Dr Matthew Richard Moore

BE (Hons), PGDipBusAdmin, PhD


My doctoral research was completed at the Department of Psychology at the University of Otago under Professor Elizabeth Franz, and consisted of a series of investigations into human brain activity during social perception and facial expression processing using electroencephalography. I found suppression of the mu rhythm associated with social inferences and classification of emotions in facial expressions, but not during imitation of facial expressions. These results were partially consistent with the mirror neuron model of social perception.

I also hold a software engineering degree. This allows me to leverage cutting-edge computing solutions, readily acquire new technical skills, and work well in an interdisciplinary environment.

Research | Current

I am a research fellow by the Department of Anaesthesiology the University of Auckland's Faculty of Medical and Health Sciences. I have a role in a number of investigations under Professor Alan Merry, mainly related to safety in surgery, particularly the safe delivery of anaesthesia.

Current projects include the gathering and analysis of EEG data during surgery, big data analysis of the effect of surgical safety checklists, and an electrophysiological and psychophysical investigation of motion-induced blindness.

Areas of expertise

Electroencephalography (EEG), neuropsychology, social cognition

Selected publications and creative works (Research Outputs)

  • Moore, M. R., & Franz, E. A. (2017). Resting-state mu activity modulations are associated with aloofness. Personality and Individual Differences, 116, 366-371. 10.1016/j.paid.2017.05.026
    URL: http://hdl.handle.net/2292/34750
  • Moore, M. R., & Franz, E. A. (2017). Mu rhythm suppression is associated with the classification of emotion in faces. Cognitive, Affective and Behavioral Neuroscience, 17 (1), 224-234. 10.3758/s13415-016-0476-6
  • Franz, E. A., Fu, Y., Moore, M., Winter, T., Mayne, T., Debnath, R., & Stringer, C. (2016). Fooling the brain by mirroring the hand: Brain correlates of the perceptual capture of limb ownership. Restorative Neurology and Neuroscience, 34 (5), 721-732. 10.3233/RNN-150622


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Level 12, Room 12023
New Zealand

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