Laura T. Germine


Simches Research Center 6.252 | 185 Cambridge Street | Boston, MA 02114
lgermine (a) gmail.com

Education

  • PhD, Harvard University

  • 2007 - 2012
  • Psychology: Experimental Psychopathology
  • NSF Graduate Research Fellow
  • Advisor: Christine Hooker, Ph.D.
  • BA, University of California, Berkeley, CA

  • 1999 - 2004
  • Molecular and Cell Biology: Neurobiology
  • Employment

  • Postdoctoral Research Fellow

  • PI: Jordan Smoller, MD, ScD
  • Center for Human Genetic Research / Psychiatry Department
  • Massachusetts General Hospital / Harvard Medical School
  • September 2012 - present
  • Postdoctoral Research Associate

  • PI: Jeremy Wilmer, PhD
  • Psychology Department. Wellesley College.
  • June 2012 - September 2012
  • Lab Manager / Research Assistant

  • PI: Brad Duchaine, PhD
  • Institute of Cognitive Neuroscience/Psychology. University College London (UK).
  • November 2005 - August 2007
  • Fellowships

  • Ruth L. Kirschstein National Research Service Award (F32) - 2014
  • Stuart T. Hauser Research Fellowship in Biological and Social Psychiatry (T32) - 2013
  • National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellowship - 2007
  • UC Berkeley Undergraduate Research Fellowship - 2003
  • Honors and Awards

  • MGH Clinical Research Award for Psychiatry - 2012
  • George W. Goethals Award for Excellence in Teaching - Spring 2011
  • George W. Goethals Award for Excellence in Teaching - Fall 2010
  • George W. Goethals Award for Excellence in Teaching - Spring 2010
  • George W. Goethals Award for Excellence in Teaching - Fall 2009
  • Bok Center Certificate of Distinction in Teaching - Spring 2011
  • Bok Center Certificate of Distinction in Teaching - Fall 2010
  • Bok Center Certificate of Distinction in Teaching - Spring 2010
  • LL Chaikoff Award Nominee for outstanding achievement and excellence in Neurobiology - 2004
  • Publications

    Peer-reviewed manuscripts

  • *submitted
  • *Germine, L., Dunn, E.C., McLaughlin, K.A., and Smoller, J.W. (submitted) Childhood adversity is associated with adult social motivation and theory of mind, but not face processing.

  • *Hartshorne, J., and Germine, L. (submitted) When does cognitive functioning peak? The asynchronous rise and fall of different cognitive abilities across the lifespan.

  • Wilmer, J., Nakayama, K., and Germine, L. (in press) Face recognition: a model specific ability. Frontiers in Human Neuroscience. pdf

  • Tosto, M.G., Petrill, S.A., Halberda, J., Trzaskowski, M., Tikhomirova, T.N., Bogdanova, O.Y., Ly, R., Wilmer, J.B., Naiman, D.Q., Germine, L., Plomin, R., and Kovas, Y. (2014) Why do we differ in Number Sense? Evidence from a genetically sensitive investigation. Intelligence, 43: 35-46. pdf

  • Susilo, T., Germine, L., and Duchaine, B. (2013) Face recognition ability matures late: Evidence from individual differences in young adults. Journal of Experimental Psychology: Human Perception and Performance., 39(5): 1212-1217. pdf

  • Germine, L., Benson, T., Cohen, F., and Hooker, C. (2013) Psychosis-proneness and the rubber hand illusion of body ownership. Psychiatry Research, 207(1-2):45-52. pdf

  • Wilmer, J., Germine, L., Chabris, C., Chatterjee, G., Gerbasi, M., and Nakayama, K. (2012) Capturing specific abilities as a window into human individuality: the example of face recognition. Cognitive Neuropsychology, 29(5-6):360-392. pdf

  • Germine, L., Nakayama, K., Duchaine, B., Chabris, C., Chatterjee, G., and Wilmer, J. (2012) Is the web as good as the lab? Comparable performance from web and lab in cognitive/perceptual experiments. Psychonomic Bulletin & Review, 19(5): 847-857. pdf

  • Halberda, J., Ly, R., Wilmer, J., Naiman, D., and Germine, L. (2012) Number sense across the lifespan as revealed by a massive internet-based sample. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, 109(28): 11116-11120. pdf

