Jill McGaughy

Phone: (603) 862-2610
Office: Psychology, McConnell Hall Rm 404F, Durham, NH 03824
Jill McGaughy


  • Ph.D., Psychology, Ohio State University
  • M.A., Psychology, Ohio State University
  • B.A., Psychology, Bradley University

Research Interests

  • Translational neuroscience of cognitive control, prefrontal cortex and prenatal insults

Courses Taught

  • INCO 590: Rsrch Exp/Psychology
  • NSB 400: Topics Neuroscience & Behavior
  • PSYC 440A: Honors/Human Brain
  • PSYC 531: Psychobiology
  • PSYC 733: Drugs and Behavior
  • PSYC 736: Attention Disorders
  • PSYC 991: Pract&Sem/Teaching Psychology

Selected Publications

Mokler, D. J., Miller, C. E., & McGaughy, J. A. (2017). Evidence for a role of corticopetal, noradrenergic systems in the development of executive function. Neurobiology of Learning and Memory, 143, 94-100. doi:10.1016/j.nlm.2017.02.011

Murphy, K. L., McGaughy, J., Croxson, P. L., & Baxter, M. G. (2017). Exposure to sevoflurane anesthesia during development does not impair aspects of attention during adulthood in rats. Neurotoxicology and Teratology, 60, 87-94. doi:10.1016/j.ntt.2016.11.010

Peter, C. J., Fischer, L. K., Kundakovic, M., Garg, P., Jakovcevski, M., Dincer, A., . . . Akbarian, S. (2016). DNA Methylation Signatures of Early Childhood Malnutrition Associated With Impairments in Attention and Cognition. Biological Psychiatry, 80(10), 765-774. doi:10.1016/j.biopsych.2016.03.2100

Bradshaw, S. E., Agster, K. L., Waterhouse, B. D., & McGaughy, J. A. (2016). Age-related changes in prefrontal norepinephrine transporter density: The basis for improved cognitive flexibility after low doses of atomoxetine in adolescent rats. Brain Research, 1641, 245-257. doi:10.1016/j.brainres.2016.01.001

Fischer, L. K., McGaughy, J. A., Bradshaw, S. E., Weissner, W. J., Amaral, A. C., Rosene, D. L., . . . Galler, J. R. (2016). Prenatal protein level impacts homing behavior in Long-Evans rat pups. Nutritional Neuroscience, 19(5), 187-195. doi:10.1179/1476830515y.0000000001

Hasselmo, M. E., & McGaughy, J. (2004). High acetylcholine levels set circuit dynamics for attention and encoding and low acetylcholine levels set dynamics for consolidation. Unknown Journal, 207-231. doi:10.1016/s0079-6123(03)45015-2

McGaughy, J., Dalley, J. W., Morrison, C. H., Everitt, B. J., & Robbins, T. W. (2002). Selective Behavioral and Neurochemical Effects of Cholinergic Lesions Produced by Intrabasalis Infusions of 192 IgG-Saporin on Attentional Performance in a Five-Choice Serial Reaction Time Task. The Journal of Neuroscience, 22(5), 1905-1913. doi:10.1523/jneurosci.22-05-01905.2002

Dalley, J. W., McGaughy, J., O'Connell, M. T., Cardinal, R. N., Levita, L., & Robbins, T. W. (2001). Distinct Changes in Cortical Acetylcholine and Noradrenaline Efflux during Contingent and Noncontingent Performance of a Visual Attentional Task. The Journal of Neuroscience, 21(13), 4908-4914. doi:10.1523/jneurosci.21-13-04908.2001

McGaughy, J., & Sarter, M. (1995). Behavioral vigilance in rats: task validation and effects of age, amphetamine, and benzodiazepine receptor ligands. Psychopharmacology, 117(3), 340-357. doi:10.1007/bf02246109

McGaughy, J., Kaiser, T., & Sarter, M. (n.d.). Behavioral vigilance following infusions of 192 IgG-saporin into the basal forebrain: Selectivity of the behavioral impairment and relation to cortical AChE-positive fiber density.. Behavioral Neuroscience, 110(2), 247-265. doi:10.1037/0735-7044.110.2.247

Most Cited Publications