Associate Professor Greg Anson

TTC (Ardmore), DipPE (Otago), MSc (Wyoming), PhD (Penn State)

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Associate Professor Greg Anson is Head of the Department of Exercise Sciences and Head of the Tāmaki Campus. He received his PhD from Penn State University in 1980. He held academic positions in movement neuroscience at the University of Washington and Oregon State University before returning to New Zealand and the School of Physical Education at the University of Otago in 1985. He was inducted as an International Fellow of the National Academy of Kinesiology (America) in 1997. In 2010 was appointed Head of the Department of Sport and Exercise Science (now the Department of Exercise Sciences) at the University of Auckland.

Research | Current

How does the brain control movement?

With students, and other collaborators we seek to find answers to this question by investigating, from a movement neuroscience perspective, how individuals learn, perform and control simple and complex movements that influence activities of daily living. In particular we are interested in the effects of motor conversion disorder, aging, fatigue and cognitive dysfunction on the neural mechanisms that affect planning and performance of hand and arm movements.


Areas of expertise

  • Movement neuroscience

Selected publications and creative works (Research Outputs)

  • Blakemore, R. L., Hyland, B. I., Hammond-Tooke, G. D., & Anson, J. G. (2013). Distinct Modulation of Event-Related Potentials during Motor Preparation in Patients with Motor Conversion Disorder. PLoS One, 8 (4), 1-8. 10.1371/journal.pone.0062539
  • Anson, G. (2012). Hemiparesis and motor conversion disorder. Paper presented at Centre for Brain Research seminar, Auckland Hospital Clinical Education Centre, Auckland, New Zealand. 27 September - 27 September 2012.
  • Anson, J. G., Hyland, B. I., & Scott, R. L. (25/9/2011). Event-related potentials provide clues to understanding motor Conversion Disorder. Poster presented at XI International Conference on Cognitive Neuroscience, Palma, Mallorca, Spain.
  • Anson, J. G. (2011). Your Brain is Your Biggest Muscle: Exercise It. Paper presented at Tasmanian Haematology Immunology & Neoplasia Group, Cradle Mountain, Tasmania. 13 May - 15 May 2011.
  • Scott, R. L., & Anson, J. G. (2011). Distinct Neural Mechanisms Underlie Movement Deficits in Conversion and Feigned Paresis. Paper presented at Sensorimotor Control Satellite Meeting, Australian Society for Neuroscience, University of Auckland, New Zealand. 30 January - 31 January 2011.
  • Scott, R. L., Hyland, B. I., Hammond-Tooke, G. D., Franz, E. A., Shemmell, J., & Anson, J. G. (2010). Neural mechanisms of impaired volitional movement in Conversion Disorder. Paper presented at Society for Neuroscience Conference, San Diego, CA, USA. 13 November - 17 November 2010.
  • Anson, J. G., Scott, R. L., & Hyland, B. I. (2010). Motor preparation of ‘extent’ is reflected in left hemisphere contingent negative variation. Paper presented at North American Society for Psychology of Sport and Physical Activity, Tucson, Arizona. 10 June - 12 June 2010. NASPSPA Program and Abstracts. (pp. 1).
  • Scott, R. L., Hyland, B. I., Hammond-Tooke, G. D., Franz, E. A., & Anson, J. G. (2010). Feigned paresis affects behaviour but not neuromotor preparatory activity. Paper presented at Australasian Winter Conference on Brain Research, Edgewater Hotel, Wanaka, New Zealand. 30 August - 1 September 2010. Proceedings of the International Australasian Winter Conference on Brain Research. (pp. 1).


Contact details

Primary office location

BUILDING 907 - Bldg 907
Level 2, Room 231
New Zealand

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