April 23-24, 2014 Wisconsin Symposium on Emotion in Madison, WI
September 11: New York Times: Can Emotional Intelligence Be Taught?
July 15: Huffington Post: Why Companies Are Turning To Meditation And Yoga To Boost The Bottom Line
July 7: New York Times: The Morality of Meditation
June 30: LaCrosse Tribune: Compassion takes plenty of practice
May 19: Wisconsin State Journal: UW-Madison researchers journey deep into the brain via the science of imaging
April 19: Huffington Post: America's New Workout for the Brain
March 25: Science Daily: Researchers Discover the Brain Origins of Variation in Pathological Anxiety Also see: UW-Madison News
February 27: Science Daily: Authors: Develop Digital Games to Improve Brain Function and Well-Being Also see: Nature, Examiner.com, Breitbart.com
The Laboratory for Affective Neuroscience engages in a broad program of research on the brain mechanisms underlying emotion and emotion regulation in normal individuals throughout the life course. The populations we study include normal middle-aged and older adults, infants, toddlers, children and adolescents as well as individuals with various psychiatric disorders.
We also study relations between the central circuitry of emotion and peripheral biology to probe the mechanisms of mind-brain-body interaction. A fundamental part of most of our research is a focus on individual differences in affective style - how and why individuals differ dramatically in how they respond to emotional challenges.
We are interested in both risk and resilience - why are some individuals particularly vulnerable in response to negative life events, while others appear to be relatively resilient? How can we promote enhanced resilience? As a part of the latter work, we study interventions designed to cultivate more positive affective styles. One such intervention that we have extensively studied over the past decade is meditation.
In addition to the research on normal affective function, we also study a range of psychopathologies, all of which involve abnormalities in different aspects of emotion processing. Included among the disorders we have recently studied are adult mood and anxiety disorders, and autism, fragile X and Williams syndrome in children. Some of our current research involves:
We are located at the University of Wisconsin - Madison and conduct research in a number of locations across campus, including the Department of Psychology, the Waisman Laboratory for Brain Imaging and Behavior, the Center for Investigating Healthy Minds, and the Health Emotions Research Institute.