Ulrich Mueller

Ulrich Mueller
Office: COR A255

PhD 1998 (Temple) joined Department in 2004

Area of expertise

Lifespan development, Cognition and brain sciences

Ulrich Mueller’s research focuses on the development of executive function (i.e., higher order cognitive skills involved in problem solving), the development of embodied cognition, and the effects of electronic media on children’s development.

Dr. Mueller’s research on executive function examines the contribution of social-communicative skills (e.g., conversation, narrative, sociodramatic play) to the development of executive function skills in preschoolers. His research on embodied cognition investigates the reciprocal relation between sensorimotor processes and conceptual development in school-aged children.

Dr. Mueller is also interested in and conducts research on the effects of electronic media on a variety of different developmental and health outcomes.

Dr. Mueller's CV.



  • Development of executive function and self-regulation
  • Contribution of communication to the development of executive function
  • Development of embodied cognition
  • Nature-based education and self-regulation

Faces of UVic Research video

In this video, Ulrich talks about his research on the cognitive and social development of children.


Yeung, E., Müller, U. & Carpendale, J. I. M. (in press). Developmental continuity between social-cognitive skills at age 2 and theory of mind at age 4. Cognitive Development.

Hutchison, S., Müller, U., & Iarocci, G. (in press). Parent reports of executive function associated with functional communication and conversational skills among school age children with and without Autism Spectrum Disorder. Journal of Autism and Developmental Disorders.

Quistberg, K., & Müller, U. (in press). Prospective relations between Kindergarteners’ executive function skills and their externalizing and internalizing behaviours. The Clinical Neuropsychologist,

Ten Eycke, K., & Müller, U. (2018). Drawing links between the autism cognitive profile and imagination: Executive function and processing bias in imaginative drawings by children with and without autism. Autism, 22, 149-160.

Carpendale, J. I. M., Lewis, C., & Müller, U. (2018). The development of children’s thinking. Los Angeles, CA: Sage.