Craig McDonald

Craig McDonald

Craig McDonald

Associate Professor

Cognitive and Behavioral Neuroscience: Cognitive control, action monitoring, selective attention

My lab investigates the neural underpinnings of the action monitoring system, a system that facilitates adaptive behavior by enabling evaluation of action outcomes, including errors. A current focus is on how error processing impacts  sensory processing and behavioral performance. My research primarily utilizes electroencephalography (EEG). Event-related potentials (ERPs) and time-frequency (TF) analyses of rhythmic brain activity are used to provide complementary windows into the dynamic cortical activity underlying action monitoring.

https://cbn.gmu.edu/research/cbn-research-groups/mcdonald-lab

Selected Publications

Beatty PJ, Buzzell GA, Roberts DM & McDonald CG (2018) Speeded response errors and the error-related negativity modulate early sensory processing. NeuroImage 183: 112-120.

Buzzell GA, Beatty PJ, Paquette NA, Roberts DM & McDonald CG (2017) Error-induced blindness: error detection leads to impaired sensory processing and reduced accuracy at short response-stimulus intervals. Journal of Neuroscience 37(11): 2895-2903.

Roberts DM, Fedota JR, Buzzell GA, Parasuraman R & McDonald CG (2014) Prestimulus oscillations in the alpha band of the EEG are modulated by the difficulty of feature discrimination and predict activation of a sensory discrimination process. Journal of Cognitive Neuroscience 26(8): 1615-1628.

 

 

Courses Taught

PSYC 372  Biopsychology

PSYC 375  Brain and Sensory Processes

PSYC 592  Cognitive Electrophysiology

PSYC 701  Cognitive Bases of Behavior

Dissertations Supervised

George Buzzell, My Own Worst Enemy: Monitoring for Errors or Processing Feedback Can Lead to Impaired Performance When Inter-Trial-Intervals Are Short (2016)