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Headed by Dr David Moreau at The University of Auckland, the Brain Dynamics Lab focuses on the variability inherent to behavioral and neural systems, in the context of normal development, neurological diseases and disorders, and as a result of interventions.


Specifically, research in the lab centers on three main goals:

(1) Theoretical: understanding the mechanisms underlying behavioral and neural change; 

(2) Methodological: refining the measurements and methods to evaluate these dynamics;

(3) Translational: designing and implementing interventions to improve mental and physical health.

We pursue these three intertwined lines of research in the hope to further our understanding of typical and disordered brains, with the overall goal to facilitate personalized approaches to intervention.



Dr David Moreau 
Principal Investigator
Dr Stephanie Nelson
PhD Candidate
Bruce Peng
PhD Candidate
Mercedes Mudgway
Masters Student
Lucy Jevons
Honours Student
Hae Yeon Seol
Honours Student
Samantha Ashton
Summer Student
Dr Kristina Wiebels
Postdoctoral Fellow
Dr Nicole McKay
Research Associate
Eric Rosentreter
PhD Candidate
Khan Buchwald
Masters Student
Patricia Banquil
Honours Student
Grace Lourie
Research Assistant
Athulya Rathnayake
Summer Student


  • Visser, I., Bergmann, C., Byers-Heinlein, K., Dal Ben, R., Duch, W., Forbes, S., Franchin, L., Frank, M. C., Geraci, A., Hamlin, J. K., Kaldy, Z., Kulke, L., Laverty, C., Lew-Williams, C., Mateu, V., Mayor, J., Moreau, D., Nomikou, I., Schuwerk, T., Simpson, E. A., Singh, L., Soderstrom, M., Sullivan, J., van den Heuvel, M. I., Westermann, G., Yamada, Y., Zaadnoordijk, L., Zettersten, M. (2021). Improving the generalizability of infant psychological research: The ManyBabies model. Behavioral and Brain Sciences. pdf

  • Robson, S. G., Baum, M. A., Beaudry, J., Beitner, J., Brohmer, H., Chin, J., Jasko, K., Kouros, C., Laukkonen, R., Moreau, D., Searston, R. A., Slagter, H., Steffens, N. K., & Tangen J. M. (2021). Nudging open science. PsyArXiv. pdf

  • Moreau, D. (2021).  Physical exercise and cognitive development: The influence of training intensity and complexity. In The First Ten Years: Physical Activity and Sport during the Foundational Years, Routledge.

  • Wagenmakers, E., Sarafoglou, A., Aarts, S., Albers, C. J., Algermissen, J., Bahník, Š., van Dongen, N., Hoekstra, R., Moreau, D., van Ravenzwaaij, D., Sluga, A., Stanke, F., Tendeiro, J., & Aczel, B. (2021). Toward more transparency in statistical practice. MetaArXiv. pdf

  • Schuwerk, T., Kampis, D., Baillargeon, R., Biro, S., Bohn, M., Byers-Heinlein, K., …, Moreau, D., ..., & Rakoczy, H. (2021). Action anticipation based on an agent's epistemic state in toddlers and adults. PsyArXiv. pdf

  • Elliott, E. M., Morey, C. C., AuBuchon, A. M., Cowan, N., Jarrold, C., Adams, E., Attwood, M., Bayram, B., Beeler-Duden, S., Blakstvedt, T. Y., Büttner, G., Castelain, T., Cave, S., Crepaldi, D., Fredriksen, E., Glass, B., Graves, A., Guitard, D., Hoehl, S., Hosch, A., Jeanneret, S., Joseph, T. N., Koch, C., Lelonkiewicz, J. R., Lupyan, G., McDonald, A., Meissner, G., Mendenhall, W., Moreau, D., Ostermann, T., Özdogru, A. A., Padovani, F., Poloczek, S., Röer, J. P., Schonberg, C., Tamnes, C. K., Tomasik, M. J., Valentini, B., Vergauwe, E., Vlach, H., & Voracek, M. (2021). Multi-lab direct replication of Flavell, Beach and Chinsky (1966): Spontaneous verbal rehearsal in a memory task as a function of age. Advances in Methods and Practices in Psychological Science.

