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Richard Davidson

Richard J. Davidson

Ph.D., Harvard University
William James and Vilas Professor, Departments of Psychology and Psychiatry

Biological Bases of Affective Style Through the Lifespan

My laboratory conducts research on the biological substrates of emotion, affective style and affective disorders throughout the lifespan. We use a variety of different methods to make inferences about brain mechanisms and other physiological substrates of affective processes including regional brain electrical activity, positron emission tomography and functional magnetic resonance imaging. We study normal individuals as well as those at risk for affective and anxiety disorders. We also study individuals who are putatively resilient and relatively invulnerable to stressful life events. Our laboratory has an interest in relations between the neural mechanisms of emotion and physical health. Some of our research involves examining in the same individuals measures of brain and bodily responses, as well as indices of immune function and physical health to determine the potential mechanisms by which emotions affect health and disease. In aging samples, we have been interested in examining the biological bases of resilience and tracking connections between patterns of neural and autonomic function associated with particular affective styles, on the one hand, and health status and immune function on the other. Much of our work is focused on the role of different regions of the prefrontal cortex in affect regulation and relations between prefrontal cortex and subcortical structures that are part of the circuitry of emotion.

Representative Publications
Sommerfeldt, S. L., Schaefer, S. M., Brauer, M., Ryff, C. D., & Davidson, R. J. (2019). Individual differences in the association between subjective stress and heart rate are related to psychological and physical well-being. Psychological Science Agenda, 30(7), 1016-1029.
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View publication via DOI: DOI:10.1177/0956797619849555

Goldberg, S. B., Tucker, R. P., Greene, P. A., Davidson, R. J., Wampold, B. E., Kearney, D. J., & Simpson, T. L. (2018). Mindfulness-based interventions for psychiatric disorders: A systematic review and meta-analysis. Clinical Psychology Review, 59, 52-60.
View publication via DOI: DOI:10.1016/j.cpr.2017.10.011

Grupe, D. W., Schaefer, S. M., Lapate, R. C., Schoen, A. J., Gresham, L. K., Mumford, J. A., & Davidson, R. J. (2018). Behavioral and neural indices of affective coloring for neutral social stimuli. Social Cognitive and Affective Neuroscience, 13(3), 310-320.
View publication via DOI: DOI:10.1093/scan/nsy011

van Reekum, C. M., Schaefer, S. M., Lapate, R. C., Norris, C. J., Tun, P. A., Lachman, M. E., Ryff, C. A., & Davidson, R. J. (2018). Aging is associated with a prefrontal lateral-medial shift during picture-induced negative affect. Social Cognitive and Affective Neuroscience, 13(2), 156-163.
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View publication via DOI: DOI:10.1093/scan/nsx144

Korponay, C., Dentico, D., Kral, T. R. A., Ly, M., Kruis, A., Goldman, R., ... Davidson, R. J. (2018). Corrigendum to "neurobiological correlates of impulsivity in healthy adults: Lower prefrontal gray matter volume and spontaneous eye-blink rate but greater resting-state functional connectivity in basal ganglia-thalamo-cortical circuitry" [neuroimage 157 Neuroimage, 167, 505.
View publication via DOI: DOI:10.1016/j.neuroimage.2017.10.042

Wolf, T., Tsenkova, V., Ryff, C. D., Davidson, R. J., & Willette, A. A. (2018). Neural, hormonal, and cognitive correlates of metabolic dysfunction and emotional reactivity. Psychosomatic Medicine, 80(5), 452-459.
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View publication via DOI: DOI:10.1097/psy.0000000000000

Levine, G. N., Lange, R. A., Bairey-Merz, C. N., Davidson, R. J., Jamerson, K., Mehta, P. K., ... Smith, S. C., Jr. (2017). Meditation and cardiovascular risk reduction: A scientific statement from the American Heart association. Journal of the American Heart Association, 6(10), e002218.
View publication via DOI: DOI:10.1161/jaha.117.002218

Hostinar, C. E., Davidson, R. J., Graham, E. K., Mroczek, D. K., Lachman, M. E., Seeman, T. E., van Reekum, C. M., & Miller, G. E. (2017). Frontal brain asymmetry, childhood maltreatment, and low-grade inflammation at midlife. Psychoneuroendocrinology. 75, 152-163.
View publication via DOI: DOI:10.1016/j.psyneuen.2016.10.026

Goldberg, S. B., Flook, L., Hirshberg, M. J., Findley, D., Kesebir, P., Schaefer, S. M., & Davidson, R. J. (2017). Getting a grip on the handgrip task: Handgrip duration correlates with neuroticism but not conscientiousness. Frontiers in Psychology, 8, 1367.
View publication via DOI: DOI:10.3389/fpsyg.2017.01367

