Neuroscientists at the University of Otago are located in various departments depending on their area of specialisation. The Neuroscientists listed below are part of the Department of Psychology. They may be available to supervise your Neuroscience research.
Neural mechanisms of learning and memory, cellular and molecular events underlying nervous system plasticity and Alzheimer's disease.
Biological basis of memory and learning. Spatial memory and navigation. Hippocampal function in schizophrenia.
Neural basis of memory and learning, effects of brain damage on behaviour, comparative animal cognition.
Planning, attention, and memory processes of complex actions in neurologically-normal and impaired individuals, with a specific focus on bimanual skills.
Memory development in infants and children, childhood amnesia, the development of children’s drawing skills, interviewing children in clinical and legal contexts, risk-taking by adolescents.
Neural basis of decision-making and motivation; effects of training / drugs / brain stimulation on goal-directed behaviour; how exercise affects the brain.
Neuropsychology, cognitive psychology, cognitive health, visual attention and eye movement control.
The neural basis of anxiety and its disorders; functions of the hippocampus and prefrontal cortex; the Reinforcement Sensitivity Theory of human personality; neuroeconomics; the contribution of theta rhythm to these various aspects of mental processing in rats and humans.
Cognitive psychology and psychophysiology, visual perception and attention, mathematical and statistical models and methods.
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Visual cognition, face and object recognition, face perception and aging, visual attention.
Human cognitive neuroscience of reward-processing and decision-making; Alterations in reward-processing and decision-making as a function of the person (e.g., mood-disorders, personalities, aging), the situation (e.g., social and cultural influences) and their interaction; Human EEG and fMRI.
Neurobiology of motivation, cognition, and their interaction; the impact of reward-related cues on cognitive performance; temporal-information processing and learning.