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Lempert, K.M., Breslow, D., Peterson, T.D., Kable, J.W., & McGuire, J.T. (2023). Statistical information about reward timing is insufficient for promoting optimal persistence decisions. PsyArXiv preprint. doi:10.31234/osf.io/3yezf



Bakst, L. & McGuire, J.T. (2023). Experience-driven recalibration of learning from surprising events. Cognition, 232, 105343. doi:10.1016/j.cognition.2022.105343


Do, Q., Li, Y., Kane, G.A., McGuire, J.T., & Scott, B.B. (2023). Assessing evidence accumulation and rule learning in humans with an online game. Journal of Neurophysiology, 129, 131–143. doi:10.1152/jn.00124.2022


Chen, Y., Fulford, D., & McGuire, J.T. (2022). Test-retest reliability of task-based measures of voluntary persistence. Proceedings of the Annual Meeting of the Cognitive Science Society, 44. https://escholarship.org/uc/item/43x847k7


Pan, J., Klimova, M., McGuire, J.T., & Ling, S. (2022). Arousal-based pupil modulation is dictated by luminance. Scientific Reports, 12, 1390. doi:10.1038/s41598-022-05280-1


Toro-Serey, C., Kane, G.A., & McGuire, J.T. (2022). Choices favoring cognitive effort in a foraging environment decrease when multiple forms of effort and delay are interleaved. Cognitive, Affective, & Behavioral Neuroscience, 22, 509–532. doi:10.3758/s13415-021-00972-z


Morin, T.M., Chang, A.E., Ma, W., McGuire, J.T., & Stern, C.E. (2021). Dynamic network analysis demonstrates the formation of stable functional networks during rule learning. Cerebral Cortex, 252–293. doi:10.1093/cercor/bhab175


Bakst, L., & McGuire, J.T. (2021). Eye movements reflect adaptive predictions and predictive precision. Journal of Experimental Psychology: General, 150, 915–929. doi:10.1037/xge0000977


Botvinik-Nezer, R., Holzmeister, F., Camerer, C., Dreber, A., Huber, J., Johannesson, M., … & Schonberg, T. (2020). Variability in the analysis of a single neuroimaging dataset by many teams. Nature, 582, 84–88. doi:10.1038/s41586-020-2314-9


Babcock S., Howard M.W., & McGuire J.T. (2020). Time-conjunctive representations of future events. Memory & Cognition, 38, 672–682. doi:10.3758/s13421-019-00999-1


Kao, C.-H., Khambhati, A.N., Bassett, D.S., Nassar, M.R., McGuire, J.T., Gold, J.I., & Kable, J.W. (2020). Functional brain network reconfiguration during learning in a dynamic environment. Nature Communications, 11, 1682. doi:10.1038/s41467-020-15442-2


Toro-Serey, C., Tobyne, S.M., & McGuire, J.T. (2020). Spectral partitioning identifies individual heterogeneity in the functional network topography of ventral and anterior medial prefrontal cortex. NeuroImage, 205, 116305. doi:10.1016/j.neuroimage.2019.116305


Nassar, M.R., McGuire, J.T., Ritz, H., & Kable, J.W. (2019). Dissociable forms of uncertainty-driven representational change across the human brain. Journal of Neuroscience, 39, 1688–1698. doi:10.1523/JNEUROSCI.1713-18.2018


Lempert, K.M., McGuire, J.T., Hazeltine, D.B., Phelps, E.A., & Kable, J.W. (2018). The effects of acute stress on the calibration of persistence. Neurobiology of Stress, 8, 1–9. doi:10.1016/j.ynstr.2017.11.001


McGuire, J.T., & Kable, J.W. (2016). Deciding to curtail persistence. In K. D. Vohs & R. F. Baumeister (Eds.), Handbook of Self-Regulation: Research, Theory, and Applications (pp. 533–546). Guilford.


