Gina M. Grimshaw, PhD.
Gina has an undergraduate degree in Biochemistry from the University of Toronto, and a Ph.D. in Psychology from the University of Waterloo. After postdoctoral work at the University of California San Diego she became an Associate Professor at California State University San Marcos. Gina moved to Victoria University of Wellington in 2007, and is director of the Cognitive and Affective Neuroscience Laboratory and an Associate Professor/Reader. Her research has been funded by the Marsden Fund; Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment (MBIE); National Institute of Mental Health (US); and the Neurological Foundation (NZ).
You can view Gina’s staff profile on the Victoria University of Wellington website here.
Michael Tooley, PhD.
Michael has been working in the Cognitive and Affective Neuroscience Lab since 2008. He recently completed his PhD, which examined emotion regulation and vulnerability to depression. He was particularly interested in psychophysiological and electrophysiological markers of vulnerability and their relationship to cognitive and emotional processes. Michael now works as a neuroscience lab technician, and a teaching fellow for the Cognitive and Behavioural Neuroscience Masters program at VUW.
Christopher Maymon, PhD.
Chris completed his PhD at Vic in 2018, and has since been focused on the application of Virtual Reality technology for conducting psychological experiments, under the purview of the CANLab. Chris’ current research focuses on presence (i.e., our sense of ‘being there’) and the influence that different emotional states have on how present we feel. In the VR Lab, Chris also investigates such topics as: how attention changes as a function of fear, coherence between subjective, physiological and behavioural components of emotional experience, how we regulate strong emotions, the ability to infer one’s emotional state from a representation of their movement, and the nature of ‘fire interest’.
André completed his Master’s Degree in Cognitive and Behavioural Neuroscience at VIC in 2020. André’s research interests include how expectation and context modifies how well we control our attention. André also works as an RA helping on whichever projects need an extra pair of hands.
Kealagh Robinson, PhD student
Kealagh completed both her BSc(Hons) in 2014, and her MSc thesis in 2017, in the CANLab. In collaboration with Victoria University of Wellington’s Youth Wellbeing Study, her research uses psychophysiology to understand how adolescents who self-injure respond to stress.
Justin Murphy, PhD Student
Justin completed his Msc in 2015 with the CANlab. He is now working towards his PHD, looking into the processes of distraction by emotional stimuli and how mindfulness training can help us to control our attention.
Laura Kranz, PhD Student
Laura completed a Master of Cognitive and Behavioural Neuroscience in 2015. She is now working towards her PhD, working with both the School of Psychology and the Centre for Science in Society. Her research looks at the role of emotion in science communication.
Joanna Mete, PhD Student
Joanna has completed undergraduate degrees in Educational Science and in Psychology, as well as a masters’ degree in Cognitive Psychology. She is currently conducting her doctoral research in the CANlab, focusing on the relationship between cognitive control and anxiety, aiming to understand potential underlying mechanisms of attentional (and more broadly cognitive) processing in the anxious mind. She is also interested in the implications of attentional and cognitive processing in areas such as emotion regulation, coping, and well-being.
Joe Cornes, MSc Student
Joe is completing his masters in cognitive and behavioural neuroscience as well as studying clinical psychology. His research is focused on how the human autonomic nervous system responds to threat. More specifically, what this tells us about how the brain and body generate – and regulate – our experience of emotions.
Jordan Schulde, Msc Student
Jordan is currently working towards her Masters in Cognitive and Behavioural Neuroscience. Her focus is on how fear influences our cognition, particularly attention, cognitive control, and response inhibition (the ability to stop yourself from doing something). To do this, she uses realistic Virtual Reality to create compelling and strong emotional states. Jordan hopes that her research will add to current knowledge on the interaction between emotion and cognition, and perhaps also assist within more applied contexts.
Lauren Pritchard, Honours Student
Ren is currently completing Honours in Cognitive and Behavioural Neuroscience. Ren’s research question is focused on studying the Psychology of Awe and will be working alongside the Virtual Reality department to study this.
Madison Jones, Undergraduate Research Project Student
Maddie is currently completing a Bachelor of Science majoring in Psychology and Criminology. Maddie’s broader research interests include emotion regulation, cognitive control, and using VR technology to investigate psychological questions.
