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Dr Ute Kreplin MA, MSc, PgCert, PgDipEd, PhD

Senior Lecturer in Psychology

Doctoral Supervisor
School of Psychology

Dr. Ute Kreplin teaches the Brain and Behaviour paper in Palmerston North. She completed a PhD in Affective Neuroscience at Liverpool John Moores University in the UK. Her PhD looked at prefrontal cortex activation during the experience of emotion in an aesthetic context using functional near-infrared spectroscopy (fNIRS) a tool that measures blood flow.She worked at Oxford and Coventry University in the UK on a project investigating the neuro-stimulation of supernatural beliefs. Her current research aims to understand menstrual health and rural wellbeing.


Contact details

  • Location: 3.26, Psychology
    Campus: Turitea


  • Master's of Arts Joint Hons - University of St Andrews (2009)
  • Master's of Science - University of East London (2012)
  • Postgraduate Certificate - Liverpool John Moores University (2010)
  • Postgraduate Diploma - Massey University (2018)
  • Doctor of Philosophy - Liverpool John Moores University (2014)

Certifications and Registrations

  • Licence, Supervisor, Massey University

Research Expertise

Research Interests

My background is in affective neuroscience, positive psychology, and mental health. Currently I am interested in understanding biological, emotional, and social influence of the menstrual cycle on all aspects of life.


21st Century Citizenship, Health and Well-being

Area of Expertise

Field of research codes
Biological Psychology (Neuropsychology, Psychopharmacology, Physiological Psychology) (170101): Gender Psychology (170105): Health, Clinical and Counselling Psychology (170106): Psychology (170100): Psychology And Cognitive Sciences (170000): Psychology not elsewhere classified (170199)


Affective Neuroscience using functional Near-infreared Spectrscopy (fNIRS)

Menstrual health


Quantified Self

Research Projects

Summary of Research Projects

Position Current Completed
Project Leader 0 3

Research Outputs


Fairclough, SH., Burns, C., & Kreplin, U. (2018). FNIRS activity in the prefrontal cortex and motivational intensity: Impact of working memory load, financial reward, and correlation-based signal improvement. Neurophotonics. 5(3)
[Journal article]Authored by: Kreplin, U.
Kreplin, U., Farias, M., & Brazil, IA. (2018). The limited prosocial effects of meditation: A systematic review and meta-analysis. Scientific Reports. 8(1)
[Journal article]Authored by: Kreplin, U.
Farias, M., Van Mulukom, V., Kahane, G., Kreplin, U., Joyce, A., Soares, P., . . . Möttönen, R. (2017). Supernatural Belief Is Not Modulated by Intuitive Thinking Style or Cognitive Inhibition /631/378/2649/2150 /631/477/2811 article. Scientific Reports. 7(1)
[Journal article]Authored by: Kreplin, U.
Huang, Y., Mao, M., Zhang, Z., Zhou, H., Zhao, Y., Duan, L., . . . Zhu, C. (2017). Test-retest reliability of the prefrontal response to affective pictures based on functional near-infrared spectroscopy. Journal of Biomedical Optics. 22(1)
[Journal article]Authored by: Kreplin, U.
Kreplin, U., & Fairclough, SH. (2015). Effects of self-directed and other-directed introspection and emotional valence on activation of the rostral prefrontal cortex during aesthetic experience. Neuropsychologia. 71, 38-45
[Journal article]Authored by: Kreplin, U.
Kreplin, U., Thoma, V., & Rodway, P. (2014). Looking behaviour and preference for artworks: The role of emotional valence and location. Acta Psychologica. 152, 100-108
[Journal article]Authored by: Kreplin, U.
Kreplin, U., & Fairclough, SH. (2013). Activation of the rostromedial prefrontal cortex during the experience of positive emotion in the context of esthetic experience. An fNIRS study. Frontiers in Human Neuroscience. 7(DEC)
[Journal article]Authored by: Kreplin, U.
Geraerts, E., Dritschel, B., Kreplin, U., Miyagawa, L., & Waddington, J. (2012). Reduced specificity of negative autobiographical memories in repressive coping. Journal of Behavior Therapy and Experimental Psychiatry. 43(SUPPL. 1)
[Journal article]Authored by: Kreplin, U.