  • Wiebels, K., & Moreau, D. (2021). Leveraging containers for reproducible psychological research. Advances in Methods and Practices in Psychological Science.

  • Erb, C. D., Welhalf, M., Smeekens, B. A., Moreau, D., Kane, M. J., & Marcovitch, S. (2021). Linking the dynamics of cognitive control to individual differences in working memory capacity: Evidence from reaching behavior. Journal of Experimental Psychology: Learning, Memory, and Cognition.

  • Moreau, D., & Wiebels, K. (2021). Assessing change in intervention research: The benefits of composite outcomes. Advances in Methods and Practices in Psychological Science, 4(1), 1-14. pdf  repository

  • Gamble, B., Tippett, L. J., Moreau, D., & Addis, D. R. (2021). The futures we want: How goal-directed imagination relates to mental health. Clinical Psychological Sciencepdf  repository

  • Moreau, D. (2021). Shifting minds: A quantitative reappraisal of cognitive intervention research. Perspectives on Psychological Science, 16(1), 148-160. pdf  repository

  • Doborjeh, Z., Doborjeh, M, Rumsey, M. C., Taylor, T., Wang, G. Y., Moreau, D., Krägeloh, C., Wrapson, W., Siegert, R. J., Kasabov, N., Searchfield, G., & Sumich, A. (2020). Interpretability of spatiotemporal dynamics of the brain processes followed by mindfulness intervention in a brain-inspired spiking neural network architecture. Sensors, 20, 7354. pdf

  • Topor, M., Pickering, J. S., A. Barbosa Mendes, A., Bishop, D. V. M., Büttner, F. C., Henderson, E. L., Kalandadze, T., Nitschke, F. T., Staaks, J. P. C., van den Akker, O., Yeung, S. K., Zaneva, M., Elsherif, M. M., Evans, T. R., Lam, A., Madan, C. R., Moreau, D., O'Mahony, A., Parker, A., Riegelman, A., Testerman, M., & Westwood, S. J. (2020). An integrative framework for planning and conducting Non-Interventional, Reproducible, and Open Systematic Reviews (NIRO-SR). MetaArXiv. pdf

  • Van den Akker, O., Peters, G. J., Bakker, C., Carlsson, R., Coles, N., Corker, K., Feldman, G., Mellor, D., Moreau, D., Nordström, T., Pfeiffer, N., Pickering, J., Riegelman, A., Topor, M., van Veggel, N., & Yeung, S. K. (2020). Inclusive systematic review registration form. MetaArXiv. pdf

  • Van Bavel, J. J., Cichocka, A., Capraro, V., Sjåstad, H., Nezlekm J. B., ..., Moreau, D., ..., & Boggio,  P. S. (2020). National identity predicts public health support during a global pandemic. PsyArXiv. pdf  repository

  • Hall, B. F., Wagge, J. R., Pfuhl, G., Stieger, S., Vergauwe, E., IJzerman, H., …, & Moreau, D. (2020). Accelerated CREP - RRR: Turri, Buckwalter, & Blouw (2015). Advances in Methods and Practices in Psychological Science. pdf  repository

  • Tierney, W., Hardy, J. H., Ebersole, C. R., Viganola, D., Clemente, E., Gordon, M., Hoogeveen, S., Haaf, J., Dreber, A. A., Johannesson, M., Pfeiffer, T., Chapman, H., Gantman, A., Vanaman, M., DeMarree, K., Igou, E., Wylie, J., Storbeck, J., Andreychik, M. R., McPhetres, J., Vaughn, L. A., ..., Moreau, D., ..., & Uhlmann, E. L. (2020). A creative destruction approach to replication: Implicit work and sex morality across cultures. Journal of Experimental Social Psychology, 93, 104060. pdf

  • Wang, C. H., Lin, C. C., Moreau, D., Yang C. T., & Liang, W. K. (2020). Neural correlates of cognitive processing capacity in elite soccer players. Biological Psychology, 157, 107971. pdf 

  • Moreau, D., & Gamble, B. (2020). Conducting a meta-analysis in the age of open science: Tools, tips, and practical recommendations. Psychological Methodspdf  repository

