Dr Daniel Shepherd

Head of Research, Senior Lecturer

Phone: 921 9999 ext. 7238

Email: daniel.shepherd@aut.ac.nz

Physical Address:
AUT University
North Shore Campus, Rm AR151
90 Akoranga Drive
Northcote, Auckland
New Zealand

Postal Address:
AUT University
AUT North Shore Campus
Private Bag 92006
Auckland 1142
New Zealand


BA, MSc (1st class), PhD (Auck)

Memberships and Affiliations:

Honorary Research Fellow, Department of Psychology, University of Auckland
Research Associate, Department of Chemistry, University of Auckland


Dr Shepherd received a PhD in psychoacoustics from the University of Auckland, New Zealand, in 2005.  Since this time he has attained the position of Senior Lecturer at the Auckland University of Technology, where he lectures in the Faculty of Health and Environmental Studies.  He is an Honorary Research Fellow at the University of Auckland, where he has researched and taught in the Departments of Psychology, Chemistry, and Audiology.  The central theme of Daniel’s research is the human response to sound, both audiometrically and psychometrically.  Past and current research projects, many of them published in academic journals, include new methods in audiometric assessment; the quantification of noise sensitivity and noise annoyance; the relationship between noise sensitivity and quality of life; the development of a model of noise-induced stress; the electrophysiological characteristics of noise sensitive individuals, and; the psychological and physiological determinants of noise sensitivity.  Dr Shepherd has represented and consulted with a number of community groups faced with intrusive noise, and argues that noise in the community must be managed with care if it is not to become a health risk. 

Teaching Areas:

Psychometrics, Psychophysics, Psychophysiology

Research Areas:

Psychophysical thresholds
Noise and health
Human response to sound

Research Summary:

Daniel’s research interests are broad, but mostly grounded in psychometric assessment and the application of psychophysics to the assessment and explanation of maladaptive psychological processes.  Current projects include the relationship between psychosocial stressors, personality, and health; retronasal assessment of schizophrenia; autonomic imbalance and mental illness; rapid audiometric testing; and caregiver experiences in mental health.  Future projects will include developing intelligence tests based on adaptive testing protocols; developing child-friendly personality tests; and the continual development of new methods designed to quantify the operating limits of human sensory systems. 

Current Research Projects:

Noise sensitivity and autonomic imbalance
Electrophysiological correlates of music preference
Mental health recovery and the Sujective Wellbeing.


Selected Publications:

Shepherd, D., Hautus, M.J., Sin Ying Lee, and Mulgrew, J. (In Press). Electrophysiological Approaches to Noise Sensitivity. Journal of Clinical and Experimental Neuropsychology.

Shepherd, D., Mulgrew, J., and Hautus, M.J. (2015). Exploring the Autonomic Correlates of Personality. Autonomic Neuroscience: Basic and Clinical, 193, 127-132.

Shepherd, D., and Hautus, M.J. (2015). The Feasibility of Gelatin-based Retronasal Stimuli to Assess Olfactory Perception. SageOpen, October-December 2015: 1–7.

Landon, J., Shepherd, D., McGarry, M., and Miller, R. (2015). When it’s quiet, it’s nice: Noise sensitivity in Schizophrenia. Psychiatric Rehabilitation.

Shepherd, D., Heinonen-Guzejevb, M., Hautus, M. J., and Heikkiläb, K. (2015). Elucidating the Relationship between Noise Sensitivity and Personality. Noise and Health, 17, 54-59.

Shepherd, D., and Sigg, N. (2015). Music Preference, Social Identity, and Self-Esteem. Music Perception, 32(5), 507-514. 

Shepherd, D., Heinonen-Guzejevb, M., Heikkiläb, K., Dirks, K., Hautus, M. J., Welch, D., and McBride, D. (2015).  The Negative Affect Hypothesis of Noise Sensitivity. International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health, 12, 5284-5303.

Medvedev, O., Shepherd, D., and Hautus, M.J. (2015). The restorative potential of soundscapes: a physiological investigation. Applied Acoustics. 96, 20-26. 