Goldberg, S.B., Wielgosz, J., Dahl, C., Schuyler, B., MacCoon, D.S., Rosenkranz, M., Lutz, A., Sebranek, C.A., & Davidson, R.J. (2016). Does the Five Facet Mindfulness Questionnaire measure what we think it does? Construct validity evidence from an active controlled randomized clinical trial. Psychological Assessment, 28(8), 1009-14.
View publication via DOI: DOI:10.1037/pas0000233

Rosenkranz, M. A., Lutz, A., Perlman, D. M., Bachhuber, D. R. W., Schuyler, B. S., MacCoon, D. G., & Davidson, R. J. (2016). Reduced stress and inflammatory responsiveness in experienced meditators compared to a matched healthy control group Psychoneuroendocrinology, 68, 117-125.
View publication via DOI: DOI:10.1016/j.psyneuen.2016.02.013

Ryff, C. D., Heller, A. S., Schaefer, S. M., van Reekum, C., & Davidson, R. J. (2016). Purposeful engagement, healthy aging, and the brain. Current Behavioral Neuroscience Reports, 3(4), 318-327.
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View publication via DOI: DOI:10.1007/s40473-016-0096-z

Rosenkranz, M. A., Esnault, S., Christian, B. T., Crisafi, G., Gresham, L. K., Higgins, A. T., Moore, M. N., Moore, S. M., Weng, H. Y., Salk, R. H., Busse, W. W., & Davidson, R. J. (2016). Mind-body interactions in the regulation of airway inflammation in asthma: A PET study of acute and chronic stress. Brain, Behavior, and Immunity, 58, 18-30.
View publication via DOI: DOI:10.1016/j.bbi.2016.03.024

Sprecher, K. E., Riedner, B. A., Smith, R. F., Tononi, G., Davidson, R. J., & Benca, R. M. (2016). High resolution topography of age-related changes in non-rapid eye movement sleep electroencephalography. PLoS One, 11(2), e0149770.
View publication via DOI: DOI:10.1371/journal.pone.0149770

Wielgosz, J., Schuyler, B. S., Lutz, A., & Davidson, R. J. (2016). Long-term mindfulness training is associated with reliable differences in resting respiration rate. Scientific Reports, 6, 27533.
View publication via DOI: DOI:10.1038/srep27533

Light, S. N., Moran, Z. D., Swander, L., Le, V., Cage, B., Burghy, C., Westbrook, C., Greishar, L., & Davidson, R. J. (2015). Electromyographically assessed empathic concern and empathic happiness predict increased prosocial behavior in adults. Biological Psychology, 104, 116-129.
View publication via DOI: DOI:10.1016/j.biopsycho.2014.11.015

Salomons, T. V., Nusslock, R., Detloff, A., Johnstone, T, & Davidson, R. J. (2015). Neural emotion regulation circuitry underlying anxiolytic effects of perceived control over pain. Journal of Cognitive Neuroscience, 27(2), 222-233.
View publication via DOI: DOI:10.1162/jocn_a_00702

Hosseinbor, A. P., Chung, M. K., Koay, C. G., Schaefer, S. M., van Reekum, C. M., Schmitz, L. P., Sutterer, M., Alexander, A. L., & Davidson, R. J. (2015). 4D hyperspherical harmonic (HyperSPHARM) representation of surface anatomy: A holistic treatment of multiple disconnected anatomical structures. Medical Image Analysis, 22(1), 89-101.
View publication via DOI: DOI:10.1016/j.media.2015.02.004

Davidson, R.J. & Schuyler, B.S. (2015). Neuroscience of happiness. In J.F. Helliwell, R. Layard, & J. Sachs (Eds.), World Happiness (Chapter 5). New York, NY: The Earth Institute, Columbia University..