  • Tierney, W., Hardy, J. H., Ebersole, C. R., Leavitt, K., Viganola, D., Clemente, E., Gordon, M., Hoogeveen, S., Haaf, J., Dreber, A. A., Johannesson, M., Pfeiffer, T., ..., Moreau, D., ..., Uhlmann, E. L. (2020). Creative destruction in science. Organizational Behavior and Human Decision Processes, 161, 291-309. pdf

  • Yao, Z. F., Sligte, I. G., Moreau, D., Hsieh, S., Yang, C. T., Ridderinkhof, R., Muggleton, N. G., Wang, C. H. (2020). The brains of elite soccer players are subject to experience-dependent alterations in white matter connectivity. Cortex, 132, 79-91. pdf  repository

  • Wiebels, K., Addis, D. R., Moreau, D., van Mulukom, V., Onderdijk, K, & 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. pdf  repository

  • Wang, C. H., Liang, W. K., & Moreau, D. (2020). Differential modulation of brain signal variability during cognitive control in athletes with different domains of expertise. Neuroscience, 425, 267-279. pdf 

  • Bago, B., Aczel. B., Kekecs, Z., Protzko, J., Kovacs, M., Nagy, T., Hoekstra, R., Palfi, B., ..., Moreau, D., ..., & Chartier, C. R. (2020). Moral thinking across the world: Exploring the influence of personal force and intention in moral dilemma judgements. PsyArXiv. pdf  repository

  • McKay, N. S., Moreau, D., Corballis, P. M., & Kirk, I. J. (2019). Investigating the influence of the brain-derived neurotrophic factor val66met single nucleotide polymorphism on familiarity and recollection event-related potentials. bioRxivpdf ​

  • Moreau, D. (2019). Preregistration in the context of expertise research: Challenges, benefits, and recommendations. Journal of Expertise, 2(4), 210-216. pdf

  • Wang, C. H., Moreau, D., & Kao, S. C. (2019). From the lab to the field: Potential applications of dry EEG systems to understand the brain-behavior relationship in sports. Frontiers in Neuroscience, 13:893. pdf 

  • Gamble, B., Moreau, D., Tippett, L. J., & Addis, D. R. (2019). Specificity of future thinking in depression: A meta-analysis. Perspectives on Psychological Science, 14(5), 816-834. pdf  repository

  • Moreau, D., & Chou, E. (2019). The acute effect of high-intensity exercise on executive function: A meta-analysis. Perspectives on Psychological Science, 14(5), 734-764. pdf​​  repository

  • Moreau, D., & Corballis, M. C. (2019). When averaging goes wrong: The case for mixture model estimation in psychological science. Journal of Experimental Psychology: General, 148(9), 1615-1627. pdf​​  repository

  • McKay, N. S., Moreau, D., Henare, D. T., & Kirk, I. J. (2019). The brain-derived neurotrophic factor Val66Met genotype does not influence the grey or white matter structures underlying recognition memory. NeuroImage, 197, 1-12. pdf

  • Wang, C. H., Moreau, D., Yang, C. T. , Tsai, Y. Y. , Lin, J. T., Liang, W. K., & Tsai, C. H. (2019). Aerobic exercise modulates transfer and brain signal complexity following cognitive training. Biological Psychology, 144, 85-98. pdf

  • 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.​ pdf​​  repository

  • Spriggs, M. J., Thompson, C. S., Moreau, D., McNair, N. A., Wu, C. C., Lamb, Y. N., McKay, N. S., King, R. O. C., Antia, U., Shelling, A., N., Hamm, J. P., Teyler, T. J., Russell, B. R., Waldie, K. W., & Kirk, I. J. (2019). Human sensory Long-Term Potentiation (LTP) predicts visual memory performance and is modulated by the brain-derived neurotrophic factor (BDNF) Val66Met polymorphism. Frontiers in Human Neuroscience, 13:22. pdf

  • Moreau, D., Macnamara, B. N., Hambrick, D. Z. (2019). Overstating the role of environmental factors in success: A cautionary note. Current Directions in Psychological Science, 28(1), 28-33.​ pdf

  • Wang, C. H., Moreau, D., Yang, C. T., Lin, J. T., Tsai, Y. Y., & Tsai, C. L. (2019). The influence of aerobic fitness on top-down and bottom-up mechanisms of interference control. Neuropsychology, 33(2), 245-255. pdf​​ 