  • Germine, L., Garrido, L., Bruce, L., and Hooker, C. (2011) Social anhedonia is associated with neural abnormalities during face emotion processing. Neuroimage, 58(3): 935-945. pdf

  • Germine, L., Duchaine, B., and Nakayama, K. (2011) Where cognitive development and aging meet: Face learning ability peaks after age 30. Cognition, 118(2): 201-210. pdf

  • Germine, L. and Hooker, C. (2011) Face emotion recognition is related to individual differences in psychosis-proneness. Psychological Medicine, 41(5): 937-948. pdf

  • Germine, L., Cashdollar, N., Duzel, E., and Duchaine, B. (2011) A new selective developmental deficit: Impaired object recognition with normal face recognition. Cortex, 47: 598-607. pdf

  • Wilmer, J., Germine, L., Loken, E., Guo, X., Chatterjee, G., Nakayama, K., Williams, M., Chabris, C., and Duchaine, B. (2010) Response to Thomas: Is human face recognition ability entirely genetic? Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, 107(24): E101. pdf

  • Wilmer, J., Germine, L., Chabris, C., Chatterjee, G., Williams., M., Loken, E., Nakayama, K., and Duchaine, B. (2010) Human face recognition ability is specific and highly heritable. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, 107(11): 5238-5241. pdf

  • Hooker, C., Verosky, S., Germine, L., Knight, R.T., and D'Esposito, M. (2010) Neural activity during social signal perception correlates with self-reported empathy. Brain Research, 1308: 100-113. pdf

  • Duchaine, B., Jenkins, R., Germine, L., and Calder, A. (2009) Normal gaze discrimination and adaptation in seven prosopagnosics. Neuropsychologia, 47(10): 2029-2036. pdf

  • Hooker, C., Verosky, S., Germine, L., Knight, R.T., and D'Esposito, M. (2008) Mentalizing about emotion and its relationship to empathy. Social Cognitive Affective Neuroscience, 3: 204-217. pdf

  • Duchaine, B., Germine L., & Nakayama, K. (2007). Family Resemblance: Ten Family Members with Prosopagnosia and Within-Class Object Agnosia. Cognitive Neuropsychology, 24: 419-430. pdf

  • Hooker, C., Germine, L., Knight, R.T., and D'Esposito, M. (2006). Amygdala response to facial expressions reflects emotional learning. Journal of Neuroscience, 26(35): 8915-8922 pdf

  • Conference Abstracts and Presentations

  • Germine, L., Wilmer, J., Nakayama, K., & Smoller, J. (2013). Crowdsourcing methods for characterizing cognitive endophenotypes in psychiatric genetic research. Presented at the World Congress of Psychiatric Genetics 2013, Boston, MA.

  • Germine, L., Hartshorne, J., Wilmer, J., Chabris, C., Chatterjee, G., & Nakayama, K. (2013). Heterogeneity in cognitive maturation and aging: Why there is no such thing as an adult control. Presented at the Vision Sciences Society annual conference 2013, Naples, Florida.

  • Germine, L., Nakayama, K., & Smoller, J. (2012). Using the web to refine the phenotype and accelerate progress in psychiatric genetics. Presented at the Massachusetts General Hospital Clinical Research Day 2012, Boston, Massachusetts.

  • Germine, L., Hartshorne, J., Wilmer, J., Chabris, C., Chatterjee, G., & Nakayama, K. (2013) Heterogeneity in cognitive maturation and aging: Why there is no such thing as an adult control. Presented at the Vision Sciences Society annual conference 2013, Naples, Florida.

  • Germine, L., & Wilmer, J. (2012) Why we shouldn't be afraid of large sample sizes for individual differences research. VSS Satellite: Individual differences in Vision. Presented at the Vision Sciences Society annual conference 2012, Naples, Florida.

  • Germine, L., Benson, T., Cohen, F., & Hooker, C. (2012) Individual differences in somatosensory processing the recognition of complex emotional states. Presented at the Vision Sciences Society annual conference 2012, Naples, Florida. poster pdf

  • Germine, L., Benson, T., Cohen, F., and Hooker, C. (2010) Psychosis-proneness and illusions of body ownership. Presented at the Society for Research in Psychopathology annual conference 2010, Seattle, Washington. poster pdf

  • Benson, T., Germine, L., Lincoln, S.H., Tully, L.M., and Hooker, C. (2010) Social anhedonia predicts real world behaviors relevant to social functioning. Presented at the Society for Research in Psychopathology annual conference 2010, Seattle, Washington.