Dahl, C.J., Lutz, A., & Davidson, R.J. (2015). Reconstructing and deconstructing the self: Cognitive mechanisms in meditation practice. Trends in Cognitive Sciences, 19(9), 515-23.
View publication via DOI: DOI:10.1016/j.tics.2015.07.001

Davidson, R.J. (2015). Comment: Affective chronometry has come of age. Emotion Review, 7(4), 368-370.
View publication via DOI: DOI:10.1177/1754073915590844

Davidson, R.J. & Kaszniak, A. (2015). Conceptual and methodological issues in research on mindfulness and meditation. American Psychologist, 70(7), 581-92.
View publication via DOI: DOI:10.1037/a0039512

Hanson, J. L., Nacewicz, B. M., Sutterer, M. J., Cayo, A. A., Schaefer, S. M., Rudolph, K. D., Shirtcliff, E. A., Pollak, S. D., & Davidson, R. J. (2015). Behavior problems after early life stress: Contributions of the hippocampus and amygdala. Biological Psychiatry, 77(4), 314-323.
View publication via DOI: DOI:10.1016/j.biopsych.2014.04.020

Heller, A. S., Fox, A. S., Wing, E. K., McQuisition, K. M., Vack, N. J., & Davidson, R. J. (2015). The neurodynamics of affect in the laboratory predicts persistence of real-world emotional responses. The Journal of Neuroscience, 35(29), 10503-9.
View publication via DOI: DOI:10.1523/JNEUROSCI.0569-15.2015

Khalsa, S. S., Rudrauf, D., Davidson, R. J., & Tranel, D. (2015). The effect of meditation on regulation of internal body states. Frontiers in Psychology, 6:924.
View publication via DOI: DOI:10.3389/fpsyg.2015.00924

Weng, H. Y., Fox, A. S., Hessenthaler, H. C., Stodola, D. E., & Davidson, R. J. (2015). The role of compassion in altruistic helping and punishment behavior. PLoS ONE, 10(12), e0143794.
View publication via DOI: DOI:10.1371/journal.pone.0143794

Lapate, R. C., Van Reekum, C. M., Schaefer, S. M., Greischar, L. L., Norris, C. J., Bachhuber, D. R. W., ... Ryff, C. D., Davidson, R. J. (2014). Prolonged marital stress is associated with short-lived responses to positive stimuli. Psychophysiology, 51(6), 499-509.
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Roseboom, P. H., Nanda, S. A., Fox, A. S., Oler, J. A., Shackman, A. J., Shelton, S. E., Davidson, R. J., & Kalin, N. H. (2014). Neuropeptide y receptor gene expression in the primate amygdala predicts anxious temperament and brain metabolism. Biological Psychiatry, 76(11), 850-857.
View publication via DOI: DOI:10.1016/j.biopsych.2013.11.012

Lapate, R. C., Rokers, B., Li, T., & Davidson, R. J. (2014). Nonconscious emotional activation colors first impressions: A regulatory role for conscious awareness. Psychological Science, 25(2), 349-357.
View publication via DOI: DOI:10.1177/0956797613503175

Chung, M. K., Kim, S. G., Schaefer, S. M., van Reekum, C. M., Peschke-Schmitz, L., Sutterer, M. J., & Davidson, R. J. (2014). Improved statistical power with a sparse shape model in detecting an aging effect in the hippocampus and amygdala. Proceedings - Society of Photo-Optical Instrumentation Engineers, 9034, 90340y.
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View publication via DOI: DOI:10.1117/12.2036497

Heller, A. S., van Reekum, C. M., Schaefer, S. M., Lapate, R. C., Radler, B. T., Ryff, C. D., & Davidson, R. J. (2013). Sustained ventral striatal activity predicts eudaimonic well-being and cortisol output. Psychological Science, 24(11), 2191-2200.
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View publication via DOI: DOI:10.1177/0956797613490744

Schaefer, S. M., Morozink Boylan, J., van Reekum, C. M., Lapate, R. C., Norris, C. J., Ryff, C. D., & Davidson, R. J. (2013). Purpose in life predicts better emotional recovery from negative stimuli. PLoS One, 8(11), e80329.
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View publication via DOI: DOI:10.1371/journal.pone.0080329

Shackman, A. J., Fox, A. S., Oler, J. A., Shelton, S. E., Davidson, R. J., & Kalin, N. H. (2013). Neural mechanisms underlying heterogeneity in the presentation of anxious temperament. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, 110(15), 6145-50.
View publication via DOI: DOI:10.1073/pnas.1214364110

Rosenkranz, M. A., Davidson, R. J., Maccoon, D. G., Sheridan, J. F., Kalin, N. H., & Lutz, A. (2013). A comparison of mindfulness-based stress reduction and an active control in modulation of neurogenic inflammation. Brain, Behavior, and Immunity, 27(1), 174-84.
View publication via DOI: DOI:10.1016/j.bbi.2012.10.013

Heller, A. S., Johnstone, T., Light, S. N., Peterson, M. J., Kolden, G. G., Kalin, N. H., & Davidson, R. J. (2013). Relationships between changes in sustained fronto-striatal connectivity and positive affect in major depression resulting from antidepressant treatment. American Journal of Psychiatry, 170(2), 197-206.
View publication via DOI: DOI:10.1176/appi.ajp.2012.12010014

