Department of Psychology

Michael McCormick

Michael McCormick

Michael McCormick



  • 2008, B.S. Appalachian State University
  • 2010, M.S. University of North Carolina at Greensboro 
  • 2013, Ph.D.,  University of North Carolina at Greensboro 

About Michael McCormick
Postdoctoral Fellow

After beginning his postdoctoral studies at Cornell University’s Human Neuroscience Institute, Dr. Michael McCormick recently joined Auburn University’s Psychology Department (and MRI Research Center) as a postdoctoral fellow in neuroimaging. He received his B.S. in Psychology from Appalachian State University, and his M.A. and PhD. in Social Psychology from the University of North Carolina at Greensboro. As a postdoc, Dr. McCormick maintains two primary lines of research – one investigating resting state functional connectivity, and the other, the neuroscience of risky decision making, framing, and information processing. The former line of research examines how different areas of the brain work together (i.e. are connected) to accomplish complex tasks, such as maintaining a steady work history and providing good parenting. The latter work focuses on the neurological mechanisms underlying the lateralization of processing styles, and how decision making can be improved by enhancing one processing style or another, depending on the desired effect. In conducting this research, Dr. McCormick developed a method of auditory frequency amplification that capitalizes on the well-documented lateralization of auditory frequencies, and may potentially be used in everyday settings as listeners enjoy a normal listening experience. In his free time, Dr. McCormick enjoys SEC football and thinking about neuroscience.

Representative Publications

McCormick, M., & Seta, J. J. (2016). Lateralized goal framing: How health messages are influenced by valence and contextual/analytic processing. Psychology and Health, 31(5), 535-548.

Reyna, V. F., Weldon, R. B., & McCormick, M. (2015). Educating Intuition: Reducing Risky Decisions Using Fuzzy-Trace Theory. Current Directions in Psychological Science, 24(5), 392-398.

Reyna, V. F., Wilhelms, E. A., McCormick, M. J., & Weldon, R. B (2015). Development of risky decision making: Fuzzy-trace theory and neurobiological perspectives. Child Development Perspectives, 9(2), 122-127. doi: 10.1111/cdep.12117.

McCormick, M., & Seta, J. J. (2012). Lateralized goal framing: How selective presentation impacts message effectiveness. Journal of Health Psychology, 17, 1099-1109.

McCormick, M., & Seta, J. J. (2011). A new method for selectively enhancing hemisphere processing: Voice frequency amplification influences the strength of attribute framing. Laterality, 17, 727-735.

Seta, J. J., McCormick, M., Gallagher, P., McElroy, T., & Seta, C. E. (2010). Voice frequency impacts hemispheric processing of attribute frames. Journal of Experimental Social Psychology, 46, 1089-1092.

McCormick, M., & McElroy, T. (2009). Healthy choices in context: How contextual cues can influence the persuasiveness of framed health messages. Judgment and Decision Making, 4, 248-255.

Last Updated: August 22, 2016