Richard J Davidson Ph.D.

Faculty Coordinator, Waisman Center Scientific Core Services; Faculty Coordinator, Brain Imaging Core; Professor, Psychology and Psychiatry

Richard J Davidson Waisman Center
University of Wisconsin-Madison
1500 Highland Ave.
Madison, WI 53705
608-265-8189 (tel)
608-262-9440 (fax);;

Biography/Curriculum Vitae:

Research Interests:
Affective neuroscience; affective and anxiety disorders

Narrative of Current Research Efforts:
Research in my laboratory is focused on cortical and subcortical substrates of emotion and affective disorders, including depression and anxiety. We study normal adults and young children, and those with, or at risk for, affective and anxiety disorders. We use quantitative electrophysiology, positron emission tomography and functional magnetic resonance imaging to make inferences about patterns of regional brain function. A major focus of our current work is on interactions between prefrontal cortex and the amygdala in the regulation of emotion in both normal subjects and patients with affective and anxiety disorders.

Major Honors and Awards:

Representative Publications:
Series in Affective Science
Richard J. Davidson, Paul Ekman, Klaus R. Scherer, Editors
Richard J. Davidson and Klaus R. Scherer, Editors
Dalton KM, Nacewicz BM, Johnstone T, Schaefer HS, Gernsbacher MA, Goldsmith HH, Alexander AL, Davidson RJ. (2005) Gaze fixation and the neural circuitry of face processing in autism. Nature Neuroscience. 8, 519-526
Lutz A, Greischar LL, Rawlings NB, Ricard M, Davidson RJ. (2004) Long-term meditators self-induce high-amplitude gamma synchrony during mental practice. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences. 101:16369-73
Davidson RJ. (2004) Well-being and affective style: neural substrates and biobehavioural correlates. Philosophical Transactions of the Royal Society (London). 359:1395-411
Salomons TV, Johnstone T, Backonja MM, Davidson RJ. (2004) Perceived controllability modulates the neural response to pain. Journal of Neuroscience. 24:7199-203.
Urry HL, Nitschke JB, Dolski I, Jackson DC, Dalton KM, Mueller CJ, Rosenkranz MA, Ryff CD, Singer BH, Davidson RJ. (2004) Making a life worth living: neural correlates of well-being. Psychological Science. 15:367-72.
Wager TD, Rilling JK, Smith EE, Sokolik A, Casey KL, Davidson RJ, Kosslyn SM, Rose RM, Cohen JD. (2004) Placebo-induced changes in FMRI in the anticipation and experience of pain. Science. 303:1162-7.
Rosenkranz MA, Jackson DC, Dalton KM, Dolski I, Ryff CD, Singer BH, Muller D, Kalin NH, Davidson RJ. (2003) Affective style and in vivo immune response: neurobehavioral mechanisms. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences. 100:11148-52.
Visions of Compassion: Western scientists and Tibetan Buddhists examine human nature (2002). New York: Oxford University Press.
Davidson, R. J., Pizzagalli, D., Nitschke, J. B., & Putnam, K. M. (2002). Depression:  Perspectives from affective neuroscience. Annual Review of Psychology, 53, 545-574.

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