Davidson, R. J. (2010). Empirical explorations of mindfulness: Conceptual and methodological conundrums. Emotion, 10(1), 8-11.

Davidson, R. J., Lutz, A., Perlman, D. M., & Salomons, T. V. (2010). Differential Effects on Pain Intensity and Unpleasantness of Two Meditation Practices. Emotion, 10(1), 65–71. PMCID: PMC2859822

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

Davidson, R. J., Jackson, D. C., Lee, H., & Shackman, A. J., (2009). Test-retest reliability of voluntary emotion regulation. Psychophysiology, 46, 874-879. PMCID: PMC2706917

Coan, J. A., Davidson, R. J., Frye, C., Goldsmith, H. H., Light, S. N., & Zahn-Waxler, C. (2009). Empathy is associated with dynamic change in prefrontal brain electrical activity during positive emotion in children. Child Development, 80(4), 1210-1231. PMCID: PMC2717040

Davidson, R. J., Francis, A., Greischar, L. L., Lutz, A., Slagter, H., & Rawling, N. (2009). Mental training enhances attentional stability: Neural and behavioral evidence. Journal of Neuroscience, 29(42), 13418 –13427.

Davidson, R. J., Dunne, J., Lutz, A., & Slagter, H. A. (2008). Attention regulation and monitoring in meditation. Trends in Cognitive Sciences 12(4), 163-169. NIHMS # 82882

Brefczynski-Lewis J. A., Davidson, R. J., Levinson, D. B., Lutz, A., & Schaefer, H. S. (2007). Neural correlates of attentional expertise in long-term meditation practitioners. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, 104(27), 11483-11488.

Davidson, R. J., Davis, J. M., Francis, A. D., Greischar, L. L., Lutz, A., Nieuwenhuis, S., & Slagter, H. A. (2007). Mental training affects use of limited brain resources. PLoS Biology, 5(6), e138 doi:10.1371/journal.pbio.0050138 PMCID: PMC1865565

Davidson, R. J., Coan, J. A., & Schaefer, H. S. (2006). Lending a hand: Social regulation of the neural response to threat. Psychological Science, 17(12) 1032-1039.

Converse, A. K., Davidson, R. J., Fox, A. S., Kalin, N. H., Oakes, T. R., & Shelton, S. E., (2005). Calling for help is independently modulated by brain systems underlying goal-directed behavior and threat perception. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, 102, 4176-4179.

Davidson, R. J., Maxwell, J. S., & Shackman, A. J. (2004). Asymmetries in face and brain related to emotion. Trends in Cognitive Science, 8(9), 389-391.

Davidson, R. J., Greischar, L. L., Lutz, A., Rawlings, N. B., & Ricard, M. (2004) Long-term meditators self-induce high-amplitude gamma synchrony during mental practice. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences. 101:16369-73.

Dalton, K. M., Davidson, R. J., Dolski, I., Jackson, D. C., Mueller, C. J., Nitschke, J. B., Rosenkranz, M. A., Ryff, C. D., Singer, B. H., & Urry, H. L. (2004) Making a life worth living: neural correlates of well-being. Psychological Science 15:367-72.

Casey, K. L., Cohen, J. D., Davidson, R. J., Kosslyn, S. M., Rilling, Rose, R. M., J. K., Smith, E. E., Sokolik, A., & Wager, T. D. (2004) Placebo-induced changes in FMRI in the anticipation and experience of pain. Science 303:1162-7.

Davidson, R. J., Nitschke, J. B., Pizzagalli, D., & Putnam, K. M. (2002). Depression: Perspectives from affective neuroscience. Annual Review of Psychology, 53, 545-574.

Davidson, R. J. (2001). Toward a biology of personality and emotion. Ann.N.Y.Acad.Sci., 935, 191-207.

Davidson, R. J., Jackson, D. C. & Kalin, N. H .(2000). Emotion, plasticity, context and regulation: Perspectives from affective neuroscience. Psychological Bulletin, 126, 890-906.