  • Moreau, D., & Tomporowski, P. D. (2018). Complex motor activities to enhance cognition. In The Handbook of Embodied Cognition and Sport Psychology, MIT Press, Cambridge: MA, pp. 273-302. pdf

  • Moreau, D. (2018). Beyond exercise: Designing physical activities for cognitive enhancement. In Handbook of Sport Neuroscience and Psychophysiology. Routledge, pp. 373-384. pdf

  • Moreau, D. (2018). Physical exercise and cognitive enhancement. In The Exercise Effect on Mental Health: Neurobiological Mechanisms. Routledge, pp. 171-187. pdf

  • Moreau, D., Wilson, A. J., McKay, N. S., Nihill, K., & Waldie, K. E. (2018). No evidence for systematic white matter correlates of dyslexia and dyscalculia. NeuroImage: Clinical, 18, 356-366. pdf  repository

  • Moreau, D., Stonyer, J., McKay, N. S., & Waldie, K. E. (2018). No evidence for systematic white matter correlates of dyslexia: An activation likelihood estimation meta-analysis. Brain Research, 1683, 36-47. pdf  repository

  • Habacha, H, Moreau, D., Jarraya, M., Lejeune-Poutrain, L., & Molinaro, C. (2018). Dissociating object-based from egocentric transformations in mental body rotation: Effect of stimuli size. Experimental Brain Research, 236(1), 275-284. pdf


  • Moreau, D., Kirk, I. J., & Waldie, K. E. (2017). High-intensity training enhances executive function in children in a randomized, placebo-controlled trial. eLife, 6:e25062. pdf  repository

  • Wang, C. H., Yang, C. T., Moreau, D., & Muggleton, N. (2017). Motor expertise modulates neural oscillations and temporal dynamics of cognitive control. NeuroImage, 158, 260-270. pdf

  • Waldie, K. E., Cornforth, C. M., Webb, R. E., Thompson, J. M. D., Murphy, R., Moreau, D., Slykerman, R., Morgan, A. R., Ferguson, L. R., Mitchell, E. A. (2017). Dopamine transporter (DAT1/SLC6A3) polymorphism and the association between being born small for gestational age and symptoms of ADHD. Behavioural Brain Research, 333, 90-97. pdf

  • Waldie, K. E., Wilson, A. J., Roberts, R.P., & Moreau, D. (2017). Reading network in dyslexia: Similar, yet different. Brain and Language, 174, 29-41. pdf


  • Moreau, D., Kirk, I. J., & Waldie, K. E. (2016). Seven pervasive statistical flaws in cognitive training interventions. Frontiers in Human Neuroscience, 10:153. pdf

  • Moreau, D. (2016). When seeing is learning: Dynamic and interactive visualizations to teach statistical concepts. In Lynne D. Roberts (Ed.) Research Methods Pedagogy: Engaging Psychology Students in Research Methods and Statistics, Frontiers Research Topics. pdf

  • Macnamara, B. N., Hambrick, D. Z., & Moreau, D. (2016). How important is deliberate practice? Reply to Ericsson. Perspectives on Psychological Science, 11(3), 355-358. pdf  repository

  • Macnamara, B. N., Moreau, D., & Hambrick, D. Z. (2016). The relationship between deliberate practice and performance in sports: A meta-analysis. Perspectives on Psychological Science, 11(3), 333-350. pdf  repository

  • Moreau, D., & Waldie, K. E. (2016). Developmental learning disorders: From generic interventions to individualized remediation. Frontiers in Psychology, 6:2053. pdf


  • Smallwood, N., Spriggs, M. J., Thompson, C. S., Wu, C. C., Hamm, J. P., Moreau, D., & Kirk, I. J. (2015). Influence of physical activity on human sensory long-term potentiation. Journal of the International Neuropsychological Society, 21, 831-840. pdf

  • Moreau, D. (2015). Brains and brawn: Complex motor activities to maximize cognitive enhancement. Educational Psychology Review, 27(3), 475-482. pdf

  • Moreau, D., Wang, C. H., Tseng, P., & Juan, C. H. (2015). Blending Transcranial Direct Current Stimulations and Physical Exercise to Maximize Cognitive Improvement. Frontiers in Psychology, 6:678. pdf

