Paul Beatty

Paul Beatty

Paul Beatty

Graduate Teaching Assistant

Cognitive and Behavioral Neuroscience: Attention, sensory processes, performance monitoring, subjective confidence, neuroimaging techniques

Paul Beatty received his Bachelors of Science in Psychology (with honors) and a minor in Neuroscience from George Mason University in the Spring of 2015. He is currently a PhD student in the Cognitive and Behavioral Neuroscience program under Dr. Craig McDonald. His research interests include performance monitoring, attention, sensory processes, and subjective confidence.  In addition, he is interested in learning about the electrophysiological properties of the brain and a wide variety of neuroimaging techniques.

Current Research

-Effects of Error Correction on Indices of Performance Monitoring

-Post Error Neurobehavioral Adaptations

-Electrophysiological Investigation of Social Robotics and Feedback Processing

Selected Publications

Beatty, P., Buzzell, G., Roberts, D., & McDonald, C. (2018). Speeded response errors and the error-related negativity modulate early sensory processing. Neuroimage. 183. 112-120. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.neuroimage.2018.08.009

Beatty, P., Buzzell, G., Roberts, D., & McDonald, C. (2020). Contrasting time and frequency domains: Transient theta oscillations predict adaptive post-error compensations. Cognitive, Affective, & Behavioral Neuroscience, 1-12

De Visser, E*, Beatty, P*, Estepp, J., Kohn, S., Abubshait, A., Fedota, J., McDonald, C. (2018). Learning from the slips of others: Neural correlates of trust in automated agents. Frontiers in Human Neuroscience, 12(309). doi: 10.3389/fnhum.2018.00309

Abubshait, A, Beatty, P, McDonald, C, Hassall, C, Krigolson, O, Wiese, E. (Under Review). A win-win situation: Does familiarity with a social robot modulate feedback monitoring and learning? Social Neuroscience

Buzzell, G., Beatty, P., Paquette, N., Roberts, D., McDonald, C. (2017). Error-induced blindness: error detection leads to impaired sensory processing and lower accuracy when response stimulus intervals are short. Journal of Neuroscience, 37(11), 28955-2903. doi:10.1523/jneurosci.1202- 16.2017

Wiese, E., Buzzell, G., Abubshait, A., Beatty, P. (2018). Seeing minds in others: Mind perception modulates low-level social-cognitive performance and relates to ventromedial prefrontal structures. Cognitive, Affective, & Behavioral Neuroscience, 1-20. doi.org/10.3758/s13415- 018-0608-2

Grants and Fellowships

CHSS Summer Research Fellowship (Summer 2020)

Psychology Department Summer Research Fellowship (Summer 2019)

Courses Taught

Cognitive Electrophysiology (PSYC 592)

Physiological Psychology Lecture (PSYC 372)

Brain and Behavior Part 2 Lecture (PSYC 376)

Physiological Psychology Lab (PSYC 373)

Statistics in Psychology Lab (PSYC 300)

Recent Presentations

Beatty, P., Buzzell, G., Roberts, D., McDonald, C. (2019). Contrasting time and frequency domains: Transient theta oscillations predict adaptive post-error compensations. 59th Annual Society for Psychophysiological Research (SPR) Meeting. Lecture conducted from Washington DC.
 
Beatty, P., Buzzell, G., Roberts, D., McDonald, C. (2018). Speeded response errors and the error-related negativity modulate early sensory processing. 58th Annual Society for Psychophysiological Research (SPR) Meeting. Lecture conducted from Quebec City, Canada.

Beatty, P., Buzzell, G., Roberts, D., McDonald, C. (2018). The error related negativity is predictive of diminished visual processing in a motor conflict task. 25th Annual Cognitive Neuroscience Society (CNS) Meeting. Lecture conducted from Boston, MA.

Beatty, P., Buzzell, G., Paquette, N., Roberts, D., McDonald, C. (2017). Error-induced blindness: Error detection leads to impaired sensory processing and lower accuracy when response stimulus intervals are short. 24th Annual Cognitive Neuroscience Society (CNS) Meeting. Lecture conducted from San Francisco, CA.

Beatty, P., Fedota, J., Roberts, D., McDonald, C. (2017). The influence of distractor interference and stimulus ambiguity on neural indices of performance monitoring. 47th Annual Society for Neuroscience (SfN) Meeting. Lecture conducted from Washington DC.

Beatty, P., Buzzell, G., Roberts, D., McDonald, C. (2016). P3b and Pe as Neural Indices of Confidence. 23rd Annual Cognitive Neuroscience Society (CNS) Meeting. Lecture conducted from New York, NY.