. (2014). Genetic pleiotropy explains associations between musical auditory discrimination and intelligence. PLoS ONE, 9(11), Article e113874. doi:10.1371/journal.pone.0113874

Ullén, F., Mosing, M. A., & Madison, G. (2015). Associations between motor timing, music practice, and intelligence studied in a large sample of twins. Annals of the New York Academy of Sciences, 1337(1), 125-129. doi:10.1111/nyas.12630

Butkovic, A., Ullén, F., & Mosing, M. A. (2015). Personality related traits as predictors of music practice: Underlying environmental and genetic influences. Personality and Individual Differences, 74, 133-138. doi:10.1016/j.paid.2014.10.006

Mosing, M. A., Madison, G., Pedersen, N. L., Kuja-Halkola, R., & Ullén, F. (2014). Practice does not make perfect: No causal effect of music practice on music ability. Psychological Science, 25(9), 1795-1803. doi:10.1177/0956797614541990

Sprangers, M. A., Thong, M. S., Bartels, M., Barsevick, A., Ordoñana, J., Shi, Q., Wang, X. S., Klepstad, P., Wierenga, E. A., Singh, J. A., & Sloan, J. A. (2014). Biological pathways, candidate genes, and molecular markers associated with quality-of-life domains: an update. Quality of Life Research, 23(7), 1997-2013. doi:10.1007/s11136-014-0656-1

Theorell, T. P., Lennartsson, A.-K., Mosing, M. A., & Ullén, F. (2014). Musical activity and emotional competence - a twin study. Frontiers in Psychology, 5, 774-774. doi: 10.3389/fpsyg.2014.00774

Ullén, F., Mosing, M. A., Holm, L., Eriksson, H., & Madison, G. (2014). Psychometric properties and heritability of a new online test for musicality, the Swedish Musical Discrimination Test. Personality and Individual Differences, 63, 87-93. doi:10.1016/j.paid.2014.01.057

Ordoñana, J. R., Bartels, M., Boomsma, D. I., Cella, D., Mosing, M., Oliveira, J. R., Patrick, D. L., Veenhoven, R., Wagner, G. G., & Sprangers, M. A. (2013). Biological pathways and genetic mechanisms involved in social functioning. Quality of Life Research, 22(6), 1189-1200. doi:10.1007/s11136-012-0277-5

Mosing, M. A., Pedersen, N. L., Cesarini, D., Johannesson, M., Magnusson, P. K., Nakamura, J., Madison, G., & Ullén, F. (2012). Genetic and environmental influences on the relationship between flow proneness, locus of control and behavioral inhibition. PLoS ONE, 7(11), Article e47958. doi:10.1371/journal.pone.0047958

Mosing, M. A., Magnusson, P. K. E., Pedersen, N. L., Nakamura, J., Madison, G., & Ullén, F. (2012). Heritability of Poneness for Psychological Flow Experiences. Personality and Individual Differences, 53(5), 699-704. doi:10.1016/j.paid.2012.05.035

Mosing, M. A., Mellanby, J., Martin, N. G., & Wright, M. J. (2012). Genetic and Environmental Influences on Analogical and Categorical Verbal and Spatial Reasoning in 12-Year Old Twins. Behavior Genetics, 42(5), 722-731. doi:10.1007/s10519-012-9540-3

Lee, T., Mosing, M. A., Henry, J. D., Trollor, J. N., Ames, D., Martin, N. G., Wright, M. J., Sachdev, P. S., & Team, O. R. (2012). Genetic Influences on Four Measures of Executive Functions and Their Covariation with General Cognitive Ability: The Older Australian Twins Study. Behavior Genetics, 42(4), 528-538. doi:10.1007/s10519-012-9526-1

Mosing, M. A., Medland, S. E., McRae, A., Landers, J. G., Wright, M. J., & Martin, N. G. (2012). Genetic Influences on Life Span and Its Relationship to Personality: A 16-Year Follow-Up Study of a Sample of Aging Twins. Psychosomatic Medicine, 74(1), 16-22. doi:10.1097/PSY.0b013e3182385784

Lee, T., Mosing, M. A., Henry, J. D., Trollor, J. N., Lammel, A., Ames, D., Martin, N. G., Wright, M. J., & Sachdev, P. S. (2012). Genetic Influences on Five Measures of Processing Speed and Their Covariation with General Cognitive Ability in the Elderly: The Older Australian Twins Study. Behavior Genetics, 42(1), 96-106.  doi:10.1007/s10519-011-9474-1

Barsevick, A., Frost, M., Zwinderman, A., Hall, P., Halyard, M., & GENEQOL Consortium. (2010). I'm so tired: biological and genetic mechanisms of cancer-related fatigue. Quality of Life Research, 19(10), 1419-1427, Article 9757.  doi:10.1007/s11136-010-9757-7  

