Dr Veema Lodhia





Research | Current

My current research projects are 

  • Developing Tikanga and Tapu practices in a neuroimaging lab space: Engaging Māori and Pacific in EEG research.
  • Investigating at the neural correlates of sound segregation and noise sensitivity in the general population and Autistic spectrum disorder.
  • Anxiety Biomarker and EEG study


2017 Vice- Chancellor's Excellence Award in Environmental Sustainablity

2016 Facutly of Science Professional Staff award - Special Achievement for Sustainablity

2014 Professional Development Staff award


I am responsible for all the technical staff and technical labs in the School of Psychology and the Department of Exercise Sciences. In addition to my technical lead role, I am primarily responsible for the School of Psychology Neuroimaging research facility (EEG lab). The neuroimaging research lab has two faraday testing booths that accommodate parallel EEG testing sessions, TMS and EMG. The EEG lab uses high density EGI hyrdocel128 electrode nets and has 3 amplifier systems (EGI 400, 300 and 200 series amplifier). The EEG lab completes 400–600 EEGs per year and has 30 + users. The EEG lab also has an EGI GPS Photogrammetry system, which allows us to combine physical sensor locations with EEG data to create source dipoles for brain activation.

Areas of expertise

My research interests include auditory neuroscience, visual neuroscience,perception, developmental disorders (e.g. Autism), noise sensitivity, brain connectivity & structure, electroencephalography(EEG), Magnetoencephalography (MEG)and fMRI techniques. Veema is currently upskilling in Transcranial magnetic stimulation (TMS) techniques for the labs new TMS unit.


Committees/Professional groups/Services

  • Faculty of Science Health, Safety & Wellbeing Committee - member
  • School of Psychology Equity Committee - Chair
  • UOA TMS Committee - Member
  • Faculty of Science Technical Managers working group member
  • Science Faculty Sustainablity Network - Working group member
  • Science Faculty Sustainable Labs working group

Selected publications and creative works (Research Outputs)

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  • Shepherd, D., Lodhia, V., & Hautus, M. J. (2019). Electrophysiological indices of amplitude modulated sounds and sensitivity to noise. International Journal of Psychophysiology, 139, 59-67. 10.1016/j.ijpsycho.2019.03.005
    Other University of Auckland co-authors: Michael Hautus
  • Lodhia, V., Hautus, M. J., Johnson, B. W., & Brock, J. (2018). Atypical brain responses to auditory spatial cues in adults with autism spectrum disorder. The European journal of neuroscience, 47 (6), 682-689. 10.1111/ejn.13694
    Other University of Auckland co-authors: Michael Hautus
  • Lodhia, V., Suk, C. J., Lim, V., Hamm, J. P., & Kirk, I. J. (2017). Decreased interhemispheric time transfer of visual information in adults with Autistic spectrum disorder using the Poffenberger paradigm. Research in Autism Spectrum Disorders, 43-44, 76-86. 10.1016/j.rasd.2017.09.003
    Other University of Auckland co-authors: Jeffrey Hamm, Ian Kirk
  • Wilson, J. F., Lodhia, V., Courtney, D. P., Kirk, I. J., & Hamm, J. P. (2017). Evidence of hyper-plasticity in adults with Autism Spectrum Disorder. Research in Autism Spectrum Disorders, 43-44, 40-52. 10.1016/j.rasd.2017.09.005
    Other University of Auckland co-authors: Ian Kirk, Jeffrey Hamm
  • Landon, J., Shepherd, D., & Lodhia, V. (2016). A qualitative study of noise sensitivity in adults with autism spectrum disorder. Research in Autism Spectrum Disorders, 32, 43-52. 10.1016/j.rasd.2016.08.005
  • Lodhia, V., Brock, J., Johnson, B. W., & Hautus, M. J. (2014). Reduced object related negativity response indicates impaired auditory scene analysis in adults with autistic spectrum disorder. PeerJ, 210.7717/peerj.261
    Other University of Auckland co-authors: Michael Hautus

Contact details

Alternative contact

Office Ext: 87503

Primary office location

SCIENCE CENTRE 301 - Bldg 301
Level 2, Room 229
New Zealand