Krastev, S., McGuire, J.T., McNeney, D., Kable, J.W., Stolle, D., Gidengil, E., & Fellows, L.K. (2016). Do political and economic choices rely on common neural substrates? A systematic review of the emerging neuropolitics literature. Frontiers in Psychology, 7, 264. doi:10.3389/fpsyg.2016.00264


McGuire, J.T., & Kable, J.W. (2015). Medial prefrontal cortical activity reflects dynamic re-evaluation during voluntary persistence. Nature Neuroscience, 18, 760–766. doi:10.1038/nn.3994


McGuire, J.T.,* Nassar, M.R.,* Gold, J.I., & Kable, J.W. (2014). Functionally dissociable influences on learning rate in a dynamic environment. Neuron, 84, 870-881. doi:10.1016/j.neuron.2014.10.013


McGuire, J.T. & Kable, J.W. (2014). Go means green. Nature Neuroscience, 17, 489-490. doi:10.1038/nn.3680

News & Views commentary on this paper by Tom Schonberg, Akram Bakkour, and colleagues.


Kool, W., McGuire, J.T., Wang, G.J., & Botvinick, M.M. (2013). Neural and behavioral evidence for an intrinsic cost of self-control. PLoS ONE, 8, e72626. doi:10.1371/journal.pone.0072626


Bartra, O.,* McGuire, J.T.,* & Kable, J.W.* (2013). The valuation system: A coordinate-based meta-analysis of BOLD fMRI experiments examining neural correlates of subjective value. NeuroImage, 76, 412–427. doi:10.1016/j.neuroimage.2013.02.063


McGuire, J.T., & Kable, J.W. (2013). Rational temporal predictions can underlie apparent failures to delay gratification. Psychological Review, 120, 395–410. doi:10.1037/a0031910


McGuire, J.T., Cohen, J.D., & Botvinick, M.M. (2013). Mental effort. In H. Pashler (Ed.), Encyclopedia of the Mind (pp. 502–506). Thousand Oaks, CA: SAGE Publications. doi:10.4135/9781452257044.n186


McGuire, J.T., & Kable, J.W. (2012). Decision makers calibrate behavioral persistence on the basis of time-interval experience. Cognition, 124, 216–226. doi:10.1016/j.cognition.2012.03.008


Ribas-Fernandes, J.J.F., Solway, A., Diuk, C., McGuire, J.T., Barto, A.G., Niv, Y., & Botvinick, M.M. (2011). A neural signature of hierarchical reinforcement learning. Neuron, 71, 370–379. doi:10.1016/j.neuron.2011.05.042


Kool, W.,* McGuire, J.T.,* Rosen, Z.B., & Botvinick, M.M. (2010). Decision making and the avoidance of cognitive demand. Journal of Experimental Psychology: General, 139, 665–682. doi:10.1037/a0020198


McGuire, J.T., & Botvinick, M.M. (2010). Prefrontal cortex, cognitive control, and the registration of decision costs. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America, 107, 7922–7926. doi:10.1073/pnas.0910662107


McGuire, J.T., & Botvinick, M.M. (2010). The impact of anticipated cognitive demand on attention and behavioral choice. In B. Bruya (Ed.), Effortless attention: A new perspective in the cognitive science of attention and action (pp. 103–120). Cambridge, MA: MIT Press.


Botvinick, M.M., Huffstetler, S., & McGuire, J.T. (2009). Effort discounting in human nucleus accumbens. Cognitive, Affective, & Behavioral Neuroscience, 9, 16–27. doi:10.3758/CABN.9.1.16


Mitchell, K.J., Raye, C.L., McGuire, J.T., Frankel, H., Greene, E.J., & Johnson, M.K. (2008). Neuroimaging evidence for agenda-dependent monitoring of different features during short-term source memory tests. Journal of Experimental Psychology. Learning, Memory, and Cognition, 34, 780–790. doi:10.1037/0278-7393.34.4.780


Johnson, M.K., Mitchell, K.J., Raye, C.L., McGuire, J.T., & Sanislow, C.A. (2006). Mental rubbernecking to negative information depends on task context. Psychonomic Bulletin & Review, 13, 614–618. doi:10.3758/BF03193971


* denotes equal contribution.