Gina Grimshaw is a cognitive scientist based in the School of Psychology at Te Herenga Waka Victoria University of Wellington. She leads the Cognitive and Affective Neuroscience Lab, where she and her students study the mechanisms that support interactions between cognition (how we think) and affect (how we feel).
Much of Gina’s research is conducted in virtual reality, where it is possible to track neural and physiological activity, behaviour and action while people are immersed in emotional situations. She also works to apply principles of cognitive psychology to the public understanding of science and the role of science communication in belief change.
Gina regularly collaborates with computer scientists, engineers, interaction designers, and linguists. She has a keen interest in how humans understand artificial intelligence, and the extent to which new generations of artificial intelligence (AI) might incorporate human mechanisms of cognition and emotion.