  • Germine, L., Garrido, L., Bruce, L., and Hooker, C. (2010) Abnormalities in face emotion processing in the psychosis-prone brain. Presented at the Association for Psychological Science annual conference 2010, Boston, Massachusetts. poster pdf

  • Germine, L., Nakayama, K., Loken, E., Duchaine, B., Chabris, C., Chatterjee, G., and Wilmer, J. (2010) Downloadable science: Comparing data from internet and lab-based psychology experiments. Presented at the Vision Sciences Society annual conference 2010, Naples, Florida. poster pdf

  • Germine, L., Garrido, L., Bruce, L., and Hooker, C. (2009) Abnormal regulation of brain activity in face emotion processing regions is related to psychosis-proneness. Presented at the Society for Research in Psychopathology annual conference 2009, Minneapolis, Minnesota. poster pdf

  • Germine, L., Duchaine, B., and Nakayama, K. (2009) Hitting your peak at 30: behavioral evidence for extended development of face learning ability. Presented at the Vision Sciences Society annual conference 2009, Naples, Florida. poster pdf

  • Wilmer, J., Germine, L., Williams, M., Nakayama, K., Chabris, C., and Duchaine, B. (2009) Genetic and environmental contributions to memory for faces: evidence from twins. To be presented at the Visions Sciences Society annual conference 2009, Naples, Florida.

  • Germine, L., Duchaine, B., and Nakayama, K. (2009) Is 30 the new 20? Behavioral evidence for protracted development of face processing. Presented at the Cognitive Neuroscience Society annual conference 2009, San Francisco. poster pdf

  • Germine, L., and Hooker, C. (2008). Facial expression recognition deficits associated with high schizotypy. Presented at the Society for Research in Psychopathology annual meeting, Pittsburgh. poster pdf

  • Germine, L., Cashdollar, N., Duzel, E., and Duchaine, B. (2008). Within-category object agnosia without prosopagnosia: a developmental case. Presented at the Cognitive Neuroscience Society annual conference, San Francisco. poster pdf

  • Germine, L., Cashdollar, N., Duzel, E., and Duchaine, B. (2008). Dude, where's my car? Developmental object agnosia without prosopagnosia. Presented at the Scene Understanding Symposium, MIT. poster pdf

  • Nakayama, K., Germine, L., & Duchaine, B. (2007) Human face learning peaks at age 30. Presented at the Society for Neuroscience annual conference, San Diego. poster pdf

  • Invited Talks

    2014

  • WHO World Mental Health Group
  • Major Depression Group, Psychiatric Genomics Consortium
  • 2013

  • Center for Research on Computation and Society, Harvard University
  • Center for Addiction Medicine, Massachusetts General Hospital
  • Harvard Oxytocin Research Initiative, Harvard Medical School
  • Genomes2People, Brigham and Women's Hospital
  • 23andme
  • 2012

  • Psychiatric Genetics and Translational Research Seminar, Massachusetts General Hospital
  • Wellesley College, Department of Psychology
  • Teaching

  • Instructor, Harvard University

  • Contemporary Issues in Psychology - Intensive Cross-level Analyses for Social and Cognitive Neuroscience, Fall 2009 - Spring 2011.
  • Average student rating: 4.85 / 5
  • Teaching Fellow, Harvard University

  • Abnormal Psychology, Fall 2008.
  • Student rating: 4.4 / 5
  • Teaching Assistant, University of California, Berkeley

  • Cognitive Psychology, Fall 2003.
  • Student rating: 6.3 / 7
  • Service

  • University/Department Service

  • Harvard Psychology Committee for Undergraduate Education 2010-2011
  • Editorial Service

  • Ad hoc reviewer for Biological Psychiatry, Brain and Behavior, Brain and Cognition, Clinical Psychological Science, Frontiers in Psychology, Journal of Cognitive Psychology, Journal of Nervous and Mental Diseases, Neuropsychologia, Personality and Individual Differences, PlosONE, Psychiatry Research, Psychiatry Research: Neuroimaging, Psychological Medicine, Schizophrenia Research, Drug and Alcohol Dependence
  • Professional Memberships

  • Cognitive Neuroscience Society: 2007 - present
  • Society for Research in Psychopathology: 2008 - 2012
  • Vision Sciences Society: 2008 - 2012
  • International Society of Psychiatric Genetics: 2008 - present