Associate Professor Greg Anson
TTC (Ardmore), DipPE (Otago), MSc (Wyoming), PhD (Penn State)
I am an Associate Professor and Head of the Department of Exercise Sciences, Head of the Tāmaki Campus and Associate Dean, Science at Tāmaki. I received my PhD from Penn State University in 1980. I held academic positions in movement neuroscience at the University of Washington and Oregon State University before returning to New Zealand and the School of Physical Education at the University of Otago in 1985. I was inducted as an International Fellow of the National Academy of Kinesiology (America) in 1997. In 2010 I was appointed Head of the Department of Exercise Sciences at the University of Auckland.
Research | Current
How does the brain control movement?
With students, and other collaborators we seek to find answers to this question using neurophysiological and behavioural tools to investigate, how humans learn, perform and control simple and complex movements that influence activities of daily living. In particular we are interested in the effects of motor conversion disorder, aging, fatigue, hypnosis and cognitive dysfunction on the neuromuscular mechanisms that affect planning and performance of hand and arm movements.
Teaching | Current
Coordinator, EXERSCI 792 A/B MSc Clinical Exercise Physiology research dissertation
Assessor EXERSCI 204, 304, 711
PhD Alexa Srzich
MSc Jessebel Chan
2018 Elected member, Board, International Society of Motor Control
2012 Convenor: University of Auckland Vice-Chancellor’s Lecture Series “Exercise is Medicine”
2010- Elected: Deputy Chair, NZ Tertiary Council for Physical Activity, Sport and Exercise
2010 Convenor, Symposium “Exercise and Science – The Health of Our Nation”, School of Population
Health, University of Auckland, Tamaki Innovation Campus
1997 Elected and Inducted: International Fellow of the American National Academy of Kinesiology (FNAK)
1989 Invitation to participate in the 1st Conference on Motor Control in Down Syndrome, Down Syndrome
Research Fund, Rush-Presbyterian St. Luke's Medical Center, Chicago, Illinois
2004-2009 Director, Applied Science Programme, University of Otago
2010- Head, Department of Exercise Sciences
2013- Head of the Tāmaki Campus
2013- Associate Dean, Science, Tāmaki Campus
Areas of expertise
- Movement neuroscience and motor control
2019 Chair, Organising Committee, Progress in Motor Control-XIII conference, Auckland, 2021
2019 Faculty of Science representative, Newmarket Campus Governance Group
2018-2021 Academic Heads rep, University of Auckland Staffing Committee
2016 Science HOD’s rep, Faculty of Science Staffing Committee
2016-2018 Chair, Exercise Sciences Steering Committee, New building design and construction
2008 Section Editor, Psychology & Psychopathology Section, Motor Control
2009 Member, Governance Board, University of Auckland Clinics
2007 Reviewer for Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada
1999 Associate Editor of the American College of Sports Medicine Journal, Exercise and Sport
Sciences Reviews (1999-2003) (NSERC), July 2007, Reviewer ID#: 295047
1996 Invited to the Editorial Board of Human Movement Science (Editor, Professor H.T.A. Whiting,
York University, United Kingdom)
1996 Invited to the Editorial Board of a new journal (Motor Control) Human Kinetics Publishers
1995 Invited by Professor H.T.A. Whiting (Editor, Human Movement Science) to co-edit (with Dr
M.L. Latash, Penn State University) a special issue focusing on Motor Control
1993 Invited to serve on Organising Committee for and present a paper to 2nd International
Conference on Motor Control in Down Syndrome
Selected publications and creative works (Research Outputs)
- Blakemore, R. L., Hyland, B. I., Hammond-Tooke, G. D., & Anson, J. G. (2013). Distinct Modulation of Event-Related Potentials during Motor Preparation in Patients with Motor Conversion Disorder. PLoS One, 8 (4), 1-8. 10.1371/journal.pone.0062539
- Anson, G. (2012). Hemiparesis and motor conversion disorder. Paper presented at Centre for Brain Research seminar, Auckland Hospital Clinical Education Centre, Auckland, New Zealand. 27 September - 27 September 2012.
- Anson, J. G., Hyland, B. I., & Scott, R. L. (25/9/2011). Event-related potentials provide clues to understanding motor Conversion Disorder. Poster presented at XI International Conference on Cognitive Neuroscience, Palma, Mallorca, Spain.
- Anson, J. G. (2011). Your Brain is Your Biggest Muscle: Exercise It. Paper presented at Tasmanian Haematology Immunology & Neoplasia Group, Cradle Mountain, Tasmania. 13 May - 15 May 2011.
- Scott, R. L., & Anson, J. G. (2011). Distinct Neural Mechanisms Underlie Movement Deficits in Conversion and Feigned Paresis. Paper presented at Sensorimotor Control Satellite Meeting, Australian Society for Neuroscience, University of Auckland, New Zealand. 30 January - 31 January 2011.
- Scott, R. L., Hyland, B. I., Hammond-Tooke, G. D., Franz, E. A., Shemmell, J., & Anson, J. G. (2010). Neural mechanisms of impaired volitional movement in Conversion Disorder. Paper presented at Society for Neuroscience Conference, San Diego, CA, USA. 13 November - 17 November 2010.
- Anson, J. G., Scott, R. L., & Hyland, B. I. (2010). Motor preparation of ‘extent’ is reflected in left hemisphere contingent negative variation. Paper presented at North American Society for Psychology of Sport and Physical Activity, Tucson, Arizona. 10 June - 12 June 2010. NASPSPA Program and Abstracts. (pp. 1).
- Scott, R. L., Hyland, B. I., Hammond-Tooke, G. D., Franz, E. A., & Anson, J. G. (2010). Feigned paresis affects behaviour but not neuromotor preparatory activity. Paper presented at Australasian Winter Conference on Brain Research, Edgewater Hotel, Wanaka, New Zealand. 30 August - 1 September 2010. Proceedings of the International Australasian Winter Conference on Brain Research. (pp. 1).