Dr David Moreau

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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


  • 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)

  • Moreau, D., Stonyer, J. E., McKay, N. S., & Waldie, K. E. (2018). No evidence for systematic white matter correlates of dyslexia: An Activation Likelihood Estimation meta-analysis. Brain research, 1683, 36-47. 10.1016/j.brainres.2018.01.014
    Other University of Auckland co-authors: Karen Waldie, Nicole Mckay
  • Moreau, D. (2018). Physical exercise and cognitive enhancement. The Exercise Effect on Mental Health: Neurobiological Mechanisms (pp. 171-187). 10.4324/9781315113906
  • Moreau, D., Wilson, A. J., McKay, N. S., Nihill, K., & Waldie, K. E. (2018). No evidence for systematic white matter correlates of dyslexia and dyscalculia. NeuroImage : Clinical, 18, 356-366. 10.1016/j.nicl.2018.02.004
    Other University of Auckland co-authors: Karen Waldie, Nicole Mckay
  • Habacha, H., Moreau, D., Jarraya, M., Lejeune-Poutrain, L., & Molinaro, C. (2018). Dissociating object-based from egocentric transformations in mental body rotation: effect of stimuli size. Experimental brain research, 236 (1), 275-284. 10.1007/s00221-017-5125-y
  • Waldie, K., Wilson, A., Roberts, R., & Moreau, D. (2017). Reading network in dyslexia: Similar, yet different. Brain and Language, 174, 29-41. 10.1016/j.bandl.2017.07.004
    URL: http://hdl.handle.net/2292/35929
    Other University of Auckland co-authors: Karen Waldie, Reece Roberts
  • Wang, C.-H., Yang, C.-T., Moreau, D., & Muggleton, N. (2017). Motor expertise modulates neural oscillations and temporal dynamics of cognitive control. NeuroImage, 158, 260-270. 10.1016/j.neuroimage.2017.07.009
  • Waldie, K. E., Cornforth, C. M., Webb, R. E., Thompson, J. M. D., Murphy, R., Moreau, D., ... Mitchell, E. A. (2017). Dopamine transporter (DAT1/SLC6A3) polymorphism and the association between being born small for gestational age and symptoms of ADHD. Behavioural Brain Research, 333, 90-97. 10.1016/j.bbr.2017.06.040
    URL: http://hdl.handle.net/2292/35928
    Other University of Auckland co-authors: Karen Waldie, John Thompson, Lynnette Ferguson, Edwin Mitchell, Rinki Murphy, Rebecca Slykerman
  • Moreau, D., Kirk, I. J., & Waldie, K. E. (2017). High-intensity training enhances executive function in children in a randomized, placebo-controlled trial. eLife, 6.10.7554/eLife.25062
    Other University of Auckland co-authors: Ian Kirk, Karen Waldie