Heller, A. S., Johnstone, T., Peterson, M. J., Kolden, G. G., Kalin, N. H., & Davidson, R. J. (2013). Increased prefrontal cortex activity during negative emotion regulation as a predictor of depression symptom severity trajectory over 6 months. JAMA Psychiatry, 70(11), 1181-1189.
View publication via DOI: DOI:10.1001/jamapsychiatry.2013.2430

Ferrarelli, F., Smith, R., Dentico, D., Riedner, B. A., Zennig, C., Benca, R. M., Lutz, A., Davidson, R. J., & Tononi, G. (2013). Experienced mindfulness meditators exhibit higher parietal-occipital EEG gamma activity during nrem sleep. PLoS One, 8(8), e73417.
View publication via DOI: DOI:10.1371/journal.pone.0073417

Weng, H. Y., Fox, A. S., Shackman, A. J., Stodola, D. E., Caldwell, J. Z., Olson, M. C., . . . Davidson, R. J. (2013). Compassion training alters altruism and neural responses to suffering. Psychological Science, 24(7), 1171-1180.
View publication via DOI: DOI:10.1177/0956797612469537

Bavelier, D., & Davidson, R. J. (2013). Brain training: Games to do you good. Nature, 494(7438), 425-426.
View publication via DOI: DOI:10.1038/494425a

Hosseinbor, A. P., Chung, M. K., Schaefer, S. M., van Reekum, C. M., Peschke-Schmitz, L., Sutterer, M., ... Davidson, R. J. (2013). 4D hyperspherical harmonic (HyperSPHARM) representation of multiple disconnected brain subcortical structures. Medical Image Computing and Computer-assisted Intervention, 16(Pt 1), 598-605.

Javaras, K. N., Schaefer, S. M., van Reekum, C. M., Lapate, R. C., Greischar, L. L., Bachhuber, D. R., Love, G. D., Ryff, C. D., & Davidson, R. J. (2012). Conscientiousness predicts greater recovery from negative emotion. Emotion, 12(5), 875-881.
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View publication via DOI: DOI:10.1037/a0028105

Davidson, R. J., & McEwen, B. S. (2012). Social influences on neuroplasticity: Stress and interventions to promote well-being. Nature Neuroscience, 15(5), 689-695.
View publication via DOI: DOI:10.1038/nn.3093

Fox, A. S., Oler, J. A., Shelton, S. E., Nanda, S. A., Davidson, R. J., Roseboom, P. H., & Kalin, N. H. (2012). Central amygdala nucleus (Ce) gene expression linked to increased trait-like ce metabolism and anxious temperament in young primates. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America, 109(44), 18108-18113.
View publication via DOI: DOI:10.1073/pnas.1206723109

Hanson, J. L., Chung, M. K., Avants, B. B., Rudolph, K. D., Shirtcliff, E. A., Gee, J. C., Davidson, R. J., & Pollak, S. D. (2012). Structural variations in prefrontal cortex mediate the relationship between early childhood stress and spatial working memory. Journal of Neuroscience, 32(23), 7917-7925.
View publication via DOI: DOI:10.1523/jneurosci.0307-12.2012

Lee, H., Heller, A. S., van Reekum, C. M., Nelson, B., & Davidson, R. J. (2012). Amygdala-prefrontal coupling underlies individual differences in emotion regulation. Neuroimage, 62(3), 1575-1581.
View publication via DOI: DOI:10.1016/j.neuroimage.2012.05.044

Levinson, D. B., Smallwood, J., & Davidson, R. J. (2012). The persistence of thought: Evidence for a role of working memory in the maintenance of task-unrelated thinking. Psychological Science, 23(4), 375-380.
View publication via DOI: DOI:10.1177/0956797611431465

Lutz, A., McFarlin, D. R., Perlman, D. M., Salomons, T. V., & Davidson, R. J. (2012). Altered anterior insula activation during anticipation and experience of painful stimuli in expert meditators. Neuroimage, 64C, 538-546.
View publication via DOI: DOI:10.1016/j.neuroimage.2012.09.030

Oler, J. A., Birn, R. M., Patriat, R., Fox, A. S., Shelton, S. E., Burghy, C. A., . . . Davidson, R. J., Kalin, N. H. (2012). Evidence for coordinated functional activity within the extended amygdala of non-human and human primates. Neuroimage, 61(4), 1059-1066.
View publication via DOI: DOI:10.1016/j.neuroimage.2012.03.045

