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Scientific Publications

Below are scientific articles published by scientists, trainees and collaborators of the Center for Healthy Minds as well as chapters and books edited or authored by Center Founder, Richard J. Davidson.


In Press

Hostinar, C. E., Davidson, R. J., Graham, E. K., Mroczek, D. K., Lachman, M. E., Seeman, T. E., van Reekum, C. M., & Miller, G. E. (in press). Frontal brain asymmetry, childhood maltreatment, and low-grade inflammation at midlife. Psychoneuroendocrinology.


Brooker, R. J., Davidson, R. J., & Goldsmith, H. H. (2016). Maternal negative affect in infancy is linked to disrupted patterns of change in cortisol and alpha asymmetry across contexts during childhood. Journal of Experimental Child Psychology, 142, 274-90. PMCID: PMC4666756
Brooker, R. J., Phelps, R. A., Davidson, R. J., & Goldsmith, H. H. (2016). Context differences in delta beta coupling are associated with neuroendocrine reactivity in infants. Developmental Psychobiology, 58(3), 406-18. PMCID: PMC4801734
Dahl, C. J., Lutz, A., & Davidson, R. J. (2016). Cognitive processes are central in compassion meditation. Trends in Cognitive Sciences, 20(3), 161-2. doi:10.1016/j.tics.2015.12.005. PMCID: Policy Exempt -- Not a peer-reviewed research article.
Davidson, R. J. (2016). Mindfulness-Based Cognitive Therapy and the Prevention of Depressive Relapse: Measures, Mechanisms, and Mediators. JAMA Psychiatry, 73(6). doi:10.1001/jamapsychiatry.2016.0135. PMCID: Policy Exempt -- Not a peer-reviewed research article.
Dentico, D., Ferrarelli, F., Riedner, B. A., Smith, R., Zennig, C., Lutz, A., Tononi, G., & Davidson, R. J. (2016). Short meditation trainings enhance non-REM sleep low-frequency oscillations. PLoS ONE, 11(2), e0148961. PMCID: PMC4764716
Burghy, C. A., Fox, M. E., Cornejo, M. D., Stodola, D. E., Sommerfeldt, S. L., Westbrook, C. A., Van Hulle, C., Schmidt, N. L., Goldsmith, H. H., Davidson, R. J., & Birn, R. M. Experience-driven differences in childhood cortisol predict affect-relevant brain function and coping in adolescent monozygotic twins. Scientific Reports, 6, 37081.
Grupe, D., Wielgosz, J., Davidson, R. J., & Nitschke, J. (2016). Neurobiological correlates of distinct PTSD symptom profiles during threat anticipation in combat veterans. Psychological Medicine, 46(9), 1885-95. doi:10.1017/S0033291716000374. PMCID: PMC4900910
Herringa, R. J., Burghy, C. A., Stodola, D. E., Fox, M. E., Davidson, R. J., & Essex, M. J. (2016). Enhanced prefrontal-amygdala connectivity following childhood adversity as a protective mechanism against internalizing in adolescence. Biological Psychiatry: Cognitive Neuroscience and Neuroimaging, 1(4), 326-34. NIHMSID: NIHMS788923
Kruis, A., Slagter, H. A., Bachhuber, D. R. W., Davidson, R. J., & Lutz, A. (2016). Effects of meditation practice on spontaneous eye blink rate. Psychophysiology, 53(5), 749-58. doi: 10.1111/psyp.12619. PMCID: PMC4837060
Lapate, R. C., Rokers, B., Tromp, D. P. M., Orfali, N. S., Doran, S., Adluru, N., Alexander, A. L., Davidson, R. J. (2016). Awareness of Emotional Stimuli Determines the Behavioral Consequences of Amygdala Activation and Amygdala-Prefrontal Connectivity. Scientific Reports, 6, 25826. doi:10.1038/srep25826. PMCID: PMC4867584
Oler, J. A., Tromp, D. P. M., Fox, A. S., Kovner, R., Davidson, R. J., Alexander, A. L., McFarlin, D. R., Birn, R. M., Berg, B., deCampo, D. M., Kalin, N. H., & Fudge, J. L. (2016). Connectivity between the central nucleus of the amygdala and the bed nucleus of the stria terminalis in the non-human primate: Neuronal tract tracing and developmental neuroimaging studies. Brain Structure and Function, ePub ahead of print. doi: 10.1007/s00429-016-1198-9. NIHMSID: NIHMS762902. PMCID: PMC4995160
Rosenkranz, M. A., Esnault, S., Christian, B. T., Crisafi, G., Gresham, L. K., Higgins, A. T., Moore, M. N., Moore, S. M., Weng, H. Y., Salk, R. H., Busse, W. W., & Davidson, R. J. (2016). Mind-body interactions in the regulation of airway inflammation in asthma: A PET study of acute and chronic stress. Brain, Behavior, and Immunity, ePub ahead of print. NIHMSID: NIHMS782546
Rosenkranz, M. A., Lutz, A., Perlman, D. M., Bachhuber, D. R. W., Schuyler, B. S., MacCoon, D. G., & Davidson, R. J. (2016). Reduced stress and inflammatory responsiveness in experienced meditators compared to a matched healthy control group. Psychoneuroendocrinology, 68, 117-25. doi: 10.1016/j.psyneuen.2016.02.013. PMCID: PMC4851883
Shackman, A. J., Fox, A. S., Oler, J. A., Shelton, S. E., Oakes, T. R., Davidson, R. J. & Kalin, N. H. (2016). Heightened extended amygdala metabolism following threat characterizes the early phenotypic risk to develop anxiety‐related psychopathology. Molecular Psychiatry. NIHMSID: NIHMS799606 [epub ahead of print at doi:10.1038/mp.2016.132]
Sprecher, K. E., Riedner, B. A., Smith, R. F., Tononi, G., Davidson, R. J., & Benca, R. M. (2016). High resolution topography of age-related changes in non-rapid eye movement sleep electroencephalography. PLoS One, 11(2), e0149770. doi: 10.1371/journal.pone.0149770. PMCID: PMC4764685
Wielgosz, J., Schuyler, B. S., Lutz, A., & Davidson, R. J. (2016). Long-term mindfulness training is associated with reliable differences in resting respiration rate. Scientific Reports, 6, 27533. doi:10.1038/srep27533. PMCID: PMC4895172


