Jessica McFadyen

Curriculum Vitae

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PhD | 2018

Queensland Brain Institute, The University of Queensland
Supervised by Marta I. Garrido & Jason B. Mattingley
Thesis titled, “Shortcuts for fear in the hierarchical visual brain”

Bachelor of Psychological Science (HONS I ) | 2014

School of Psychology, The University of Queensland
Supervised by Ross Cunnington
Thesis titled, “The effect of caricatured faces on neural signatures of empathy”

Academic Positions

PostdoctoraL researcher | 2018

Queensland Brain Institute, The University of Queensland
Supervised by Oliver Baumann & Jason B. Mattingley

Research assistant | 2012 - 2017

The University of Queensland & Queensland Institute of Medical Research
Various casual positions for psychology, neuroscience, and medical research


In Prep. | McFadyen J, Tsuchiya N, Smout C, Mattingley J B, & Garrido M I
Expectations speed up conscious perception of neutral but not fearful faces.

Accepted | McFadyen J, Mattingley J B, & Garrido M I
An afferent subcortical white matter pathway to the amygdala facilitates fear recognition, eLife

2018 | Baumann O, Vromen J M G, Cheung A, McFadyen J, Ren Y, & Guo C C
Neural correlates of temporal complexity and synchrony during audioviual correspondence detection, eNeuro

2017 | Bret, A, Beffara B, McFadyen J, & Mermillod M
Right wing authoritarianism is associated with race bias in face detection, PLoS One

2017 | McFadyen J, Mermillod M, Mattingley J B, Halász V, & Garrido M I
A rapid subcortical amygdala route for faces irrespective of spatial frequency and emotion, Journal of Neuroscience

2015 | Bednark J G, Poonian S K, Palghat K, McFadyen J, & Cunnington R
Identity-specific predictions and implicit measures of agency, Psychology of Consciousness: Theory, Research, and Practice

2015 | Cao Y, Contreras-Huerta L S, McFadyen J, & Cunnington R
Racial bias in neural response to others’ pain is reduced with other-race contact, Cortex

2015 | Poonian S K, McFadyen J, Ogden J, & Cunnington R
Implicit agency in observed actions: Evidence for N1 suppression of tones caused by self-made and observed actions, Journal of Cognitive Neuroscience

Technical Skills

Data Collection

Behavioural (PsychToolbox, Cogent), EEG (BIOSEMI, Brain Products, BIOPAC), MEG (Elekta Neuromag), & MRI (Siemens 3T & 7T) testing in healthy participants.

Data analysis

  • Published analyses include univariate and multivariate M/EEG, dynamic causal modelling of fMRI and MEG, probabilistic tractography, behavioural decision modelling

  • ­Fluent in MATLAB, experienced in R, Python, and Linux bash/shell

  • ­Toolbox experience includes SPM, FSL, Fieldtrip, EEGLAB, & MRTrix

  • Proficient in statistical analysis theory and practice (SPSS, R, JASP)