Rosenkranz, M. A., Busse, W. W., Sheridan, J. F., Crisafi, G. M., & Davidson, R. J. (2012). Are there neurophenotypes for asthma? Functional brain imaging of the interaction between emotion and inflammation in asthma. PLoS ONE, 7(8), e40921.
View publication via DOI: DOI:10.1371/journal.pone.0040921

Rosenkranz, M. A., Davidson, R. J., Maccoon, D. G., Sheridan, J. F., Kalin, N. H., & Lutz, A. (2012). A comparison of mindfulness-based stress reduction and an active control in modulation of neurogenic inflammation. Brain, Behavior and Immunity, 27, 174-184.
View publication via DOI: DOI:10.1016/j.bbi.2012.10.013

MacCoon, D. G., Imel, Z. E., Rosenkranz, M. A., Sheftel, J. G., Weng, H. Y., Sullivan, J. C., . . . Davidson, R. J., Lutz, A. (2012). The validation of an active control intervention for mindfulness based stress reduction (MBSR). Behaviour Research and Therapy, 50(1), 3-12.
View publication via DOI: DOI:10.1016/j.brat.2011.10.011

Lapate, R. C., Lee, H., Salomons, T. V., van Reekum, C. M., Greischar, L. L., & Davidson, R. J. (2012). Amygdalar function reflects common individual differences in emotion and pain regulation success. Journal of Cognitive Neuroscience, 24(1), 148-158.
View publication via DOI: DOI:10.1162/jocn_a_00125

Nacewicz, B. M., Angelos, L., Dalton, K. M., Fischer, R., Anderle, M. J., Alexander, A. L., & Davidson, R. J. (2012). Reliable non-invasive measurement of human neurochemistry using proton spectroscopy with an anatomically defined amygdala-specific voxel. Neuroimage, 59(3), 2548-2559.
View publication via DOI: DOI:10.1016/j.neuroimage.2011.08.090

Heller, A. S., Greischar, L. L., Honor, A., Anderle, M. J., & Davidson, R. J. (2011). Simultaneous acquisition of corrugator electromyography and functional magnetic resonance imaging: A new method for objectively measuring affect and neural activity concurrently. Neuroimage, 58(3), 930-934.
View publication via DOI: DOI:10.1016/j.neuroimage.2011.06.057

Light, S. N., Heller, A. S., Johnstone, T., Kolden, G. G., Peterson, M. J., Kalin, N. H., & Davidson, R. J. (2011). Reduced right ventrolateral prefrontal cortex activity while inhibiting positive affect is associated with improvement in hedonic capacity after 8 weeks of antidepressant treatment in major depressive disorder. Biological Psychiatry, 70(10), 962-968.
View publication via DOI: DOI:10.1016/j.biopsych.2011.06.031

Abercrombie, H. C., Jahn, A. L., Davidson, R. J., Kern, S., Kirschbaum, C., & Halverson, J. (2011). Cortisol's effects on hippocampal activation in depressed patients are related to alterations in memory formation. Journal of Psychiatric Research, 45(1), 15-23.
View publication via DOI: DOI:10.1016/j.jpsychires.2010.10.005

Shackman, A. J., Maxwell, J. S., McMenamin, B. W., Greischar, L. L., & Davidson, R. J. (2011). Stress potentiates early and attenuates late stages of visual processing. Journal of Neuroscience, 31(3), 1156-1161.
View publication via DOI: DOI:10.1523/jneurosci.3384-10.2011

Shackman, A. J., Salomons, T. V., Slagter, H. A., Fox, A. S., Winter, J. J., & Davidson, R. J. (2011). The integration of negative affect, pain and cognitive control in the cingulate cortex. Nature Reviews. Neuroscience, 12(3), 154-167.
View publication via DOI: DOI:10.1038/nrn2994

Wooten, D. W., Moraino, J. D., Hillmer, A. T., Engle, J. W., Dejesus, O. J., Murali, D., ... Davidson, R. J., Schneider, M. L., Mukherjee, J., & Christian, B. T. (2011). In vivo kinetics of [f-18]MEFWAY: A comparison with [C-11]WAY100635 and [f-18]MPPF in the nonhuman primate. Synapse, 65(7), 592-600.
View publication via DOI: DOI:10.1002/syn.20878

van Reekum, C. M., Schaefer, S., Lapate, R., Norris, C., Greischar, L. L., & Davidson, R. J. (2010). Aging is associated with positive responding to neutral information but reduced recovery from negative information. Social Cognitive and Affective Neuroscience, Supplemental Material.
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View publication via DOI: DOI:10.1093/scan/nsq031

