Principal Investigator

Gina 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. 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.

Postdoctoral Researcher

Christel Christel Devue, PhD.

Christel studied Psychological Sciences at the University of Liege (ULg, Belgium). She then conducted a PhD in the Cognitive Psychology Unit at the ULg on the visual processing of one’s own face. Afterwards she was a Postdoctoral Researcher of the Belgian National Fund for Scientific Research (NFSR) and worked at the ULg and at the Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam on the attentional processing of socially-relevant or threat-related stimuli (e.g. faces, spiders). She also has an interest in forensic matters and pursued a continuing education in Criminalistics and Forensic Psychiatry at the Free University of Brussels. She has now joined the CAN Lab to work on the Marsden Grant investigating the attentional control of emotional stimuli through behavioural and electrophysiological methods.

Her publications are visible here.

Research Fellow

Michael 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.

Lab Members

Hazel Hazel Godfrey, PhD. student 

Hazel completed her BSc (Hons) and MSc in Psychology at Victoria University of Wellington. She started as a lab volunteer in 2007 and has since completed her Honours and Master’s theses under Dr. Grimshaw’s supervision. Hazel returned to the lab in 2013 and for her PhD will focus on how pain affects attention.

Amy Amy Maddock, PhD. student 

Amy Maddock (née Walsh) was a member of The Cognitive and Affective Neuroscience lab while completing her Masters in Cognitive and Behavioural Neuroscience in 2009 – 2010. After living in the UK for the past few years she has come back to the CAN lab to complete her PhD, researching how motivation and reward can improve people’s ability to ignore emotional distractions.

Kam Kameron Christopher, PhD. student 

Kameron joined the Cognitive and Affective Neuroscience Lab in 2013. He is completing his PhD in the School of Engineering and Computer Science and the School of Psychology. In his research he is developing Brain-Computer interfaces for affective biofeedback applications.

sophie-hedley Sophie Hedley, PhD. student 

Sophie completed her BSC (Hons) in Psychology at Victoria University. She first came into the lab as an honours student in 2013, where she investigated the cognitive biases of interpretation in both language and in faces. She has since returned to the lab to undertake her PhD study broadly in the area of creativity and schizotypy.

kealagh-robinson-print Kealagh Robinson, Masters student 

Kealagh completed her BSc(Hons) in the CAN lab in 2014 and is currently working towards a MSc. In collaboration with Victoria University of Wellington’s Youth Wellbeing Study, her thesis uses psychophysiology to understand how adolescents who self-injure respond to stress.

Laura Laura Kranz, Research assistant 

Laura has been a member of the Cognitive and Affective Neuroscience Lab since 2012. She recently completed her Masters of Science specializing in cognitive and behavioural neuroscience in Gina’s lab. In her thesis she used both behavioural and ERP measures to explore the neural mechanisms involved in inhibiting emotional information when it is irrelevant to the current goal.

e-schrammen_photo Elisabeth Schrammen, Intern 

Elisa completed her BSc in Psychology at the University of Münster, Germany in 2015. Her BSc thesis was an fMRI study on emotion processing in Social Anxiety Disorder. As part of her Masters program at University of Münster, she is doing a research internship in the CAN Lab to extend her knowledge about EEG/ERP measurements.

Other Lab Members

Cathryn Bjarnesen, Petra Bolitho, Angus Chapman, Rebecca Hamilton, Kelly Hewitt, Line Johansen, Winter Jones, Daniel Jenkins, Claire Marsh, Tawhai Moss, Sophia Noble, Billy Richardson, Thomas Scott-Smith, Brendan Sturt, Nurul Zani Soenarsono, Annabelle Wride.

Lab Alumni


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

Rosanna Ellen Moody (2015). Thesis title: Testing the Asymmetric Inhibition Model: Frontal EEG Asymmetry Does Not Predict Inhibitory Control of Emotional Distractors

Justin Lawrence Murphy (2015). EEG Evidence for the Effective Proactive Control of Emotional Distraction

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]


Ruth Ann Atchley, University of Kansas

David Carmel, University of Edinburgh

Paul Corballis, University of Auckland

Mike Nicholls, Flinders University