Other Lab Members
Lauren Bell, Cathryn Bjarnesen, Petra Bolitho, Kieran Carnegie, Angus Chapman, Nikki Duff, Shannon Garland Duignan, Rebecca Hamilton, Kelly Hewitt, Line Johansen, Winter Jones, Claire Marsh, Linda Martis, Jeremy Meier, Tawhai Moss, Sophia Noble, Amy O’Connell, Hannah Quigan, Billy Richardson, Anne Rijnink, Elliot Robins, Elisabeth Schrammen, Brendan Sturt, Nurul Zani Soenarsono, Annabelle Wride, Anna Markovitz, Daniel Jenkins, Nick Heyworth, Shania Thomson, Stina Persen, Adriana Vasinca, Jessie Auckram, Carmela Espellarga, Madison Jones
Kealagh Robinson (2021). Thesis title: Emotion in non-suicidal self-injury: A contradiction between global self-reports and real-time responses [link]
Sophie Hedley (2020). Thesis title: Exploring the Role of Schizotypy in Creative Cognition [link]
Amy Walsh (2019). Thesis title: Motivation Reduces Positive and Negative Emotional Distractions [link]
Kameron Christopher (2019). Thesis title: Personal Predictions of Self-Reported Emotion Responses to Music Stimuli [link]
Hazel K. Godfrey (2017). Thesis title: A role for attentional bias in cognitive deficits in chronic pain? [link]
Jessica Clifton (2015). Thesis title: Training the Interpretation of Ambiguity [link]
Michael Tooley (2015). Thesis title: Emotion Regulation and Vulnerability to Depression: A Longitudinal Test of the Diathesis-Stress Model [link]
Julie Anne Séguin (2013). Thesis title: The Effect of Emotion on Time Perception for Complex Visual Stimuli [link]
Master of Science
Conor Bryant (2021). Thesis title: Understanding the cognitive differences in psychopathy: Emotional distraction across psychopathic traits [link]
André Botes (2020). Thesis title: Learning to Expect the Predictable: The Role of Expectation in the Cognitive Control of Attention [link]
Daniel Jenkins (2018). Thesis title: Awareness and Integration: Understanding the challenges of inferring multisensory integration outside of awareness [link]
Thomas Scott-Smith (2018). Thesis title: Alcohol and the Dysregulation of Cognitive Control: Exploring the Role of Emotion [link]
Dayna Mercer (2018). Thesis title: The Role of Attentional Bias in Excessive Food Consumption [link]
Rosanna Ellen Moody (2015). Thesis title: Testing the Asymmetric Inhibition Model: Frontal EEG Asymmetry Does Not Predict Inhibitory Control of Emotional Distractors [link]
Justin Lawrence Murphy (2015). EEG Evidence for the Effective Proactive Control of Emotional Distraction [link]
Adele Hogan (2015). Thesis title: Distortions in Predicted Motion: Pitch and Direction Influence Imagined Speed for a Visual Object during Occlusion [link]
Laura Kranz (2015). Thesis title: Proactive Control of Emotional Distraction: An ERP Investigation [link]
Lisa Michelle Hunkin (2014). Thesis title: Engagement with Angry Faces during Attentional Bias Modification: Insights from the N2pc [link]
Joshua James Foster (2013). Thesis title: Attention Capture by Angry Faces Depends on the Distribution of Attention [link]
Jessie E. Stewart (2012). Thesis title: Do You Have a “Strict Purse”? The Routes to Meaning in Metaphor [link]
Frances Marie Bryson (2012). Thesis title: The Time-Course of Induced Interpretive Biases in Healthy Individuals Varying in Depressive Symptoms [link]
Hazel K. Godfrey (2011). Thesis title: Conceptual Metaphors of Emotion in Spoken Language: Good Is Up in Semantics and Prosody [link]
Amy Walsh (2010). Thesis title: Words and Faces on Left and Right: Perceptual Asymmetries as a Marker for SSRI Responsiveness [link]
Megan Humphrey (2009). Thesis title: A Signal Detection Approach to the Perception of Affective Prosody in Anxious Individuals: A Developmental Study [link]
Hedwig Eisenbarth, Victoria University of Wellington
David Carmel, Victoria University of Wellington
Christel Devue, Victoria University of Wellington
Paul Corballis, University of Auckland
Steve Most, University of New South Wales
Ruth Ann Atchley, University of Kansas
Mike Nicholls, Flinders University