Professor Gregory McCarthy

Lab News

Hieronimus Loho, a third year Neuroscience undergraduate working in our lab, has just had his first paper come out. It is a letter describing our analysis of over 10M articles in the NYT, Reuters, and Associated Press.  
Our second year graduate student Clara Colombatto and Gregory McCarthy recently published their article “The Effects of Face Inversion and Face Race on the P100 Event-Related Potential” in the Journal of Cognitive Neuroscience. Clara and Greg used ERPs to show neural markers of face processing occurring at as soon as 100 milliseconds, and that processing at these early latencies is greater for own-race faces.
Adam Chekroud was recently feature in a news article posted on the Yale Graduate School of Arts and Sciences website. The article discusses his work on predicting treatment outcomes in mental illness. The article also discusses, Spring, the healthcare company that that he co-founded, which uses his research to improve the way mental illness are treated. Read the full article by clicking on the link.
Our third year graduate student Adam has had his research article published in the Lancet Psychiatry. In the article, they report a statistical algorithm that optimally selects amongst 5 antipsychotic medications for patients with first episode psychosis. The algorithm was validated across 50 mental health centers from 14 European countries, and predicted outcomes with over 70% accuracy using as few as 10 predictor variables.   
JohnMark Taylor, Zarrar Shehzad, and Dr. Gregory McCarthy’s paper entitled “Electrophysiological Correlates of Face-evoked Person Knowledge” is in press at the journal Biological Psychology. The paper uses EEG to examine how the brain retrieves semantic information associated with a perceived face, carefully dissociating the neural effects of visual familiarity versus semantic knowledge.
Congratulations to Dr. Rebecca van den Honert, who earned her Ph.D. after defending her PhD dissertation entitled, “Functional specialization of the medial temporal lobe for human memory.”
Becky van den Honert, Dr. McCarthy, and Dr. Marcia Johnson’s paper entitled “Reactivation supports the later discrimination of similar episodic memories” is in press at the journal Hippocampus. The paper uses representational similarity in medial temporal lobe to predict whether participants will correctly remember repeated exemplars as distinct. Despite the perceptual differences between repeated scenes, higher similarity was associated with correct responses on the memory test and hippocampal activity correlated with pattern similarity in visual cortex.