Laura Germine, PhD


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

Education

  • PhD, Harvard University

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

  • 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: Ken Nakayama, PhD
  • Psychology Department
  • Harvard University
  • June 2012 - present
  • 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
  • Harvard Graduate Society Dissertation Completion Fellowship - 2011
  • National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellowship - 2007
  • UC Berkeley Undergraduate Research Fellowship - 2003
  • Honors and Awards

  • MGH Clinical Research Award for Psychiatry - 2012
  • Harvard Restricted Funds Travel Award - 2012
  • George W. Goethals Award for Excellence in Teaching - 2011
  • Bok Center Award for Distinction in Teaching - 2011
  • Harvard Restricted Funds Travel Award - 2010
  • George W. Goethals Award for Excellence in Teaching - 2010 (x2 - Spring / Fall)
  • Bok Center Award for Distinction in Teaching - 2010 (x2 - Spring / Fall)
  • George W. Goethals Award for Excellence in Teaching - 2009
  • Bok Center Award for Distinction in Teaching - 2009
  • Harvard Restricted Funds Travel Award - 2008
  • Harvard Stimston Research Award - 2007
  • UC Berkeley Chaikoff Award Nominee for Excellence in Neurobiology - 2004
  • Publications

    Peer-reviewed manuscripts

  • Link to Google Scholar page

  • Link to NCBI bibliography

  • Germine, L., Russell, R., Bronstad, P.M., Blokland, G.A.M., Smoller, J.W., Kwok, H., Anthony, S.E., Nakayama, K., Rhodes, G., & Wilmer, J.B. (in press). Individual aesthetic preferences for faces are shaped mostly by environments, not genes. Current Biology.

  • Fortenbaugh, F.C., DeGutis, J., Germine, L., Wilmer, J., Grosso, M., Russo, K., & Esterman, M. (in press). Sustained attention across the lifespan in a sample of 10,000: Dissociating ability and strategy. Psychological Science. pdf

  • Germine, L., Dunn, E.C., McLaughlin, K., & Smoller, J.W. (2015). Childhood adversity is associated with adult theory of mind and social affiliation, but not face processing. PLoS ONE, 10(6): e0129612. link

  • Hartshorne, J., and Germine, L. (2015) When does cognitive functioning peak? The asynchronous rise and fall of different cognitive abilities across the lifespan. Psychological Science. pdf

  • Wilmer, J., Nakayama, K., and Germine, L. (2014) Face recognition: a model specific ability. Frontiers in Human Neuroscience, 8. 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., Dunn, E.C., McLaughlin, K., Wilmer, J.B., & Smoller, J.W. (2015). The resilience of face recognition to early life stress. Presented at the Vision Sciences Society annual conference 2015, St. Pete Beach, Florida.

  • McCulloch, B., Esterman, M., Germine, L., Wilmer, J., & DeGutis, J. (2014). Dissociable Changes in Sustained Visual Attention Across the Lifespan. Presented at the Vision Sciences Society annual conference 2014, St. Pete Beach, Florida.

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

  • Lee, P.H., Holmes, A., Gallagher, P., Germine, L., Hollinshead, M., Roffman, J., Buckner, R., & Smoller, J.W. (2013). Genetic variation underlying amygdala-volume is highly enriched with schizophrenia susceptibility variants in healthy young individuals. 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

    2015

  • National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases, National Institutes of Health
  • Center for Biomedical Informatics, Harvard Medical School
  • 2014

  • WHO World Mental Health Group
  • Center for Brain Sciences, Harvard University
  • 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, Drug and Alcohol Dependence, Early Human Development, Frontiers in Psychology, Journal of Cognitive Psychology, Journal of Nervous and Mental Diseases, Journal of Vision, Neuropsychologia, Personality and Individual Differences, PlosONE, Psychiatry Research, Psychiatry Research: Neuroimaging, Psychological Medicine, Royal Society Open Science, Schizophrenia Research, Scientific Reports
  • Other Scientific Roles

  • Member, WHO World Mental Health Consortium, 2015 -
  • Consultant, 23andme, Genetics of Healthy Aging Initiative 2014 -
  • Consultant, 23andme, Genetics of Major Depression and Bipolar Initiative, 2014 -
  • Consultant, Postpartum Depression Genetics Consortium, 2014 -
  • Consultant, Nevada Discovery Children's Museum, Brain Tests Exhibit 2015
  • Founder and Director, The Many Brains Project, 2015 -
  • Founder and Principal Investigator, Making Science Less WEIRD, 2013 -
  • Founder and Director, TestMyBrain.org, 2008 -
  • Selected Media Coverage

    Radio

  • Test Your Cognitive Abilities With These Online Games. Spark, CBC Radio. April 26, 2015.
  • MIT / MGH Research Says Not All Cognitive Abilities Decline As You Age. Radio Boston, WBUR. March 9, 2015. Face Recognition Improves Until the Early 30s. The Steve Hatherly Show, TBSeFM. January 4, 2011.

    Print / Online

    Lifespan Cognition

  • Older and wiser? Some brain functions improve as we age. Boston Globe, March 6, 2015. (Cover Story)
  • Older Really Can Mean Wiser. New York Times, March 16, 2015. (Top 10 Most Emailed)
  • Smarter by the minute, sort of. Harvard Gazette, March 19, 2015. (Most Popular & Editor's Pick)
  • The Rise and Fall of Cognitive Skills. MIT News, March 6, 2015.
  • At What Age Does Your Brain Peak? Pacific Standard, March 16, 2015.
  • The Smartest Age. The Atlantic, March 17, 2015.
  • New Study Shows That Your Brain's Powers Changes As You Age -- Some Peaking In Your 70s. Forbes, March 23, 2015.
  • Citizen Science and the Online Psychology Laboratory

  • Popular Science: Reseach moves from professionals' labs to amateurs' homes. Harvard Magazine, January 2014.
  • Bringing the Psych Lab Online. Harvard Gazette, August 31, 2012.
  • The Seven Best Websites to Kill Time On. Oprah Magazine, September 2010.
  • In the News: Test Your Brain. PBS The Human Spark, June 12, 2009.
  • How Fit Is Your Brain? Freakonomics NYTimes Blog, June 5, 2009.
  • Face Recognition

  • The Face Looks Familiar. Harvard Gazette, December 21, 2010.
  • Face Memory Peaks Late, After Age 30. Science News, December 10, 2010.
  • Face Recognition Findings Have Implications For Adult Learning. Toronto Star, January 5, 2011.
  • Professional Memberships

  • Cognitive Neuroscience Society
  • International Society of Psychiatric Genetics
  • Society for Research in Psychopathology
  • Vision Sciences Society