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
Waisman Laboratory for Brain Imaging and Behavior
Center for Investigating Healthy Minds

Research Statement

Research in Davidson’s laboratory is focused on the neural bases of disordered and healthy 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 though 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