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Dr Kris McCarty

Senior Lecturer

Department: Psychology

His PhD research investigated female perceptions of male dance movements where he pioneered the use of a 3D motion capture suite in Sports Central to precisely record the movements of men with clinical accuracy. He then converted the resulting movement data (which is a collection of moving dots) into standardised humanoid avatars (or virtual CGI characters) before getting them rated by women. He has published his findings in high quality international journals such as Biology Letters.

Following his PhD, Kris was granted a Research Fellowship at Northumbria to continue his work in biological motion, further develop his motion capture technology and to expand its focus to other areas of psychology. Kris is currently developing a methodology that will allow for the recording of intricate hand gestures and facial expressions that will be used to investigate emotion perception problems with those with intellectual disabilities and autism. In addition to this, he is also working on the development of hyper realistic CGI characters for use in a variety of studies and disciplines (for example, evolutionary psychology, neuropsychology, body image and cognitive psychology) that will vastly improve the stimuli in these areas of research by removing all ambiguities of past work whilst still maintaining precise control over their features. Examples of these can be found on his personal website.

In addition to his research activities, Kris is also the Psychology Lab Manager where he oversees the department’s specialist hardware and software (for example eye trackers, body scanners, stimuli presentation computers, motion capture systems and virtual reality suite) and provides training to staff and students on their use. Also as part of this role, Kris programs bespoke experiments for staff and students using Python and the PsychoPy libraries.

I am currently a Research Fellow and Laboratory Manager in the Department of Psychology where my primary focus is the use of technology in research. I oversee all the departments technical resources including eye-trackers, motion capture suites and VR labs where I train staff and students on their use. I also am the departments primary programmer for experimental and data analysis routines using a variety of languages (e.g. Python, C++, JavaScript, R). Furthermore, I engineer bespoke electronics for use in data acquisition and analysis such as input devices, distance and motion sensing, and TTL triggers.  

I teach on the MRes Psychology course where I teach students psychological research skills and techniques. This module introduces students to using experiment development software as well as scripting languages to run experiment and data analysis routines. The module also introduces students to the use of specialist hardware to support research questions and hypotheses.

Kris McCarty

Campus Address

NB163 Northumberland Building



Key Publications

  • Please visit the Pure Research Information Portal for further information
  • An exploration of the impact of contextual information on the emotion recognition ability of autistic adults, Metcalfe, D., McKenzie, K., Pollet, T., McCarty, K., Murray, G. 14 Feb 2022, In: International Journal of Psychology
  • Are we measuring loneliness in the same way in men and women in the general population and in the older population? Two studies of measurement equivalence., Pollet, T., Thompson, A., Malcolm, C., McCarty, K., Saxton, T., Roberts, S. 19 Apr 2022, In: PLoS One
  • The effect of own body concerns on judgements of other women’s body size, Cornelissen, K., Brokjøb, L., Gumančík, J., Lowdon, E., McCarty, K., Tovee, M., Cornelissen, P. 30 Mar 2022, In: Frontiers in Psychology
  • Evaluating an evidence-based online screening tool to identify learning disability, McKenzie, K., Murray, A., Thompson, J., Horridge, K., McCarty, K. 1 Apr 2021, In: Learning Disability Practice
  • Extraversion is associated with advice network size, but not network density or emotional closeness to network members, Malcolm, C., Saxton, T., McCarty, K., Roberts, S., Pollet, T. 1 Jan 2021, In: Personality and Individual Differences
  • Themes, communities and influencers of online probiotics chatter: A retrospective analysis from 2009-2017, Vijaykumar, S., Raamkumar, A., McCarty, K., Mutumbwa, C., Mustafa, J., Au, C. 21 Oct 2021, In: PLoS One
  • An evaluation of the distribution properties, factor structure, and item response profile of an assessment of emotion recognition, McKenzie, K., Murray, A., Murray, K., O'Donnell, M., Murray, G., Metcalfe, D., McCarty, K. Mar 2020, In: Heliyon
  • An exploration into the conversations around sexual functioning that males with Sjögren’s syndrome have on an internet forum, McCready, J., McCarty, K., Deary, V., Collins, T., Hackett, K. 2 Jun 2020, In: Annals of the Rheumatic Diseases
  • Hungry people prefer larger bodies and objects: The importance of testing boundary effects, Saxton, T., McCarty, K., Caizley, J., McCarrick, D., Pollet, T. 1 Aug 2020, In: British Journal of Psychology
  • Hypogravity reduces trunk admittance and lumbar muscle activation in response to external perturbations, De Martino, E., Salomoni, S., Winnard, A., McCarty, K., Lindsay, K., Riazati, S., Weber, T., Scott, J., Green, D., Hides, J., Debuse, D., Hodges, P., Van Dieën, J., Caplan, N. Apr 2020, In: Journal of Applied Physiology

PGR Supervision

Connor Leslie Characteristics and Perceptions of Physical Dominance from the Body Language of Men Start Date: 01/10/2019

Qualifications

  • Psychology PhD September 29 2008
  • Psychology BSc (Hons) June 30 2008


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