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)

  • 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
  • Hamm, J. P. (2016). Comparing Attention and Attribute Based Illusory Line Motion. CANADIAN JOURNAL OF EXPERIMENTAL PSYCHOLOGY-REVUE CANADIENNE DE PSYCHOLOGIE EXPERIMENTALE. (pp. 1).
  • Han, S., Zhu, Z., Corballis, M. C., & Hamm, J. P. (2016). Illusory line motion in onset and offset bars. Attention, Perception, and Psychophysics, 78 (8), 2579-2611. 10.3758/s13414-016-1170-z
    Other University of Auckland co-authors: Michael Corballis
  • Wu, C. C., Hamm, J. P., Lim, V. K., & Kirk, I. J. (2016). Mu rhythm suppression demonstrates action representation in pianists during passive listening of piano melodies. Experimental Brain Research, 234 (8), 2133-2139. 10.1007/s00221-016-4615-7
    Other University of Auckland co-authors: Ian Kirk
  • Taylor, T. L., & Hamm, J. P. (2016). Selection for encoding: No evidence of greater attentional capture following forget than remember instructions. Attention, Perception, and Psychophysics, 78 (1), 168-186. 10.3758/s13414-015-0984-4

Contact details

Primary location

Level 6, Room 628
New Zealand