Slagter, H. A., Johnstone, T., Beets, I. A. M., & Davidson, R. J. (2010). Neural competition for conscious representation across time: An fMRI study. PLoS ONE 5(5), e10556.
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View publication via DOI: DOI:10.1371/journal.pone.0010556

Slagter, H. A., Davidson, R. J., & Tomer, R. (2010). Eye blink rate predicts individual differences in pseudoneglect. Neuropsychologia, 48(5), 1265-1268.
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View publication via DOI: DOI:10.1016/j.neuropsychologia.2009.12.027

Perlman, D. M., Salomons, T. V., Davidson, R. J. & Lutz, A. (2010). Differential effects on pain intensity and unpleasantness of two meditation practices. Emotion, 10(1), 65-71.
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View publication via DOI: DOI:10.1037/a0018440

Davidson, R. J. (2010). Empirical explorations of mindfulness: Conceptual and methodological conundrums. Emotion, 10(1), 8-11.
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View publication via DOI: DOI:10.1037/a0018480

Oler, J. A., Fox, A. S., Shelton, S. E., Rogers, J., Dyer, T. D., Davidson, R. J., Shelledy, W., Oakes, T. R., Blangero, J., & Kalin, N. H. (2010). Amygdalar and hippocampal substrates of anxious temperament differ in their heritability. Nature, 466, 864-868.
View publication via DOI: DOI:10.1038/nature09282

Hanson, J., Chung, M., Avants, B., Shritcliff, E., Gee, J., Davidson, R. J., & Pollak, S. (2010). Early stress is associated with alterations in the orbitofrontal cortex: A tensor-based morphometry investigation of brain structure and behavioral risk. Journal of Neuroscience, 30(22), 7466-72.
View publication via DOI: DOI:10.1523/JNEUROSCI.0859-10.2010

Jahn, A.L., Fox, A.S., Abercrombie, H.C., Shelton, S.E., Oakes, T.,R., Davidson, R.J., Kalin, N.H. (2010). Subgenual PFC Activity Predicts Individual Differences in HPA Activity Across Different Contexts. Biological Psychiatry, 67, 175-81.
View publication via DOI: DOI:10.1016/j.biopsych.2009.07.039

Schuyler, B. S., Ollinger, J. M., Oakes, T. R., Johnstone, T., & Davidson, R. J. (2010). Dynamic causal modeling applied to fMRI data shows high reliability. NeuroImage, 49(1), 603-611.
View publication via DOI: DOI:10.1016/j.neuroimage.2009.07.015

Shackman, A. J., McMenamin, B. W., Maxwell, J. S., Greischar, L. L., & Davidson, R. J. (2010). Identifying robust and sensitive frequency bands for interrogating neural oscillations. Neuroimage, 51, 1319-1333.
View publication via DOI: DOI:10.1016/j.neuroimage.2010.03.037

Urry, H. L., van Reekum, C. M., Johnstone, T., & Davidson, R. J. (2009). Individual differences in some (but not all) medial prefrontal regions reflect cognitive demand while regulating unpleasant emotion. NeuroImage, 47, 852-863.
View publication via DOI: DOI:10.1016/j.neuroimage.2009.05.069

Lutz, A., Slagter, H., Rawling, N., Francis, A., Greischar, L. L., Davidson, R.J. (2009). Mental training enhances attentional stability: Neural and behavioral evidence. Journal of Neuroscience, 29(42), 13418-13427.
View publication via DOI: DOI:10.1523/JNEUROSCI.1614-09.2009

Heller A. S., Johnstone, T., Shackman, A. J., Light, S., Peterson, M., Kolden, G., Kalin, N., & Davidson, R. J. (2009). Reduced capacity to sustain positive emotion in major depression reflects diminished maintenance of fronto-striatal brain activation. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, 106(52), 22445-22450.
View publication via DOI: DOI:10.1073/pnas.0910651106

Lee, H., Shackman, A. J., Jackson, D. C., & Davidson, R. J. (2009). Test-retest reliability of voluntary emotion regulation. Psychophysiology, 46, 874-879.
View publication via DOI: DOI:10.1111/j.1469-8986.2009.00830.x

Light, S. N., Coan, J. A., Zahn-Waxler, C., Frye, C., Goldsmith, H. H., & Davidson, R. J. (2009). Empathy is associated with dynamic change in prefrontal brain electrical activity during positive emotion in children. Child Development, 80(4), 1210-1231.
View publication via DOI: DOI:10.1111/j.1467-8624.2009.01326.x

