Kristina Wiebels

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

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Doctoral Candidate - Doctor of Philosophy


I am a PhD student in the School of Psychology and the Centre for Brain Research under the supervision of Reece Roberts, Donna Rose Addis, Lynette Tippett, and David Moreau. I completed my undergraduate studies in Cognitive Science at the University of Osnabrueck in Germany and then moved to New Zealand, where I completed my Honours and Masters degrees, before starting my doctoral studies. 

Research | Current

I am generally interested in how the brain as a complex dynamical system works. My current research focuses on how the brain uses information from episodic memory to generate complex simulations of the future. I am investigating how different types of episodic information contribute to the construction of future simulations, and how exactly the hippocampus is involved in this. I also have a strong methodological interest, including decoding methods for neuroimaging and Bayesian statistics. 

Teaching | Current

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

  • Episodic simulation
  • Neuroimaging
  • Statistics

Selected publications and creative works (Research Outputs)


Contact details

Primary office location

SCIENCE CENTRE 302 - Bldg 302
Level 3, Room 367
New Zealand

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