Dr Daniel Shepherd, PhD (Auck)

Daniel received a PhD in psychoacoustics from the University of Auckland, New Zealand, in 2005. He is now a Senior Lecturer at the Auckland University of Technology, where he lectures in the Faculty of Health and Environmental Studies. 

In 2010, he won the award of Senior Researcher of the Year, School of Public Health and Psychosocial Studies, Auckland University of Technology.

Daniel is an Honorary Research Fellow at the University of Auckland, where he has researched and taught in the Departments of Psychology, Chemistry, and Audiology.

Daniel's research interests include: Psychoacoustics, Sensory Evaluation, Electrophysiological response to sound, Noise and Health, Retronasal perception

His currect projects are:

  • Psychoacoustic studies into the processing of low level sounds;

  • the effect of soundscape on recovery after stress;

  • the relationship between heart rate variability and personality;

  • the electrophysiological correlates of noise sensitivity;

  • the impact of road-traffic and wind turbine noise on health-related quality of life.

Selected Publications

Shepherd, D., Hautus, M. J., Stocks, M.A., and Quek, S. Y. (2011). The Single Interval Adjustment Matrix (SIAM) yes-no task: an empirical assessment using auditory and gustatory stimuli. Attention, Perception & Psychophysics. DOI: 10.3758/s13414-011-0137-3

Shepherd, D., Welch, D., Dirks, K.N., and Mathews, R. (2010). Exploring the Relationship between Noise Sensitivity, Annoyance and Health-Related Quality of Life in a Sample of Adults Exposed to Environmental Noise. International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health. 7(10): 3579-3594

Shepherd, D., & Hautus, M. J. (2009). Evidence of stochastic resonance in an auditory discrimination task may reflect response bias. Attention, Perception and Psychophysics, 71 (8), 1931-1940

Shepherd, D., & Hautus, M. J. (2009). Negative Masking and the Units Problem in Audition. Hearing Research, 247, 60-70

Shepherd, D., Quek, S.Y., and Pathirana, S. (2008). Sucrose detection and the stability of the 2-AFC procedure in the presence of a confounding variable. Journal of Sensory Studies, 23, 600-613

Shepherd, D., Hautus, M. J., and Hutt, H. (2008). Psychometric functions for hybrid difference discrimination / increment detection tasks. Journal of the Acoustical Society of America, 124(5), 302-307

Shepherd, D., & Hautus, M. J. (2007). The Measurement Problem in Audition. Journal of the Acoustical Society of America. 121, 2158-2167