Fairclough, S., Ewing, K., Burns, C., & Kreplin, U. (2018). Neural efficiency and mental workload: Locating the red line. In Neuroergonomics: The Brain at Work and in Everyday Life. (pp. 73 - 77).
[Chapter]Authored by: Kreplin, U.
Karran, AJ., & Kreplin, U. (2014). The drive to explore: Physiological computing in a cultural heritage context. In SH. Fairclough, & K. Gilleade (Eds.) Advances in physiological computing. (pp. 169 - 195). London, UK: Springer
[Chapter]Authored by: Kreplin, U.


Ghanbari, M., Kempton, H., & Kreplin, U. (2019). Self-report measures of mindfulness and expectancy effects.. https://www.icm2019.org/programme.html. : International Conference on Mindfulness (ICM) Asia Pacific 2019
[Conference Paper in Published Proceedings]Authored by: Kempton, H., Kreplin, U.
Kreplin, UHE., Farias, M., Joyce, A., Mottonen, R., Kahane, G., & Savulescu, J. (2016). Trying and failing to change belief in the supernatural: A double blind study using transcranial direct current stimulation (tDCS). Poster session presented at the meeting of 28th American Psychology Society Annual Convention. Chicago, Illinois, United States of America
[Conference Poster]Authored by: Kreplin, U.
Kreplin, UHE., & Fairclough, SH. (2014, March). Processing art in the rostral prefrontal cortex of the brain. Presented at Ignite AHRC Science in Culture. London, United Kingdom.
[Conference Oral Presentation]Authored by: Kreplin, U.
Kreplin, UHE., Farias, M., & Ashworth, A. (2014, September). Stimulation of the right inferior frontal gyrus and the modification of supernatural beliefs. Presented at Psychobiology Section Annual Scientific Meeting British Psych Soc. Windermere, United Kingdom.
[Conference Oral Presentation]Authored by: Kreplin, U.
Kreplin, UHE. (2013). The role of the rostral prefrontal cortex (rPFC) during the appraisal of visual art. Poster session presented at the meeting of Beauty & Value. Neuroaesthetics open meeting. Berlin, Germany
[Conference Poster]Authored by: Kreplin, U.

Teaching and Supervision

Graduate Supervision Statement

I am happy to supervise:

  • experimental studies that look at the interplay between menstruation and emotion, cognition, and social aspects in a controlled environment.
  • Intervention studies that look into the consideration of menstruation in clinical practice in general as well as menstruation specific interventions.
  • I am also interested in topics related to education around menstruation for all genders, views of menstruation that differ from western norms and the experience of migrant populations, menstruation and childbirth, and general attitudes towards menstruation.

I have a couple of ready-to-go projects available for research students, at honours or master's level (some are lab-based on the Manawatū campus) and look forward to hearing from PhD and DClin students who would like to discuss potential projects. 

Dr Ute Kreplin is available for Masters and Doctorial supervision.

Summary of Doctoral Supervision

Position Current Completed
Main Supervisor 1 0
Co-supervisor 1 1

Current Doctoral Supervision

Main Supervisor of:

  • Xiaofang Xiao - Doctor of Philosophy
    How selfie behaviours impact romantic relationships

Co-supervisor of:

  • Caroline Szembrener - Doctor of Clinical Psychology
    Exploring Equine-Assisted Mindfulness on the Well-being of youth in New Zealand

Completed Doctoral Supervision

Co-supervisor of:

  • 2020 - Mona Ghanbari Noshari - Doctor of Philosophy
    What Do Mindfulness Scales Measure? Expectation Effects Examined