Dr Daniel Shepherd

Dr Daniel Shepherd, PhD (Auck)

Daniel received a PhD in psychoacoustics from the University of Auckland, New Zealand, in 2005. He is now employed by the Auckland University of Technology, where he lectures in the Faculty of Health and Environmental Studies. Daniel is an Honorary Research Fellow at the University of Auckland, where he has researched and taught in the Departments of Psychology, Chemistry, and Audiology.

Daniel's research interests are varied, but typically include the psychological and psychophysiological correlates of sensory processes: Psychoacoustics, Sensory Evaluation, Electrophysiological response to sound, Noise and Health, Retronasal perception.

His current projects are:

  • Retronasal stimuli applied to the assessment of psychopathology;

  • The effect of sound and food on recovery after stress;

  • The relationship between sensory measures and personality;

  • The electrophysiological correlates of noise sensitivity;

  • Intervention effectiveness in the autism spectrum disorder context.

Selected Publications

Shepherd, D., Hautus, M.J., and Uraleb, P.W.B. (2017) Personality and response to everyday odors. Chemosensory Perception, 10(1), 23-30.
Stocks, M., Shepherd, D., Lee, H., van Hout, D., and Hautus, M.J. (2017). Cognitive decision strategies adopted by consumers in reminder difference tests: Influence of the Authenticity test. Food Research International, 97, 265–271.
Landon, J., Shepherd, D., and Lodhia, V. (2016). A qualitative study of noise sensitivity in adults with autism spectrum disorder. Research in Autism Spectrum Disorders, 32 43-52.
Kantono, K., Hamid, N., Shepherd, D., Yoo, M.J.Y., Yakuncheva, S., Grazioli, G., and Carr, B.T. (2016). The influence of auditory and visual stimuli on the pleasantness of chocolate gelati. Food Quality and Preference, 53, 9-18.
Shepherd, D., Hautus, M.J., Sin Ying Lee, and Mulgrew, J. (2016). Electrophysiological Approaches to Noise Sensitivity. Journal of Clinical and Experimental Neuropsychology, 38(8), 900-912
Kantono, K., Hamid, N., Shepherd, D., Yoo, M.J.Y., Grazioli, G., and Carr, B.T.  (2016). Listening to music while eating can influence hedonic and sensory perceptions of ice cream. Appetite, 100, 244-255.   
Shepherd, D., Mulgrew, J., and Hautus, M.J. (2015). Exploring the Autonomic Correlates of Personality. Autonomic Neuroscience: Basic and Clinical, 193, 127-132.
Shepherd, D., and Hautus, M.J. (2015). The Feasibility of Gelatin-based Retronasal Stimuli to Assess Olfactory Perception. SageOpen, October-December 2015: 1–7.
Shepherd, D., Heinonen-Guzejevb, M., Hautus, M. J., and Heikkiläb, K. (2015). Elucidating the Relationship between Noise Sensitivity and Personality. Noise and Health, 17, 54-59.
Shepherd, D., and Sigg, N. (2015). Music Preference, Social Identity, and Self-Esteem. Music Perception, 32(5), 507-514.
Shepherd, D., Heinonen-Guzejevb, M., Heikkiläb, K., Dirks, K., Hautus, M. J., Welch, D., and McBride, D. (2015).  The Negative Affect Hypothesis of Noise Sensitivity. International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health, 12, 5284-5303.
Medvedev, O., Shepherd, D., and Hautus, M.J. (2015). The restorative potential of soundscapes: a physiological investigation. Applied Acoustics. 96, 20-26.  
Shepherd, D., Hautus, M.J., and Jesteadt, W. (2013).  Masking functions and fixed-signal functions for low level 1000-Hz tones. Journal of the Acoustical Society of America, 133(6), 4168–4176.
Lee, J., Hautus, M. J., and Shepherd, D. (2012). The neural correlates of noise annoyance and noise sensitivity. Journal of the Acoustical Society of New Zealand, 25(4), 4-11.
Landon, J., Shepherd, D., Stuart, S., Theadom, A., and Freundlich, S. (2012). Hearing Every Footstep: Noise Sensitivity in Individuals Following Traumatic Brain Injury. Neuropsychological Rehabilitation, 22(3):391-407.
Hautus, M. J., Shepherd, D., and M. Peng, M. (2011). Decision Strategies for the A Not-A, 2AFC, and 2AFC-Reminder Tasks: Empirical Tests. Food Quality and Preference. 22(5), 433-442.
Shepherd, D., Hautus, M. J., Stocks, M.A., and Quek, S. Y. (2011). The Single Interval Adjustment Matrix (SIAM) yes-no task: an empirical assessment using auditory and gustatory stimuli. Attention, Perception and Psychophysics. 73(6), 1934-1947.
Hautus, M. J., Shepherd, D., and Peng, M. (2011). Decision strategies for the two-alternative forced-choice procedure with a reminder stimulus. Attention, Perception and Psychophysics, 73(3), 729-737.
Hautus, M. J., Stocks, M., and Shepherd, D. (2010). The Single Interval Adjustment Matrix (SIAM) Yes-No Task applied to the measurement of sucrose thresholds. Journal of Sensory Studies 25, 940–955.
Shepherd, D., and Hautus, M. J. (2009).  Evidence of stochastic resonance in an auditory discrimination task may reflect response bias.  Attention, Perception and Psychophysics, 71 (8), 1931-1940.
Shepherd, D., and Hautus, M. J. (2009).  Negative Masking and the Units Problem in Audition.  Hearing Research, 247, 60-70
Shepherd, D., Quek, S.Y., and Pathirana, S. (2008). Sucrose detection and the stability of the 2-AFC procedure in the presence of a confounding variable. Journal of Sensory Studies, 23, 600-613.
Shepherd, D., Hautus, M. J., and Hutt, H. (2008). Psychometric functions for hybrid difference discrimination / increment detection tasks.  Journal of the Acoustical Society of America, 124(5), 302-307.
Shepherd, D., and Hautus, M. J. (2007). The Measurement Problem in Audition. Journal of the Acoustical Society of America. 121, 2158-2167.