Neuroscience Program

Craig McDonald

Craig McDonald

Craig McDonald

Associate Professor

Executive control, action monitoring, selective attention

My lab investigates the neural underpinnings of, and interplay between, action monitoring and selective attention. A current focus is on how the commission of errors impacts the processing of sensory stimuli and associated behavioral consequences. My research takes advantage of electroencephalography, event-related potentials (ERPs) and brain stimulation techniques such as transcranial alternating current stimulation (tACS) to examine the neural correlates of these cognitive processes.

Selected Publications

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.

Buzzell GA, Roberts DM, Baldwin CL & McDonald CG (2013) An electrophysiological correlate of conflict processing in an auditory spatial Stroop task: The effect of individual differences in navigational style. International Journal of Psychophysiology 90: 265-271.


Courses Taught

PSYC 372  Physiological Psychology

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)