Sprangers, M. A. G., Sloan, J. A., Barsevick, A., Chauhan, C., Dueck, A. C., Raat, H., Shi, Q., Van Noorden, C. J. F., & GENEQOL Consortium. (2010). Scientific imperatives, clinical implications, and theoretical underpinnings for the investigation of the relationship between genetic variables and patient-reported quality-of-life outcomes. Quality of Life Research: An International Journal of Quality of Life Aspects of Treatment, Care and Rehabilitation, 19(10), 1395-1403, Article 9759. doi:10.1007/s11136-010-9759-5

Mosing, M. A., Verweij, K. J. H., Medland, S. E., Painter, J., Gordon, S. D., Heath, A. C., Madden, P. A., Montgomery, G. W., & Martin, N. G. (2010). A genome-wide association study of self-rated health. Twin research and human genetics: the official journal of the International Society for Twin Studies, 13(4), 398-403. doi:10.1375/twin.13.4.398

Mosing, M. A., Pedersen, N. L., Martin, N. G., & Wright, M. J. (2010). Sex Differences in the Genetic Architecture of Optimism and Health and Their Interrelation: A Study of Australian and Swedish Twins. Twin Research and Human Genetics, 13(4), 322-329. doi:10.1375/twin.13.4.322

Sprangers, M. A. G., Bartels, M., Veenhoven, R., Baas, F., Martin, N. G., Mosing, M., Movsas, B., Ropka, M. E., Shinozaki, G., Swaab, D., & GENEQUOL Consortium. (2010). Which patient will feel down, which will be happy? The need to study the genetic disposition of emotional states. Quality of life research : an international journal of quality of life aspects of treatment, care and rehabilitation, 19(10), 1429-1437, Article 9652. doi:10.1007/s11136-010-9652-2

Mosing, M. A., Gordon, S. D., Medland, S. E., Statham, D. J., Nelson, E. C., Heath, A. C., Martin, N. G., & Wray, N. R. (2009). Genetic and environmental influences on the co-morbidity between depression, panic disorder, agoraphobia, and social phobia: a twin study. Depression and anxiety, 26(11), 1004-1011. doi:10.1002/da.20611

Sprangers, M. A. G., Sloan, J. A., Veenhoven, R., Cleeland, C. S., Halyard, M. Y., Abertnethy, A. P., Baas, F., Barsevick, A. M., Bartels, M., Boomsma, D. I., Chauhan, C., Dueck, A. C., Frost, M. H., Hall, P., Klepstad, P., Martin, N. G., Miaskowski, C., Mosing, M., Movsas, B., Van Noorden, C. J. F., Patrick, D. L., Pedersen, N. L., Ropka, M. E., Shi, Q., Shinozaki, G., Singh, J. A., Yang, P., & Zwinderman, A. H. (2009). The establishment of the GENEQOL consortium to investigate the genetic disposition of patient-reported quality-of-life outcomes. Twin research and human genetics : the official journal of the International Society for Twin Studies, 12(3), 301-311. doi:10.1375/twin.12.3.301

Mosing, M. A., Zietsch, B. P., Shekar, S. N., Wright, M. J., & Martin, N. G. (2009). Genetic and environmental influences on optimism and its relationship to mental and self-rated health: a study of aging twins. Behav Genet, 39(6), 597-604. doi:10.1007/s10519-009-9287-7

Book Chapters

Mosing, M. A., Madison, G., Pedersen, N. L., Kuja-Halkola, R., & Ullén, F. (2021). Genetics and musical expertise. In W. F. Thompson & K. N. Olsen (Eds.), The Science and Psychology of Music: From Mozart at the Office to Metallica at the Gym (pp. 64-68). ABC-CLIO, LLC.  Retrieved from http://publisher.abc-clio.com/9781440857720.

Ullén, F., de Manzano, Ö., & Mosing, M. A. (2019). Neural Mechanisms of Expertise. In P. Ward, J. M. Schraagen, & E. M. Roth (Eds.), The Oxford Handbook of Expertise. Oxford University Press. doi:10.1093/oxfordhb/9780198795872.013.6

Grasby, K. L., Verweij, K. J. H., Mosing, M. A., Zietsch, B. P., & Medland, S. E. (2017). Estimating Heritability from Twin Studies. In R. C. Elston (Ed.), Statistical Human Genetics: Methods and Protocols (pp. 171-194). Springer New York. doi:10.1007/978-1-4939-7274-6_9

Mosing, M., Peretz, I., & Ullén, F. (2017). Genetic influences on music expertise. In D. Z. Hambrick, G. Campitelli, & B. N. Macnamara (Eds.), The Science of Expertise: Behavioral, Neural, and Genetic Approaches to Complex Skill.  Routledge, Frontiers of Cognitive Psychology. doi:10.4324/9781315113371 