Oler, J. A., Fox, A.S., Shelton, S.E., Christian, B.T., Murali, D., Oakes, T.R., Davidson, R. J., Kalin, N. K. (2009). Serotonin transporter availability in the amygdala and bed nucleus of the stria terminalis predicts anxious temperament and brain glucose metabolic activity. Journal of Neuroscience, 29(32), 9961-9966.
View publication via DOI: DOI:10.1523/JNEUROSCI.0795-09.2009

Putnam, K.M., Pizzagalli, D.A., Gooding, D.C., Kalin, N.H., & Davidson, R.J. (2008). Neural activity and diurnal variation of cortisol: Evidence from brain electrical tomography analysis and relevance to anhedonia. Psychophysiology, 45(6), 886-895.
View publication via DOI: DOI:10.1111/j.1469-8986.2008.00697.x

Kern, S., Oakes, T.R., Stone, C.K., McAuliff, E.M., Kirschbaum, C., & Davidson, R.J. (2008). Glucose metabolic changes in the prefrontal cortex are associated with HPA axis response to a psychosocial stressor. Psychoneuroendocrinology, 33(4), 517-529.
View publication via DOI: DOI:10.1016/j.psyneuen.2008.01.010

Salomons, T.V., Coan, J.A., Hunt, S.M., Backonja, M., & Davidson, R.J. (2008). Voluntary facial displays of pain increase suffering in response to nociceptive stimulation. The Journal of Pain, 9(5), 443-448.

Friedman, E.M., Love, G.D., Davidson, R., Urry, H., Rosencranz, M., Singer, B.H., & Ryff, C.D. (2007). Socioeconomic status predicts subjective and objective sleep quality in aging women. Psychosomatic Medicine, 69, 682-691.
View publication via DOI: DOI:10.1097/PSY.0b013e31814ceada

Maxwell, J.S., & Davidson, R.J. (2007). Emotion as motion: Asymmetries in approach and avoidant actions. Psychological Science, 18(12), 1113-1119.
View publication via DOI: DOI:10.1111/j.1467-9280.2007.02033.x

Johnstone, T., van Reekum, C.M., Urry, H.L., Kalin, N.H., & Davidson, R.J. (2007). Failure to regulate: Counterproductive recruitment of top-down prefrontal-subcortical circuitry in major depression. Journal of Neuroscience, 27(33), 8877-8884.
View publication via DOI: DOI:10.1523/JNEUROSCI.2063-07.2007

Salomons, T.V., Johnstone, T., Backonja, M., Shackman, A.J., & Davidson, R.J. (2007). Individual differences in the effects of perceived controllability on pain perception: Critical role of the prefrontal cortex. Journal of Cognitive Neuroscience, 19(6), 993-1003.
View publication via DOI: DOI:10.1162/jocn.2007.19.6.993

Larson, C.L., Nitschke, J.B., & Davidson, R.J. (2007). Common and distinct patterns of affective response in dimensions of anxiety and depression. Emotion, 7(1), 182-191.
View publication via DOI: DOI:10.1037/1528-3542.7.1.182

van Reekum, C.M., Urry, H.L., Johnstone, T., Thurow, M.E., Frye, C.J., Jackson, C.A., Schaefer, H.S., Alexander, A.L., & Davidson, R.J. (2007). Individual differences in amygdala and ventromedial prefrontal cortex activity are associated with evaluation speed and psychological well-being. Journal of Cognitive Neuroscience, 19(2), 237-248.
View publication via DOI: DOI:10.1162/jocn.2007.19.2.237

Davidson, R.J., Fox, A., & Kalin, N.H. (2007). Neural bases of emotion regulation in nonhuman primates and humans. In J.J. Gross (Ed.), Handbook of emotion regulation (pp. 47-68). New York: Guilford Press.

Ryff, C.D., Love, G.D., Muller, D., Urry, H., Friedman, E.M., Davidson, R., & Singer, B. (2006). Psychological well-being and ill-being: do they have distinct or mirrored biological correlates? Psychotherapy & Psychosomatics, 75, 85-95.
View publication via DOI: DOI:10.1159/000090892

Johnson, S.C., Schmitz, T.W., Rowley, H.A., Alexander, A.L., Lee, J., & Davidson, R.J. (2005). The cerebral response during subjective choice with and without self-reference. J. Cogn. Neurosci., 17(12), 1897-1906.
View publication via DOI: DOI:10.1162/089892905775008607

Friedman, E.M., Hayney, M.S., Love, G.D., Urry, H.L., Rosenkranz, M.A., Davidson, R.J., Singer, B.H., & Ryff, C.D. (2005). Social relationships, sleep quality, and interleukin-6 in aging women. PNAS, 102, 18757-18762.
View publication via DOI: DOI:10.1073/pnas.0509281102

