Dr Barry Gordon Hughes


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Barry has lectured, at various times, in other departments and programmes (Forensic Science, Sports Science, Continuing Education, New Start). He has also conducted research and/or taught at the University of Illinois at Chicago and Arizona State University (in the US), Uppsala University (in Sweden) and the Catholic University of Chile.

Research | Current

Barry’s research interests lie in the linkages between perception, cognition and motor control.

He specialises in

  • The cognitive psychology of blindness, especially how the brain reads braille
  • The sensory and motor sophistication of the human hand
  • Sensory substitution
  • Cognition in the absence of vision.

Teaching | Current

Barry teaches courses in cognitive psychology at the undergraduate and graduate levels. He currently has a teaching improvement grant with Jonathan McKeown-Green (Philosophy) to make some innovations to the popular General Education course, PHIL105G Critical Thinking.

Committees/Professional groups/Services

  • Member of the University's Human Participants Ethics Committee
  • Subprofessorial member of Senate
  • Member of the Senate’s International committee
  • Health and Safety officer in the local branch of the Tertiary Education Union

Selected publications and creative works (Research Outputs)

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  • Sharma, P. K., Britto, A. P. P., Aggarwal, N., & Hughes, B. (2020). Raised dot enumeration via haptic exploration. IEEE Transactions on Haptics10.1109/TOH.2020.3018727
    Other University of Auckland co-authors: Nidhi Aggarwal
  • Phillips, J. G., Evans, M., Hughes, B., & Ogeil, R. P. (2019). Patterns of Cannabis Consumption, Social Networks, and Foraging. JOURNAL OF DRUG ISSUES, 50 (1), 63-76. 10.1177/0022042619887501
  • Sharma, P. K., Britto, A. P., Aggarwal, N., & Hughes, B. (2019). Raised dot number perception (subitizing?) via haptic exploration. Paper presented at IEEE World Haptics Conference (WHC), Tokyo, JAPAN. 9 July - 12 July 2019. 2019 IEEE WORLD HAPTICS CONFERENCE (WHC). (pp. 6).
    Other University of Auckland co-authors: Nidhi Aggarwal
  • Phillips, J. G., Hughes, B., & Ogeil, R. P. (2017). Alcohol consumption, dependence and foraging. Journal of Substance Use, 22 (6), 624-629. 10.1080/14659891.2017.1296038
  • McGregor, A., Tapp, S., & Hughes, B. (2017). Lost opportunities and thinking illusions. Paper presented at ISASI 2017: 48th annual International Accident Investigation and Prevention Conference, San Diego, USA. 22 August - 24 August 2017.
  • Creighton, A., & Hughes, B. (2017). Can haptic feedback reduce the intermittency of slow hand movement velocities?. 2017 IEEE World Haptics Conference (WHC), 287-292. Munich, Germany. 10.1109/WHC.2017.7989916
  • Glyn, V., Lim, V. K., Hamm, J. P., Mathur, A., & Hughes, B. (2015). Behavioural and electrophysiological effects related to semantic violations during braille reading. Neuropsychologia, 77, 298-312. 10.1016/j.neuropsychologia.2015.09.008
    URL: http://hdl.handle.net/2292/27132
    Other University of Auckland co-authors: Jeffrey Hamm
  • Wei, Y., & Hughes, B. (2014). Braille matters: On the cognitive origins of declining rates of braille literacy. Paper presented at New Zealand Applied Psychology Conference 2014, Hamilton, New Zealand. 23 October - 24 October 2014.


Contact details

Primary office location

SCIENCE CENTRE 302 - Bldg 302
Level 3, Room 363
New Zealand

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