Ullén, F., Mosing, M. A., & Hambrick, D. Z. (2017). The Multifactorial Gene-Environment Interaction Model (Mgim) Of Expert Performance. In D. Z. Hambrick, G. C. Campitelli, & B. N. Macnamara (Eds.), The Science of Expertise: Behavioral, Neural, and Genetic Approaches to Complex Skill (pp. 365-375). Routledge, Frontiers of Cognitive Psychology. doi:10.4324/9781315113371

Thompson, W. F., Mosing, M. A., & Ullén, F. (2017). Musical expertise: Genetics, experience, and training. In R. Ashley & R. Timmers (Eds.), The Routledge Companion to Music Cognition (pp. 415-426). Routledge, Taylor & Francis Group. doi:10.4324/9781315194738

Hambrick, D. Z., Macnamara, B. N., Campitelli, G., Ullén, F., & Mosing, M. A. (2016). Chapter one - beyond born versus made: A new look at expertise. In B. H. Ross (Ed.), Psychology of Learning and Motivation (Vol. 64, pp. 1-55). Academic Press. doi:10.1016/bs.plm.2015.09.001

Mosing, M. A., & Ullén, F. (2016). Genetic influences on musical giftedness, talent, and practice. In G. E. Mc Pherson (Ed.), Musical Prodigies: Interpretations from Psychology, Education, Musicology, and Ethnomusicology. Oxford University Press. doi:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199685851.003.0004

Blokland, G. A. M., Mosing, M. A., Verweij, K. J. H., & Medland, S. E. (2013). Twin Studies and Behavior Genetics. In T. D. Little (Ed.), The Oxford Handbook of Quantitative Methods in Psychology: Vol. 2: Statistical Analysis. doi:10.1093/oxfordhb/9780199934898.013.0010

Verweij, K. J.*, Mosing, M. A.*, Zietsch, B. P., & Medland, S. E. (2012). Estimating heritability from twin studies. In R. C. Elston, J. M. Satagopan, & S. Sun (Eds.), Statistical Human Genetics: Methods and Protocols (Vol. 850, pp. 151-170). Springer Protocols. doi:10.1007/978-1-61779-555-8_9 * Joint first authors

Mosing, M. A., Wright, M. J., & Martin, N. G. (2011). Genetic Influences on optimism and its relationship to mental health. In P. R. Brandt (Ed.), Psychology of Optimism: Psychology of Emotions, Motivations and Actions (pp. 79-102). Nova Science Publishers, Inc.

Further Writings

Mosing, M. A., & Pedersen, N. L. (2018). Can a baby’s birth size tell us something about the late life risk for dementia and cognitive impairment? Science Trends https://sciencetrends.com/can-a-babys-birth-size-tell-us-something-about-the-late-life-risk-for-dementia-and-cognitive-impairment/

Podcast on learning and creativity with the Economist (2017) https://www.stitcher.com/podcast/the-economist-all-audio/e/52580790

Hambrick, Z., Ullén, F., & Mosing, M. A. (2016). Is innate talent a myth? https://www.scientificamerican.com/article/is-innate-talent-a-myth/


Awards & Grants

2020–2021Melbourne Centre for Data Science Seed Funding – 20,000 AUD for ‘The Victorian Twin Cohort Study’, Co-investigator
2020 – 2025Develop Research Momentum (DRM) Fellowship from the University of Melbourne - 1,100,000 AUD of salary and research funding
2018–2022Marcus och Amalia Wallenbergs Foundation – 3,500,000 SEK for ‘Healthy learning: Causal mechanisms and gene-environment interplay in positive health effects of active engagement in culture‘. Co-investigator. MAW 2018.0017
2018Karolinska Institutet Fellowship – 89,400 SEK for ‘Interplay between genes and environment in Quality of Life’ over two years. Principal Investigator
2018–2022National Institute of Aging (NIA at NIH) research project grant – 2,858,810 USD for ‘SES health gradients in late life: testing models of gene-environment interplay in an international twin consortium’. Principal Investigator of the subcontract for Sweden 1R01AG059329-01A1
2018Östermans foundation – 150,000 SEK towards ‘Genetic and environmental interplay in traits related to quality of life’. Principal Investigator
2016–2018Karolinska Institutet Fellowship – 49,800 SEK for geriatric epidemiology. Principal Investigator
2013–2015Karolinska Institutet Fellowship – 51,400 SEK towards cognitive learning research project. Principal Investigator
2012AAR Postdoctoral Fellowship in Dementia – 50,000/year for two years (Award not used due to move to Karolinska Institutet). Principal Investigator
2008–2011International Research Tuition Award (IRTA); Covering tuition fees for international PhD students – about 100,000 AUD. Principal Investigator
2008–2011Queensland Institute of Medical Research Top-Up Award, 20,000 AUD. Principal Investigator
2008–2011ANZ Trustees PhD Scholarship in Medical Research, Queensland; salary for 2.5 years (Jan 2009 – June 2011) – about 65,000 AUD. Principal Investigator