Davidson, R. J., Nitschke, J. B., & Pizzagalli, D. (2009). The representation and regulation of emotion in depression: Perspectives from affective neuroscience. In I.H. Gothic & C.L. Hamden (Eds.), Handbook of Depression, Second Edition (pp. 218-248). New York: Guilford Press.

Davidson, R.J., Dunne, J.P., & Lutz, A. (2007). Meditation and the Neuroscience of Consciousness: An Introduction. In P. Zealot, M. Moscovitch, & E. Thompson (Eds.), Cambridge Handbook of Consciousness. New York: Cambridge University Press.

Davidson, R. J. (2003). Mind Matters: Affective and cognitive neuroscience: Domain introduction. In F. Kessel, P.L. Rosenfield & N.B. Anderson (Eds.), Expanding the Boundaries of Health and Social Science: Case Studies in Interdisciplinary Innovation (pp. 95-98). New York: Oxford University Press.

Davidson, R. J., Kalin, N. H., Nitschke, J. B., & Pizzagalli, D. (2003). Parsing the subcomponents of emotion and disorders of emotion: Perspectives from affective neuroscience. In R.J. Davidson, H. H. Goldsmith, & K. Scherer (Eds.), Handbook of Affective Science (pp. 8-24). New York: Oxford University Press.

Davidson, R. J. & Goldsmith, H. H. (2003). Introduction: Personality. In R.J. Davidson, H. H. Goldsmith, & K. Scherer (Eds.), Handbook of Affective Science (pp. 677-680). New York: Oxford University Press.

Davidson, R. J., Pizzagalli, D., & Shackman, A.J. (2003). The functional neuroimaging of human emotion: Asymmetric contributions of cortical and subcortical circuitry. In K. Hugdahl & R.J. Davidson (Eds.), The Asymmetrical Brain (pp. 511-532). Cambridge, MA: MIT Press.


Davidson, R. J. & Hugdahl, K. (Eds.) (2004), The Asymmetrical Brain. Cambridge, MA: MIT Press.

This book reflects the most recent thinking on functional asymmetries and their structural correlates in brain anatomy. It emphasizes research using new neuroimaging and neurostimulation techniques. It also considers clinical applications of asymmetry research. The book contains sections on animal models and basic functions, neuroimaging and brain stimulation studies, visual laterality, auditory laterality, emotional laterality, neurological disorders, and psychiatric disorders.

Campos, J. J., Davidson, R. J., De Waal, F. B. M., & Ekman, P. (Eds.) (2003). Emotions inside out: 130 years after Darwin's 'The Expression of the Emotions in Man and Animals.' Annals of the New York Academy of Sciences Vol. 1000 New York: New York Academy of Sciences.

This volume offer a fresh look at an old theory that is still the reference point for research into emotions and facial expression. It updates and deepens our understanding of the emotional life of animals, the role of emotional communication in human development, and the emotional underpinnings of normal and pathological social behavior. Topics covered include animal communication, and the development, expression, and physiology of emotion.

Davidson, R. J., Goldsmith, H. H., & Scherer, K. (Eds.) (2003). Handbook of Affective Sciences. New York: Oxford University Press.

This volume is a comprehensive roadmap to the burgeoning area of affective sciences, which now spans several disciplines. The Handbook brings together, for the first time, the various strands of inquiry and latest research in the scientific study of the relationship between the mechanisms of the brain and the psychology of mind.

Davidson, R.J. & Hugdahl, K. (Eds.) (2003), Brain Asymmetry II. Cambridge, MA: MIT Press.

The folk belief that the left brain hemisphere is dominant for language and the right for visuospatial functions is incomplete and even misleading. Research shows that asymmetries exist at all levels of the nervous system and apply to emotional as well as to higher cognitive processes. Going beyond the authors' previous book, Brain Asymmetry, this book reflects the most recent thinking on functional asymmetries and their structural correlates in brain anatomy.