Davidson, R.J., Irwin, W., Anderle, M.J., & Kallin, N.H. (2003). The neural substrates of affective processing in depressed patients treated with Venlafaxine. American Journal of Psychiatry, 160, 1-12.
View publication via DOI: DOI:10.1176/appi.ajp.160.1.64

Davidson, R., Kabat-Zinn, J., Schumacher, J,, Rosenkrantz, M., Muller, D., Santorelli, S., Urbanowski, F., et al. (2003). Alterations in brain and immune function produced by mindfulness meditation. Psychosomatic Medicine, 65, 564-570.
View publication via DOI: DOI:10.1097/01.PSY.0000077505.67574.E3

Davidson, R.T., Arias, E.B., & Cartee, G.D. (2002). Calorie restriction increases muscle insulin action, but not IRS-1-, IRS-2- or phosphotyrosine-PI3-kinase. Am. J. Physiol., 282, E270-E276.
View publication via DOI: DOI:10.​1152/​ajpendo.​00232.​2001

Davidson, R.J. (2002). Anxiety and affective style: Role of prefrontal cortex and amygdala. Biological Psychiatry, 51(1), 68-80.
View publication via DOI: DOI:10.1016/S0006-3223(01)01328-2

Davidson, R.J., Pizzagalli, D., Nitschke, J. B., & Putnam, K.M. (2002). Depression: Perspectives from affective neuroscience. Annual Review of Psychology, 53, 545-574.
View publication via DOI: DOI:10.1146/annurev.psych.53.100901.135148

Davidson, R.J., Lewis, D., Alloy, L., Amaral, D., Bush, G., Cohen, J. Drevets, W., Farah, M., Kagan, J., McClelland, J., Nolen-Hoeksema, S., & Peterson, B. (2002). Neural and behavioral substrates of mood and mood regulation. Biological Psychiatry, 52(6), 478-502.
View publication via DOI: DOI:10.1016/S0006-3223(02)01458-0

Pizzagalli, D.A., Lehmann, D., Hendrick, A.M., Regard, M., Pascual-Marqui, R.D., & Davidson, R.J. (2002). Affective judgments of faces modulate early activity (~160 ms) within the fusiform gyri. NeuroImage, 16, 663-677.
View publication via DOI: DOI:10.1006/nimg.2002.1126

Pizzagalli, D.A., Nitschke, J.B., Oakes, T.R., Hendrick, A.M., Horras, K.A., Larson, C.L., Abercrombie, H.C., Schaefer, S.M., Koger, J.V., Benca, R.M., Pascual-Marqui, R.D., & Davidson, R.J. (2002). Brain electrical tomography in depression: The importance of symptom severity, anxiety, and melancholic features. Biological Psychiatry, 52, 73-85.

Kosslyn, S.M., Cacioppo, J.T., Davidson, R.J., Hugdahl, K., Lovallo, W.R., Spiegel, D., & Rose, R. (2002). Bridging psychology and biology. The analysis of individuals in groups. Am. Psychol., 57, 341-351.
View publication via DOI: DOI:10.1037//0003-066X.57.5.341

Nitschke, J.B., Larson, C.L. Smoller, M.J., Navin, S.D., Pederson, A.J.C., Ruffalo, D., Mackiewicz, K.L., Gray, S.M., Victor, E., Davidson, R.J. (2002). Startle potentiation in aversive anticipation: Evidence for state but not trait effects. Psychophysiology, 39, 254-259.
View publication via DOI: DOI:10.1111/1469-8986.3920254

Rusch, B.D., Abercrombie, H.C., Oakes, T.R., Schaefer, S.M., & Davidson, R.J. (2001). Hippocampal Morphometry in depressed patients and controls: Relations to anxiety symptoms. Biological Psychiatry, 50, 960-964.

Gazdag, A.C., Wetter, T.J., Davidson, R.T., Robinson, K.A., Buse, M.G., Yee, A.J., Turcotte, L.P., & Cartee, G.D. (2000). Lower calorie intake enhances muscle insulin action and reduces hexosamine levels. Am. J. Physiol., 278, R504-R512.

Davidson, R.J., Coe, C.L., Dolski, I., & Donzella, B. (1999). Individual differences in prefrontal activation a symmetry predict natural killer cell activity at rest and in response to challenge. Brain, Behavior, and Immunity, 13, 93-108.
View publication via DOI: DOI:10.1006/brbi.1999.0557

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