Richard J Davidson, PhD

Position title: William James & Vilas Professor of Psychology & Psychiatry

Richard Davidson, PhD

PhD, Harvard
William James & Vilas Professor of Psychology & Psychiatry

Contact Information

Waisman Center, Room T115
1500 Highland Avenue
Madison, WI 53705
Center for Healthy Minds

Research Statement

His research is broadly focused on the neural bases of emotion and emotional style and methods to promote human flourishing including meditation and related contemplative practices. His studies have included persons of all ages from birth through old age and have also included individuals with disorders of emotion such as mood and anxiety disorders and autism, as well as expert meditation practitioners with tens of thousands of hours of experience. His research uses a wide range of methods including different varieties of MRI, positron emission tomography, electroencephalography, and modern genetic and epigenetic methods.

Selected Publications