Dr Kristina Wiebels

BSc (Osnabrück, Germany), MSc (Auckland, NZ), PhD (Auckland, NZ)

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Research Fellow


After completing my undergraduate studies in Cognitive Science at the University of Osnabrueck in Germany, I moved to New Zealand, where I completed an Honours and Masters degree, as well as a PhD in Psychology. I am currently a Research Fellow with Dr David Moreau in the Brain Dynamics Lab (braindynamicslab.com).

Research | Current

I am broadly interested in how the brain works as a complex dynamical system, as well as in different ways to probe this system using a variety of neuroimaging modalities and analysis approaches. In line with the Brain Dynamics Lab's goals, I am currently involved in studies aiming to understand the mechanisms of behavioral and neural change, as well as in methodological work, aiming to refine the measurements and methods to evaluate these dynamics.

I also have a strong interest in statistical methods and research practices more generally, including the use of Bayesian modeling, open science practices, and the move towards large‐scale, decentralized research, with involvement in several international collaborations.

Teaching | Current

Current teaching:

Lecturer for PSYCH 756 (Dynamics of Brain and Behavior)

Past teaching:

Graduate Teaching Assistant for PSYCH 201 (Perception and Cognition)

Graduate Teaching Assistant for PSYCH 202 (Biopsychology)

Graduate Teaching Assistant for PSYCH 306 (Research Methods)

Graduate Teaching Assistant for PSYCH 727 (Functional Magnetic Resonance Imaging)


  • Kate Edger Educational Charitable Trust Dame Dorothy Winstone Doctoral Completion Award (2019)
  • Brain Research New Zealand Travel Grant (2018)
  • Centre for Brain Research Knowledge Exchange Grant (2018)
  • Academic Career Exploration Scholarship (2018)
  • AWCBR (Australasian Winter Conference on Brain Research) Student Travel Award (2017)
  • CAMRI (Centre for Advanced MRI) pilot grant (2016)
  • PRNI (Pattern Recognition for NeuroImaging) Student Travel Award (2016)
  • University of Auckland Doctoral Scholarship (2016)
  • ACNS (Australasian Cognitive Neuroscience Society Student) Travel Award (2015)
  • Faculty of Science Masters Award, University of Auckland (2014)
  • AWCBR (Australasian Winter Conference on Brain Research) Student Travel Award (2014)

Areas of expertise

Cognitive Neuroscience, Neuroimaging; Statistical Methods; Bayesian modeling

Selected publications and creative works (Research Outputs)

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  • Wiebels, K., Addis, D. R., Moreau, D., van Mulukom, V., Onderdijk, K. E., & Roberts, R. P. (2020). Relational processing demands and the role of spatial context in the construction of episodic simulations. Journal of experimental psychology. Learning, memory, and cognition, 46 (8), 1424-1441. 10.1037/xlm0000831
    Other University of Auckland co-authors: Donna Rose Addis, David Moreau, Reece Roberts
  • Antoniades, M., Nenadic, I., Kircher, T., Krug, A., Meller, T., Grotegerd, D., ... DeRosse, P. (2020). CORTICAL NEUROANATOMICAL SIGNATURE OF SCHIZOTYPY IN 2,695 INDIVIDUALS ASSESSED IN A WORLDWIDE ENIGMA STUDY. Paper presented at Congress of the Schizophrenia-International-Research-Society (SRIS), Florence, ITALY. 4 April - 8 April 2020. SCHIZOPHRENIA BULLETIN. (pp. 1).
  • Wiebels, K. (2020). Is space special? The contribution of spatial and non-spatial event components to the construction of episodic simulations The University of Auckland. ResearchSpace@Auckland.
  • Moreau, D., Wiebels, K., Wilson, A. J., & Waldie, K. E. (2019). Volumetric and surface characteristics of gray matter in adult dyslexia and dyscalculia. Neuropsychologia, 127, 204-210. 10.1016/j.neuropsychologia.2019.02.002
    URL: http://hdl.handle.net/2292/46610
    Other University of Auckland co-authors: David Moreau, Karen Waldie
  • Addis, D. R., Wiebels, K., & Devitt, A. L. (2017). Functional neuroimaging studies of autobiographical memory retrieval: Past, present, and future. Memory in a Social Context: Brain, Mind, and Society (pp. 179-203). 10.1007/978-4-431-56591-8_10
    Other University of Auckland co-authors: Donna Rose Addis
  • Roberts, R., Wiebels, K., Sumner, R., van Mulukom, V., Grady, C., Schacter, D., & Addis, D. (2017). An fMRI investigation of the relationship between future imagination and cognitive flexibility. Neuropsychologia, 95, 156-172. 10.1016/j.neuropsychologia.2016.11.019
    Other University of Auckland co-authors: Donna Rose Addis, Reece Roberts, Rachael Sumner
  • Wiebels, K., Waldie, K. E., Roberts, R. P., & Park, H. R. P. (2016). Identifying grey matter changes in schizotypy using partial least squares correlation. Cortex, 81, 137-150. 10.1016/j.cortex.2016.04.011
    URL: http://hdl.handle.net/2292/32741
    Other University of Auckland co-authors: Karen Waldie, Reece Roberts
  • Wiebels, K. (2015). Grey Matter Volume Anomalies in Schizotypy: A Comparison of Partial Least Squares Correlation and Voxel-Based Morphometry The University of Auckland. ResearchSpace@Auckland.
    URL: http://hdl.handle.net/2292/26486


Contact details

Primary office location

SCIENCE CENTRE 301 - Bldg 301
Level 2, Room 228
New Zealand

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