Associate Professor Jeffrey Peter Hamm


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Associate Professor


I arrived at The University of Auckland in August of 1997 to conduct a post-doc with Prof M.C. Corballis after completing my PhD at Dalhousie University (Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada). I became a Lecturer in the School of Psychology in 2002, the same year I got married. Since then I have become a dual citizen, with citizenship in both New Zealand and Canada. I continue to have strong research ties with Canada, and have been developing additional collaborations in the United States, England, Germany and China.

Research | Current

I have a wide variety of research interests, including

  • The visual identification of objects
  • Mental transformations (such as mental rotation)
  • Visual illusions of motion
  • The attentional blink
  • Visual attention
  • Links between amusia (tone deafness) and language processing
  • Human LTP

I tend to employ classic behavioral paradigms and, when suitable, adapt these to neuro-imaging studies such as EEG and fMRI. I enjoy collaborating with students and colleagues, both in my school and abroad.

Selected publications and creative works (Research Outputs)

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  • Hamm, J. P. (2020). A discussion on the research process and illusory line motion. JOURNAL OF THE ROYAL SOCIETY OF NEW ZEALAND10.1080/03036758.2020.1747502
  • Spriggs, M. J., Thompson, C. S., Moreau, D., McNair, N. A., Wu, C. C., Lamb, Y. N., ... Shelling, A. N. (2019). Human Sensory LTP Predicts Memory Performance and Is Modulated by the BDNF Val(66) Met Polymorphism. FRONTIERS IN HUMAN NEUROSCIENCE, 1310.3389/fnhum.2019.00022
    Other University of Auckland co-authors: David Moreau, Andrew Shelling, Karen Waldie, Ian Kirk
  • Ha, H., & Hamm, J. P. (2019). Comparisons of flashILM, transformational apparent motion, and polarized gamma motion indicate these are three independent and separable illusions. Attention, perception & psychophysics, 81 (2), 517-532. 10.3758/s13414-018-1632-6
  • McGuire, K., Pinny, A., & Hamm, J. P. (2019). Cancelling Flash Illusory Line Motion by Cancelling the Attentional Gradient and a Consideration of Consciousness. Vision, 3 (1)10.3390/vision3010003
  • Rubinfeld, L. M., Taylor, T. L., & Hamm, J. P. (2019). Selection for encoding: No evidence of better endogenous orienting following forget than following remember instructions. Attention, perception & psychophysics, 81 (1), 237-252. 10.3758/s13414-018-1587-7
  • Taylor, T. L., & Hamm, J. P. (2018). A grand memory for forgetting: Directed forgetting across contextual changes. Acta psychologica, 188, 39-54. 10.1016/j.actpsy.2018.05.009
  • Han, S., & Hamm, J. P. (2018). Flash-induced forward and reverse illusory line motion in offset bars. Attention, perception & psychophysics, 80 (4), 951-970. 10.3758/s13414-018-1482-2
  • Ha, H., Li, D., Patten, B., & Hamm, J. P. (2018). The relationship between flash based illusory line motion and exogenous visual attention. Canadian journal of experimental psychology = Revue canadienne de psychologie experimentale, 72 (1), 38-47. 10.1037/cep0000122

Contact details

Primary office location

SCIENCE CENTRE 301 - Bldg 301
Level 3, Room 325
New Zealand