Tony studied at the universities of Sheffield (BSc) and Leicester (PhD), as well as working as a research assistant in Durham (UK) before moving to Auckland in 1988. He is interested in a wide range of topics in cognitive psychology and cognitive neuroscience, including visual attention, memory, human-computer interaction, handedness, the split-brain, optic ataxia and consciousness. Currently he is fascinated by sensory imagery, and in particular by the psychological implications of varying experiences of auditory imagery. When not at work, Tony enjoys sailing a Farr 6000, walking and playing the keyboard very badly. He is also the proud owner of an 8” Classical Cassegrain Reflector, but struggles to find enough time to set it up and contemplate the heavens.
Suzanne (Te Rarawa, Ngāi Takoto) completed her MSc at University of Auckland, then trained as a clinical audiologist at the University of Melbourne in 1981. She worked as a clinical audiologist for six years but was lured back into hearing-related research. She then completed a PhD at the University of Iowa before starting her academic career in 1990. Her many hearing-related interests include sensory neuroscience, auditory processing, clinical audiology and equity in hearing health services. Due to the close link with audiology, she is very curious about auditory imagery as part of the rich tapestry of human auditory experiences.
Reece is a cognitive neuroscientist primarily interested in understanding how the brain remembers and imagines events, with a particular focus on employing neuroimaging methods such as fMRI and EEG to uncover the functional role of different brain regions in these processes. He also has an interest in creative cognition, and its relationship to our ability to imagine possible future events. Finally, Reece is part of a large multi-disciplinary team (the Dementia Prevention Research Clinic) that seeks to understand the progression of Alzheimer’s disease in a New Zealand cohort.
Sam is an Eastman-trained musician and Harvard-trained scientist interested in how and why human minds are designed to perceive and produce music. He grew up in Cambridge, MA and Lexington, MA. You can follow him on Twitter and Mastodon, where he often posts about being an academic dad.
Zoé is a PhD student in psychology and cognitive neuroscience at the University of Auckland investigating anauralia. Her research is focusing on the effects of anauralia on verbal and non-verbal working memory. Outside of studies and teaching, she loves playing violin and guitar, reading, sewing, cooking/baking and winter sports.
Gage is a PhD student in psychology and cognitive neuroscience at the University of Auckland investigating anauralia. His research focuses on the physiological measurements of anauralia and auditory imagery. He enjoys playing guitar and listening to heavy metal.
Olivia is a Masters student in Psychology at the University of Auckland investigating anauralia. Her research focuses on exploring the relationship between anauralia and aphantasia and their impact on emotional autobiographical memory. In her spare time she enjoys playing soccer, baking and engaging in a good book.