Akali Reynolds, BA (Hons) - Akali undertook her Bachelor of Arts (Honours) under the supervision of Dr. Michael Hautus at the University of Auckland.

Akali was part of a research team exploring the effectiveness of a variety of sensory difference tests, the results of which were analysed using signal detection theory. She has a keen interest in how differing performance across similar tasks sheds light on underlying cognitive strategies.

Sarah Brandeis, BSc (Hons),BBus (USQ), GDipPsych (Deakin) - Sarah embarked on her Bachelor of Science (Honours) and completed her dissertation under the supervision of Dr Michael Hautus. Her background is in hospitality and owning small businesses.

She researched taste sensitivity and variability using an array of difference tests. In addition to university, Sarah’s interests included travelling, languages and spending time with her family.

Alastair Carmichael, BSc (Auck) - Alastair gained his Bachelor of Science (Honours) at the University of Auckland. His research was exploring preference testing under the supervision of Dr Michael Hautus.

Outside university, Alastair played Clarinet in an orchestra, and worked as a tour guide on Waiheke Island in the summer.

Ashik Patel, BA (Auck), BA (Hons) - Ashik undertook his Bachelor of Arts (Hons) at the University of Auckland, and a Bachelor of Law at the University of London via correspondence.His research interests included sensory and consumer science and their application to industry.

Ashik pursued a project with another Honours and a Masters student, his research was on difference testing, particularly in examining the variability of measurement.

Jonghyun Jun (JJ), BSc (Hons) - JJ undertook an Honours (BSc) in psychology under the supervision of Dr. Michael Hautus at the University of Auckland.JJ's research was on difference testing, in particular looking at the variability of measurement using four task methods. JJ undertook the same research with other honours and masters students.

JJ developed interest in sensory psychology, especially with regards to individual difference in tasting. He also started to learn how to facilitate experiments and the importance of sensitivity and signal detection theory.

Sin Ying Lee (Jenny), MSc (Auck) - Jenny has a Bachelor of Science (Hons) (University of Auckland) and a Bachelor of Health Science (Auckland University of Technology). She is adept at computer programming using Biotrace, LabView, and Matlab, and is fluent in three languages.Jenny’s research interests are noise sensitivity; auditory perceptions and sensations.

Her current projects involve sensory gating and noise sensitivity; neural correlates of noise annoyance; individual differences in automatic functioning: assessing the dimensions of personality and noise sensitivity.

Miriam Stocks, PhD (Auck) - Miriam has a Master of Arts (University of Auckland) in Psychology, for which her research was on estimating taste thresholds.

As a PhD candidate, Miriam tested consumers and experts to determine the most powerful psychophysical task for a particular product or solution, determining whether the type of stimulus affects the decision strategies participant’s use, and how the information provided to participants affects their decision making.

Within these issues Miriam investigated the differences between consumer and expert decision making.

Mei Peng, PhD (Auck) - Mei Peng undertook her PhD in the Psychophysics Lab after completing her Master of Arts under the supervision of Dr. Michael Hautus at The University of Auckland.

As a member of the Joint Graduate School in Plant and Food Science, Mei is closely affiliated with The New Zealand Institute for Plant & Food Research Limited.

With a strong research interest in quantitative assessment of sensory system, Mei is experienced in handling and analyzing sensory evaluation data.

Mei's project was on the variation of people's olfactory perception. Previous research has confirmed the great variability in human's sensory odour perception, including odour detectability, intensity judgements, hedonic responses etc.

Veema Lodhia, PhD (Auck) - Veema investigated perceptual processing in autistic spectrum disorder. Her research interests include auditory and visual perception, developmental disorders (e.g. Autism), brain connectivity & structure, electroencephalography, Magnetoencephalography and fMRI techniques.

Veema has research connections with the Centre for Brain Research; Macquarie Centre for Cognitive Science; Autism NZ; Altogether Autism; NZ Aspire Trust; International Society of Autism Research (INSAR); Autism Alliance; & the University of Tübingen. In 2011, Veema was awarded two Student Travel Awards (IMFAR; ACNC).

Her skills include EEG (EGI), BESA, Lab view, Wechsler Abbreviated Scale of Intelligence, Social Communication Questionnaire. 

Amber McClelland, MSc(Auck) - Amber has a Bachelor of Science with Honours (1st class) in Psychology from the University of Auckland, and completed a Master of Science in Psychology at the University of Auckland and Plant and Food Research.

Amber's research interests included sensory and consumer science and their application to industry, specifically, threshold and preference testing of food/flavours. Her skills include production of olfactory stimuli for the measurement of retronasal thresholds.

Amber's Masters thesis was on the correlation of orthonasal and retronasal thresholds for a specific food flavour.