Professor Ian James Kirk

PhD (Otago)

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Ian obtained his PhD degree in Psychology and Neuroscience from University of Otago. Subsequent to his PhD he held post-doctoral fellowships at the Centre for Behavioural Neuroscience at the University of Calgary in Canada, and at the Centre for Complex Systems and Brain Sciences at Florida Atlantic in the USA.

He has been a staff member in Psychology at the University of Auckland since 2000, is co-director of the Cognitive Neuroimaging, Neuroplasticity and Neurodevelopment laboratory, and is Associate Director of the Centre Brain Research.

Research | Current

Ian is interested in

  • The neural systems involved in memory and attentional processes, and the genetic mechanisms that modulate development of, and activity in, these systems
  • Cerebral asymmetries
  • Music perception and production
  • Plastic neural processes involved in memory.

He employs functional (EEG and fMRI) and structural (DTI) imaging to investigate the temporal and spatial neurodynamics, and the anatomical substrates, of cognitive processes.

Ian is also interested in atypical processing in a number of disorders (e.g. Alzheimer’s disease, depression, schizophrenia, Autism Spectrum Disorder, and Parkinson’s disease). Ian’s research has been supported by HRC, Marsden, NIH (USA), Neurological Foundation, and AMRF.

Committees/Professional groups/Services

  • Co-director of the Cognitive Neuroimaging, Neuroplasticity and Neurodevelopment laboratory
  • Associate Director of the Centre Brain Research

Selected publications and creative works (Research Outputs)

Contact details

Primary office location

SCIENCE CENTRE 301 - Bldg 301
Level 3, Room 321B
New Zealand