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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



Qualifications

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

Key Publications

  • Please visit the Pure Research Information Portal for further information
  • A preliminary investigation into the relationship between empathy, autistic like traits and emotion recognition, Martin, R., McKenzie, K., Metcalfe, D., Pollet, T., McCarty, K. 15 Jan 2019, In: Personality and Individual Differences
  • Are attitudinal and perceptual body image the same or different?, Cornelissen, K., Widdrington, H., Mccarty, K., Pollet, T., Tovée, M., Cornelissen, P. 1 Dec 2019, In: Body Image
  • Dissociations in semantic cognition, Teige, C., Cornelissen, P., Mollo, G., Gonzalez Alam, T., McCarty, K., Smallwood, J., Jefferies, E. 1 Nov 2019, In: Cortex
  • Distorted body image influences body schema in individuals with negative bodily attitudes, Irvine, K., McCarty, K., McKenzie, K., Pollet, T., Cornelissen, K., Tovée, M., Cornelissen, P. Jan 2019, In: Neuropsychologia
  • Emotion recognition from body movement and gesture in children with Autism Spectrum Disorder is improved by situational cues, Metcalfe, D., McKenzie, K., McCarty, K., Pollet, T. 1 Mar 2019, In: Research in Developmental Disabilities
  • How does variation in the body composition of both stimuli and participant modulate self-estimates of men’s body size?, Groves, V., Cornelissen, P., McCarty, K., Mohamed, S., Maalin, N., Tovée, M., Cornelissen, K. 9 Oct 2019, In: Frontiers in Psychiatry
  • Hungry people prefer larger bodies and objects, Saxton, T., McCarty, K., Caizley, J., McCarrick, D., Pollet, T. 2 Aug 2019, In: British Journal of Psychology
  • The Relationship between Depression and Insomnia Symptoms Amongst a Sample of UK University Students, Akram, U., Akram, A., Gardani, M., Ypsilanti, A., McCarty, K., Allen, S., Lazuras, L. 30 Jun 2019, In: Sleep Medicine Research
  • The visual cues that drive the self-assessment of body size, Irvine, K., McCarty, K., Pollet, T., Cornelissen, K., Tovée, M., Cornelissen, P. 1 Jun 2019, In: Body Image
  • The relations between processing style, autistic-like traits, and emotion recognition in individuals with and without Autism Spectrum Disorder, Mckenzie, K., Murray, A., Wilkinson, A., Murray, G., Metcalfe, D., O'Donnell, M., McCarty, K. 1 Jan 2018, In: Personality and Individual Differences

PGR Supervision

Connor Leslie Start: 01/10/2019


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