Adolphs, R., Berntson, G. G., Cacioppo, J. T., Carter, C. S., Davidson, R. J., McClintock, M. K., McEwen, B. S., Meaney, M. J., Schacter, D. L., Sternberg, E. M., Suomi, S. S., & Taylor, S. E. (2002). Foundations in Social Neuroscience. Cambridge, MA: MIT Press.

A full understanding of the biology and behavior of humans cannot be complete without the collective contributions of the social sciences, cognitive sciences, and neurosciences. This book collects eighty-two of the foundational articles in the emerging discipline of social neuroscience.

Davidson, R. J. & Harrington, A. (Ed.) (2002). Visions of Compassion: Western Scientists and Tibetan Buddhists Examine Human Nature. New York: Oxford University Press.

This book examines how Western behavioral science—which has generally focused on negative aspects of human nature—holds up to cross-cultural scrutiny, in particular the Tibetan Buddhist celebration of the human potential for altruism, empathy, and compassion. Resulting from a meeting between the Dalai Lama, leading Western scholars, and a group of Tibetan monks, this volume includes excerpts from these extraordinary dialogues as well as engaging essays exploring points of difference and overlap between the two perspectives.

Davidson, R. J. (Ed.) (2000). Anxiety, Depression and Emotion: The First Wisconsin Symposium on Emotion. New York: Oxford University Press.

By focusing on the relationship between basic research in emotion and emotional dysfunction in depression and anxiety, this unique volume presents both psychological and biological implications of research for psychiatrists and psychologists.

In the News

Johnson, Dirk. (Sept. 2010). Dalai Lama Donates to Center in Wisconsin. New York

When Davidson was a psychology doctoral student in the 1970s, he told his advisers at Harvard that he planned to study the power of meditation. The Dalai Lama is now one of his mentors. This article is about the Tibetan spiritual leader’s plans to donate $50,000 to the Center for Investigating Healthy Minds at Madison, a new research lab founded by Dr. Davidson, which is studying whether meditation can promote compassion and kindness.

Foley, Ryan J. (May 2010). Scientist, Dalai Lama share research effort. Associated Press.

The article was written as the Dalai Lama marked the opening of the Center for Investigating Healthy Minds at the university's Waisman Center, where more than a dozen researchers study the science behind positive qualities of mind. Davidson said the center will be the only one in the world with a meditation room next to a brain imaging laboratory. The center plans to begin training local fifth-grade teachers next fall to cultivate skills like patience and relaxation among their students.

Derby, Samara Kalk. (May 2010). Dalai Lama warns of being distorted by ignorance.

Dr. Davidson and the Dalai Lama talk together at the Overture Center’s Capitol Theater during an event to celebrate the opening of the Center for Investigating Healthy Minds. Davidson is the founder of the new center, which is set to open in the fall of 2010 in the Waisman Center on the University of Wisconsin-Madison campus.

Sherman, Carl. (March 2010) Some With Depression May Lack 'Happiness Stamina'. The Dana Foundation.

This article discusses the significance and details of a study in Proceedings of the National Academy of Science, wherein University of Wisconsin researchers compared functional magnetic resonance imaging (fMRI) readings of 27 individuals who met standard criteria for major depressive disorder with 19 healthy controls. Dr. Davidson was a senior author of the paper, and comments about the study to this investigative journalist. Greg J. Siegle, director of the University of Pittsburgh’s cognitive affective neuroscience program, calls it “a terrific paper.” He is quoted as saying, “Davidson’s group have been pioneers of the psychochronobiology of affect.” What they found “shows that depression isn’t a disorder like atrophy or a lesion or a chemical imbalance, which would persist whenever it was measured. I’d liken it more to fatigue. It’s only after a time that depressed people can’t experience what’s normal for others.”

Sakai, Jill. (Jan. 2010). UW-Madison happiness research featured in NOVA documentary. University of Wisconsin-Madison News.

The article reviews a three-episode PBS/NOVA documentary on the nature of human happiness. Dr. Davidson appears in the third episode, "Rethinking Happiness." The show highlighted his research into the neural basis of happiness, studying patterns of brain activation in people who describe themselves as happy.