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)

  • 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
  • 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: Veema Lodhia, 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: Veema Lodhia, Ian Kirk
  • Wu, C. C., Hamm, J. P., Lim, V. K., & Kirk, I. J. (2017). Musical training increases functional connectivity, but does not enhance mu suppression. Neuropsychologia, 104, 223-233. 10.1016/j.neuropsychologia.2017.08.029
    Other University of Auckland co-authors: Ian Kirk
  • Searle, J. A., & Hamm, J. P. (2017). Mental rotation: an examination of assumptions. Wiley interdisciplinary reviews. Cognitive science10.1002/wcs.1443
  • Hamm, J. P. (2017). A comparison of colour, shape, and flash induced illusory line motion. Attention, perception & psychophysics, 79 (3), 911-928. 10.3758/s13414-016-1269-2
  • Spriggs, M. J., Cadwallader, C. J., Hamm, J. P., Tippett, L. J., & Kirk, I. J. (2017). Age-related alterations in human neocortical plasticity. Brain research bulletin, 130, 53-59. 10.1016/j.brainresbull.2016.12.015
    Other University of Auckland co-authors: Ian Kirk, Meg Spriggs, Lynette Tippett

Contact details

Primary office location

Level 6, Room 628
New Zealand