  • Moreau, D. (2015). When seeing is learning: Dynamic and interactive visualizations to teach statistical concepts. Frontiers in Psychology, 6:342. pdf

  • Moreau, D., Morrison, A. B., & Conway, A. R. A. (2015). An ecological approach to cognitive enhancement: Complex motor training. Acta Psychologica, 157, 44-55. pdf

  • Conway, A. R. A., Moreau, D., & Holden, L. (2015). Educational assessment in a MOOC: The case of Statistics One. In J. R. Corbeil, M. E. Corbeil & B. H. Khan (Eds.), The MOOC case book: Case studies in MOOC design, development and implementation, Ronkonkoma, NY: Linus Books.

  • Moreau, D. (2015). Unreflective actions? Complex motor skill acquisition to enhance spatial cognition. Phenomenology and the Cognitive Sciences, 14(2), 349-359. pdf


  • Moreau, D. (2014). Can brain training boost cognition? Nature, 515, 492. pdf

  • Moreau, D. (2014). Making sense of discrepancies in working memory training experiments: A Monte Carlo simulation. Frontiers in Systems Neuroscience, 8:161. pdf

  • Moreau, D., & Conway, A. R. A. (2014). The case for an ecological approach to cognitive training. Trends in Cognitive Sciences, 18(7), 334-336. pdf


  • Moreau, D., & Conway, A. R. A. (2013). Cognitive enhancement: A comparative review of computerized and athletic training programs. International Review of Sport and Exercise Psychology, 6(1), 155-183. pdf

  • Moreau, D. (2013). Differentiating two- from three-dimensional mental rotation training effects. Quarterly Journal of Experimental Psychology, 66(7), 1399-1413. pdf

  • Moreau, D. (2013). Motor expertise modulates movement processing in working memory. Acta Psychologica, 142(3), 356-361. pdf

  • Moreau, D. (2013). Constraining movement alters the recruitment of motor processes in mental rotation. Experimental Brain Research, 224(3), 447-454. pdf


  • Moreau, D., Mansy-Dannay, A., Clerc, J., & Guerrien, A. (2012). Presenting a new tool assessing motor representation quality in combat sports: the Movement Imagery Specific Test (MIST). Science & Sports, 27(6), 77-84. pdf

  • Moreau, D. (2012). Training spatial ability: Comment on Pietsch and Jansen (2012) and prospective research trends. Learning and Individual Differences, 22(6), 882-883. pdf

  • Moreau, D., Clerc, J., Mansy-Dannay, A., & Guerrien, A. (2012). Mental rotation and motor expertise: Storage does not account for better processing. Studia Psychologica, 54(3), 167-179. pdf

  • Moreau, D. (2012). The role of motor processes in three-dimensional mental rotation: Shaping cognitive processing via sensorimotor experience. Learning and Individual Differences, 22(3), 354-359. pdf

  • Moreau, D., Mansy-Dannay, A., Clerc, J., & Guerrien, A. (2012). Plastic and functional effects of exercising on the brain: Original ways to enhance cognition through sports practice. International Quarterly of Sport Science, 3(1), 31-39. pdf

  • Moreau, D., Clerc, J., Mansy-Dannay, A., & Guerrien, A. (2012). Enhancing spatial ability through sport practice: Evidence for an effect of motor training on mental rotation performance. Journal of Individual Differences, 33(2), 83-88. pdf


  • Moreau, D., Mansy-Dannay, A., Clerc, J., & Guerrien, A. (2011). Spatial ability and motor performance: Assessing mental rotation processes in elite and novice athletes. International Journal of Sport Psychology, 42(6), 525-547. pdf


  • Moreau, D., Clerc, J., Mansy-Dannay, A., & Guerrien, A. (2010). Assessing movement imagery ability: Self-report questionnaires vs. performance-based tests. Europe’s Journal of Psychology, 4, 93-109. pdf

  • Moreau, D., Mansy-Dannay, A., Clerc, J., & Guerrien, A. (2010). Academic program and mental rotation performance: Evidence for a developmental effect on individual differences in early adulthood. Education Sciences and Psychology, 17, 21-28. pdf

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