Focus: Behavioural Neuroscience
Thesis Advisors:Dr. Cheryl McCormick
Undergrad Degree : Canisius College
Graduate: MSc (Sport Administration) Canisius College; MA (Psychology) Brock University
My MA thesis tracked elite hockey players throughout an athletic season in an attempt to investigate the effects of competition on subsequent testosterone and cortisol levels. We found that competition outcome was a significant factor in both the cortisol and testosterone responses. My PhD work will focus on the functional relevance of this different pattern of hormonal responses among winners and losers. That is, does a surge in testosterone serve to increase assertive, dominant, and aggressive behaviours aimed at maintaining or gaining further status? In other words, do hormone changes associated with competition feedback to affect future competitive behaviour(s)?
Obtain a doctorate and work in an academic and/or an applied sport psychology setting.
Carre, JM., & Putnam, SK (in press). Watching a previous victory produces a surge in testosterone among elite hockey players. Psychoneuroendocrinology.
Carre,, JM, McCormick, CM, & Mondloch, CJ (in press). Facial structure is a reliable cue of aggressive behavior. Psychological Science.
Carre, JM (2009). No place like home: Testosterone responses to victory depend on game location. American Journal of Human Biology, 29, 392-394.
Carre, JM., Putnam, SK., & McCormick, CM. (2009). Testosterone responses to competition predict future aggressive behaviour at a cost to reward in men. Psychoneuroendocrinology, 343, 561-570 .
Carre, JM & McCormick, CM. (2008). In your face: Facial metrics predict aggressive behavior in the laboratory and in varsity and professional hockey players. Proceedings of the Royal Society of London: Biological Sciences, 275, 2651-2656.
Carre, JM & McCormick, CM (2008). Aggressive behavior and change in salivary testosterone concentrations predict willingness to engage in a competitive task.. Hormones and Behavior, 54, 403-409.
Carre, J., Muir, C., Belanger, J., & Putnam, SK. (2006). Pre-competition hormonal and psychological levels of elite hockey players: Relationship to the home advantage. Physiology and Behavior, 89, 392-398.