My research interests are in the fields
of behavioural neuroscience and developmental
neuroendocrinology. I investigate how environmental
experiences (e.g., exposure to social stressors,
hormones, malnutrition) either prenatally,
neonatally, or during adolescence, alter
cognitive and emotional behaviour in adulthood
in laboratory rats. I also investigate the
physiological and neurochemical underpinnings
of the effects of early life experiences,
as well as how the early experiences alter
the animal's vulnerability to addictive
drugs. Related research areas of mine are
the investigation sex differences in the
effects of early experiences, and how the
hypothalamic-pituitary-adrenal stress response
is influenced by the actions of sex hormones
in the brain. A third research interest
is how hormones (testosterone, cortisol, estradiol) influence neuropsychological function in people.
A SELECTION OF RECENT
PUBLICATIONS: (students in BOLD)
For a complete list of publications, visit: http://www.psyc.brocku.ca/research/mccormicklab-nw/publications.html.
Hodges TE, Green MR, Simone JJ, McCormick CM (in press) Effects of social context on endocrine function and Zif268 expression in response to an acute stressor in adolescent and adult rats. International Journal of Developmental Neuroscience.
Geniole SN, Keyes AE, Carré JM, McCormick CM (2014) Fearless dominance mediates the relationship between the facial width-to-height ratio and cheating. Personality and Individual Differences. 57:59-64
Geniole SN, Busseri MJ, McCormick CM (in press) Testosterone dynamics and psychopathic personality traits independently predict antagonistic behaviour towards the loser of a competitive interaction. Hormones and Behavior.
Geniole SN, McCormick CM (in press) Taking control of aggression: Perceptions of aggression suppress the link between perceptions of masculinity and attractiveness. Evolutionary Psychology.
Green MR, McCormick CM (in press) Effects of social instability stress in adolescence on long-term, not short-term, spatial memory performance. Behavioural Brain Research.
McCormick CM, Mongillo DL, Simone JJ (2013) Age and adolescent social stress effects on fear extinction in female rats. Stress. 16:678-688.
Boyshyan J, Zebrowitz LA, Franklin RG, McCormick CM, Carré JM (in press) Age similarities in recognizing threat from faces and diagnostic cues. Journal of Gerontology: Psychological Sciences.
McCormick CM, Green MR, Cameron NM, Nixon F, Levy MJ, Clark RA (in press) Deficits in male sexual behaviour in adulthood after social instability stress in adolescence in rats. Hormones and Behavior. 63, 5-12.
McCormick CM (2013) Watch where and how you stick pins when playing with voodoo correlations. Journal of General Psychology. 140: 1-5.
McCormick CM, Green MR (2013) From the stressed adolescent to the anxious and depressed adult: Investigations in rodent models. Neuroscience. 249: 242-257.
Green MR, McCormick CM (2013) Effects of stressors in adolescence on learning and memory in rodent models. Hormones and Behavior. 64: 364-379.
Cote KA, McCormick CM, Geniole SN, Renn RP, MacAuley S (in press) Sleep deprivation lowers reactive aggression and testosterone in men. Biological Psychology.
Green MR, Barnes B, McCormick CM (in press) Social instability stress in adolescence increases anxiety and reduces social interactions in adulthood in male Long Evans rats. Developmental Psychobiology.