Jessica McFadyen

Curriculum Vitae

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PhD | 2019

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

Research Fellow | 2019 - present

Max Plank UCL Centre for Computational Psychiatry and Ageing Research, London, UK
Supervised by Ray Dolan

Adjunct Fellow | 2019 - Present

Queensland Brain Institute, The University of Queensland, Brisbane, Australia

PostdoctoraL researcher | 2018 - 2019

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

Research assistant | 2012 - 2017

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


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

2019 | McFadyen, J
Investigating the Subcortical Route to the Amygdala Across Species and in Disordered Fear Responses. Journal of Experimental Neuroscience

2019 | McFadyen J, Mattingley J B, & Garrido M I
An afferent subcortical white matter pathway to the amygdala facilitates fear recognition. eLife

2019 | Baumann O, Crawshaw E, McFadyen J
Survival of the fittest: Increased stimulus competition during encoding results in fewer but more robust memory traces. Frontiers in Psychology

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

Human cognitive neuroscience:

  • Behavioural (PsychToolbox, Cogent)

  • ­EEG (BIOSEMI, Brain Products, BIOPAC)

  • ­MEG (Elekta Neuromag)

  • ­MRI (Siemens 3T & 7T)

Data analysis

Published analyses include:

  • Univariate and multivariate M/EEG

  • ­Dynamic causal modelling of fMRI and MEG data

  • ­Probabilistic tractography

  • ­Behavioural decision modelling (e.g. drift diffusion modelling)

Computational skills:

  • ­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)