Shepherd, D., McBride, D., Dirks, K. N., and Welch, D. (2014). Annoyance and Health-Related Quality of Life: A cross-sectional study involving two noise sources. Journal of Environmental Protection, 5, 400-407.

Robertson, R., Shepherd, D., and Goedeke, S. (2014). Fighting Like Brother and Sister: Sibling Relationships and Future Adult Romantic Relationship Quality. Australian Psychologist, 49(1), 37-43

Thorne, R., and Shepherd, D (2013). Quiet as an Environmental Value. International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health, 10(7), 2741-2759

Clark, C., Shepherd, D., and Hira, S. (2013) Predicting Intention to Complete Training, and Achievement of Learning Outcomes, in a Sample of New Zealand Adult Learners. British Journal of Education, Society & Behavioural Science, 3(4), 542-559

Shepherd, D., Hautus, M.J., and Jesteadt, W. (2013).  Masking functions and fixed-signal functions for low level 1000-Hz tones. Journal of the Acoustical Society of America, 133(6), 4168–4176

Welch, D, Shepherd, D., Dirks, K. N., McBride, D., & Marsh, S. (2013). Road Traffic Noise and Health-Related Quality of Life: a cross sectional study. Noise and Health, 15(65), 224-230.

Shepherd, D., Welch, D., Dirks, K., and McBride, D. (2013) Do quiet areas afford greater health-related quality of life than noisy areas? International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health, 10(4), 1284-1303.

Lee, J., Hautus, M. J., & Shepherd, D. (2012). The neural correlates of noise annoyance and noise sensitivity. Journal of the Acoustical Society of New Zealand, 25(4), 4-11

Robertson, R., Shepherd, D., & Goedeke, S. (2012). The Association between Retrospectively Assessed Sibling Relationship Quality in Adolescence and Current Romantic Relationship Quality. Australian Psychologist (DOI: 10.1111/j.1742-9544.2012.00084.x)

Landon, J., Shepherd, D., Stuart, S., Theadom, A., & Freundlich, S. (2012). Hearing Every Footstep: Noise Sensitivity in Individuals Following Traumatic Brain Injury. Neuropsychological Rehabilitation, 22(3):391-407.

Shepherd, D., McBride, D., Welch, D., Dirks, K. N., & Hill, E. M.  (2011). Evaluating the impact of wind turbine noise on health-related quality of life. Noise and Health, 13(54), 333 – 339

Hautus, M. J., Shepherd, D., and M. Peng, M. (2011). Decision Strategies for the A Not-A, 2AFC, and 2AFC-Reminder Tasks: Empirical Tests. Food Quality and Preference. 22(5), 433-442

Shepherd, D. & Billington, R. (2011). Mitigating the acoustic impacts of modern technologies:  acoustic, health and psychosocial factors informing wind farm placement.  Bulletin of Science, Technology, and Society. 31(5), 389-398

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 and Psychophysics. 73(6), 1934-1947

Hautus, M. J., Shepherd, D., and Peng, M. (2011). Decision strategies for the two-alternative forced-choice procedure with a reminder stimulus. Attention, Perception and Psychophysics, 73(3), 729-737

Hautus, M. J., Stocks, M., and Shepherd, D. (2010). The Single Interval Adjustment Matrix (SIAM) Yes-No Task applied to the measurement of sucrose thresholds. Journal of Sensory Studies 25, 940–955

Keogh, J., Shepherd, D., Krägeloh, C. U., Ryan, C., Masters, J., Shepherd, G., & MacLeod, R. (2010). Predictors of physical activity and quality of life in a sample of New Zealand prostate cancer survivors undergoing androgen deprivation therapy. The New Zealand Medical Journal, 123(1325), 20–29

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

Clapp, W. C., Kirk, I. J., Hamm, J. P., Shepherd, D., and Teyler, T. J. (2005). Induction of LTP in the Human Auditory Cortex by Sensory Stimulation. European Journal of Neuroscience, 22, 1135-1140


2013 Excellence in Publication, School of Public Health and Psychosocial Studies, Auckland University of Technology

2010 Senior Researcher of the Year, School of Public Health and Psychosocial Studies, Auckland University of Technology

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