Associate Professor Greg Anson

TTC (Ardmore), DipPE (Otago), MSc (Wyoming), PhD (Penn State)

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Associate Professor


I am an Associate Professor in the Department of Exercise Sciences,  At the University of Auckland I was Head of Department (2010-2020) Head of the Tāmaki Campus and Associate Dean, Science at Tāmaki (2013-2019) and Acting Dean, Science (2014). 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. 

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

Postgraduate supervision

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

Committees/Professional groups/Services

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)

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  • Srzich, A. J., Cirillo, J., Stinear, J. W., Coxon, J. P., McMorland, A. J. C., & Anson, J. G. (2019). Does hypnotic susceptibility influence information processing speed and motor cortical preparatory activity?. Neuropsychologia, 129, 179-190. 10.1016/j.neuropsychologia.2019.03.014
    Other University of Auckland co-authors: John Cirillo, Angus McMorland
  • Runnalls, K., Ortega-Auriol, P., McMorland, A., Anson, G., & Byblow, W. (9/11/2017). The neurophysiological basis of arm weight support after stroke. Poster presented at Annual Meeting of the American Society for Neurorehabilitation, Baltimore, MD. Journal of Neurorehabilitation & Neural Repair.
    Other University of Auckland co-authors: Angus McMorland, Winston Byblow
  • Runnalls, K., Ortega-Auriol, P., McMorland, A., Anson, G., & Byblow, W. D. (2017). The neurophysiological basis of arm weight support after stroke. Paper presented at 27th Annual Scientific Meeting of the Stroke Society of Australasia, Queenstown, New Zealand. 23 August - 25 August 2017. International Journal of Stroke. (pp. 1). Related URL.
    Other University of Auckland co-authors: Winston Byblow, Angus McMorland
  • Srzich, A., Cirillo, J., Stinear, J., Coxon, J., McMorland, A., & Anson, J. (2017). High hypnotic susceptibility is associated with faster performance in precued reaction time tasks. Paper presented at Progress in Motor Control XI, Miami, Florida. 20 July - 22 July 2017.
    Other University of Auckland co-authors: John Cirillo, Angus McMorland
  • Cirillo, J., Finch, J. B., & Anson, J. G. (2017). The impact of physical activity on motor preparation in young adults. Neuroscience Letters, 638, 196-203. 10.1016/j.neulet.2016.12.045
    Other University of Auckland co-authors: John Cirillo
  • Runnalls, K. D., Anson, G., & Byblow, W. D. (2017). Posture interacts with arm weight support to modulate corticomotor excitability to the upper limb. Experimental Brain Research, 235 (1), 97-107. 10.1007/s00221-016-4775-5
    Other University of Auckland co-authors: Winston Byblow
  • Srzich, A. J., Byblow, W. D., Stinear, J. W., Cirillo, J., & Greg Anson, J. (2016). Can motor imagery and hypnotic susceptibility explain Conversion Disorder with motor symptoms?. Neuropsychologia, 89, 287-298. 10.1016/j.neuropsychologia.2016.06.030
    Other University of Auckland co-authors: Winston Byblow, John Cirillo
  • Anson, G., Cirillo, J., Srzich, A., & Finch, J. B. (16/6/2016). Motor preparation is affected by physical inactivity in young adults. Poster presented at North American Society for the Psychology of Sport and Physical Activity, Montreal, Quebec, Canada.
    Other University of Auckland co-authors: John Cirillo


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Primary office location

BUILDING 903 - Bldg 903
Level 2, Room 265
New Zealand

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