Sensory Science Research

Akali Reynolds, BA (Auck)

Akali is undertaking her Bachelor of Arts (Honours) under the supervision of Dr. Michael Hautus at the University of Auckland.

Akali is part of a research team exploring the effectiveness of a variety of sensory difference tests, the results of which are 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, BBus (USQ), GDipPsych (Deakin)

Sarah is embarking on her Bachelor of Science (Honours) and completing her dissertation under the supervision of Dr Michael Hautus.

Her background is in hospitality and owning small businesses. She is currently researching taste sensitivity and variability using an array of difference tests.

In addition to university, Sarah’s interests include travelling, languages and spending time with her family.

Alastair Carmichael, BSc (Auck)

Alastair is pursuing his Bachelor of Science (Honours) at the University of Auckland.

His research is exploring preference testing under the supervision of Dr Michael Hautus.

Outside university, Alastair plays Clarinet in an orchestra, and works as a tour guide on Waiheke Island in thesummer.

Sanika Sathe, BA (S.N.D.T), MA (R.T.M.)

Sanika is working towards her Masters Thesis at the University of Auckland under the supervision of Dr. Michael Hautus. Her research revolves around taste sensitivity and discrimination between sensory stimuli.


Sanika's qualifications include Bachelor of Arts (Psychology) from S.N.D.T. University, Mumbai, India and a Master of Arts (Psychology) from R.T.M. Nagpur University, India.


Sanika has a strong research interest in taste sensitivity and various methods for determining sensitivity threshold.