Nau Mai Haere Mai and Welcome to the Cognitive and Affective Neuroscience Lab. We are housed in the School of Psychology at Victoria University of Wellington, and directed by Dr. Gina Grimshaw.
In our lab, we study the thought processes and brain mechanisms that allow us to think, feel, and act. We pursue two lines of research that often intersect. The first concerns how we perceive, interpret, and respond to emotional signals in our environment, and the second concerns how we create meaning when we encounter novel situations.
An underlying theme in both projects is our interest in understanding how the left and right sides of the brain work together – each playing a slightly different and complementary role. We also explore how individual differences in brain organisation might account for some of our differences in cognitive and emotional processing. We use a number of neuroscience tools, including eyetracking, pupillometry, EEG, and non-invasive brain stimulation to help us better understand the relationship between brain and mind.
We are currently recruiting! We rely on our great volunteer participants to help us understand the mind. If you might be interested in participating in one of our studies, click here.