Dr David Moreau

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Lecturer

Biography

I completed my BS, MS and PhD at the University of Lille, France, followed by a postdoctoral fellowship at Princeton University. I arrived at The University of Auckland in 2015, where I now lead the Brain Dynamics Lab (braindynamicslab.com).

Research | Current

The Brain Dynamics Lab focuses on the variability inherent to behavioral and neural systems, in the context of normal development, neurological diseases and disorders, and as a result of interventions.

More specifically, research in the lab is centered on three main goals:

(1) Theoretical: understanding the mechanisms of behavioral and neural change; 

(2) Methodological: refining the measurements and methods to evaluate these dynamics;

(3) Practical: designing and implementing interventions to improve mental and physical health.​

We pursue these three intertwined lines of research in the hope to further our understanding of typical and disordered brains, with the overall goal to facilitate personalized approaches to intervention.

Teaching | Current

PSYCH306: Research Methods in Psychology - Course coordinator, Lecturer

PSYCH756: Dynamics of Brain and Behavior - Course coordinator, Lecturer

PSYCH722: Learning and Human Development - Guest Lecturer

PSYCH744: Experimental Design and Quantitative Methods for Psychology - Guest Lecturer

Postgraduate supervision

I supervise postgraduate students at the Honors, Masters and PhD level. Possible research areas for postgraduate students include:

  • The dynamics of brain and behavior
  • The neural mechanisms underlying cognitive performance
  • The influence of health interventions (e.g., exercise, diet) on brain and cognition
  • The development of novel methods to assess variability in brain and behavior

Distinctions/Honours

  • Centre for Brain Research Emerging Researcher Award (2018)
  • National Award for Best PhD Thesis in Science (2013)
  • National Research Fellowship (2011)
  • Fulbright Fellowship (2008)
  • Fulbright Award, Washington D.C. (2008)
  • Fulbright Award, Brown University (2008)
  • E.U. Exchange Student Fellowship (2007)
  • French National Student Fellowship (2007)
  • Franco-Canadian Bilateral Fellowship (2004)

Areas of expertise

Cognitive Neuroscience; Training and Plasticity of Cognition; Methods; Statistics; Mathematical Modeling

Committees/Professional groups/Services

  • Neuroimaging User Group, 2017-present
  • Statistical Consultant for the Growing Up in New Zealand study, 2016-present
  • Emerging Researcher Committee, Centre for Brain Research, University of Auckland, 2016-present
  • Strategic Planning Group Committee, Centre for Brain Research, University of Auckland, 2016-present
  • National Development Grant Referee (ad hoc), 2015

Selected publications and creative works (Research Outputs)

Contact details

Primary office location

SCIENCE CENTRE 302 - Bldg 302
Level 2, Room 221
23 SYMONDS ST
AUCKLAND CENTRAL
AUCKLAND 1010
New Zealand

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