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Neuroscientists in the Department of Psychology

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.

Professor Cliff Abraham BA PhD FRSNZ

Neural mechanisms of learning and memory, cellular and molecular events underlying nervous system plasticity and Alzheimer's disease.

Professor Abraham's profile on the Department of Psychology website

Professor David Bilkey BA PhD

Biological basis of memory and learning. Spatial memory and navigation. Hippocampal function in schizophrenia.

Professor Bilkey's profile on the Department of Psychology website

Professor Mike Colombo BA MS PhD

Neural basis of memory and learning, effects of brain damage on behaviour, comparative animal cognition.

Professor Colombo's profile on the Department of Psychology website

Professor Liz Franz BA MSc PhD

Planning, attention, and memory processes of complex actions in neurologically-normal and impaired individuals, with a specific focus on bimanual skills.

Professor Franz's profile on the Department of Psychology website

Professor Harlene Hayne ONZM BA MS PhD FRSNZ

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.

Professor Hayne's profile on the Department of Psychology website

Dr Kristin Hillman BSc PhD

Neural basis of decision-making and motivation; effects of training / drugs / brain stimulation on goal-directed behaviour; how exercise affects the brain.

Dr Hillman's profile on the Department of Psychology website

Associate Professor Liana Machado BA PhD

Neuropsychology, cognitive psychology, cognitive health, visual attention and eye movement control.

Associate Professor Machado's profile on the Department of Psychology website

Professor Neil McNaughton MA PhD

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.

Professor McNaughton's profile on the Department of Psychology website

Professor Jeff Miller BA PhD FRSNZ

Cognitive psychology and psychophysiology, visual perception and attention, mathematical and statistical models and methods.

Professor Miller's profile on the Department of Psychology website

Dr Bruce Mockett BSc DipSci PhD

Tel 64 3 479 3474
Email bruce.mockett@otago.ac.nz

Associate Professor Janice Murray BSc MA PhD

Visual cognition, face and object recognition, face perception and aging, visual attention.

Associate Professor Murray's profile on the Department of Psychology website

Dr Nuran Pat (Pornpattananangkul) BSc MSc PhD

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.

Dr Nuran Pat's profile page on the Department of Psychology website

Dr Ryan Ward BS MS PhD

Neurobiology of motivation, cognition, and their interaction; the impact of reward-related cues on cognitive performance; temporal-information processing and learning.

Dr Ward's profile on the Department of Psychology's website