Caldwell, J. Z. K., Armstrong, J. M., Hanson, J. L., Sutterer, M. J., Stodola, D. E., Koenigs, M., Kalin, N. H., Essex, M.J., & Davidson, R. J. (2015). Preschool externalizing behavior predicts gender-specific variation in adolescent neural structure. PloS One, 10(2), e0117453. PMCID: PMC4319931
Chung, M.K., Hanson, J.L., Ye, J., Davidson, R.J. Pollak, S.D. (2015). Persistent homology in sparse regression and its application to brain morphometry. IEEE Transactions on Medical Imaging, 34, 1928-1939. PMCID: PMC4629505
Dahl, C. J., Lutz, A., & Davidson, R. J. (2015). Reconstructing and deconstructing the self: Cognitive mechanisms in meditation practice. Trends in Cognitive Sciences, 19(9), 515–23. PMCID: PMC4595910
Davidson, R. J. (2015). Behavioral interventions produce robust beneficial biological alterations. Biological Psychiatry, 78(10), 668–9. PMCID: PMC4695969
Davidson, R. J. (2015). Comment: Affective chronometry has come of age. Emotion Review, 7(4), 368–370. PMCID: Policy Exempt -- not funded by NIH grants
Davidson, R. J., & Kaszniak, A. (2015). Conceptual and methodological issues in research on mindfulness and meditation. American Psychologist, 70(7), 581–92. PMCID: PMC4627495
Davidson, R. J., & Schuyler, B. S. (2015). Neuroscience of happiness. In J.F. Helliwell, R. Layard, & J. Sachs (Eds.), World Happiness (Chapter 5). New York, NY: The Earth Institute, Columbia University. PMCID: Policy Exempt
Flook, L., Goldberg, S. B., Pinger, L. J., & Davidson, R. J. (2015). Promoting prosocial behavior and self-regulatory skills in preschool children through a mindfulness-based kindness curriculum. Developmental Psychology, 51(1), 44–51. PMCID: PMC4485612
Fox, A. S., Oler, J. A., Shackman, A. J., Shelton, S. E., Raveendran, M., McKay, D. R., Converse, A. K., Alexander, A. L., Davidson, R. J., Blangero, J., Rogers, J., & Kalin, N. H. (2015). Intergenerational neural mediators of early-life anxious temperament. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences. PMCID: PMC4517228
Goldberg, S.B., Wielgosz, J., Dahl, C., Schuyler, B., MacCoon, D.S., Rosenkranz, M., Lutz, A., Sebranek, C.A., & Davidson, R. J. (2015). Does the Five Facet Mindfulness Questionnaire measure what we think it does? Construct validity evidence from an active controlled randomized clinical trial. Psychological Assessment, 28(8), 1009-1014. PMCID: PMC4829487
Hanson, J. L., Nacewicz, B. M., Sutterer, M. J., Cayo, A. A., Schaefer, S. M., Rudolph, K. D., Shirtcliff, E. A., Pollak, S. D., & Davidson, R. J. (2015). Behavior problems after early life stress: Contributions of the hippocampus and amygdala. Biological Psychiatry, 77(4), 314–323. PMCID: PMC4241384
Heller, A. S., Fox, A. S., Wing, E. K., McQuisition, K. M., Vack, N. J., & Davidson, R. J. (2015). The neurodynamics of affect in the laboratory predicts persistence of real-world emotional responses. The Journal of Neuroscience, 35(29), 10503–9. PMCID: PMC4510290
Hosseinbor, A. P., Chung, M. K., Koay, C. G., Schaefer, S. M., van Reekum, C. M., Schmitz, L. P., Sutterer, M., Alexander, A. L., & Davidson, R. J. (2015). 4D hyperspherical harmonic (HyperSPHARM) representation of surface anatomy: A holistic treatment of multiple disconnected anatomical structures. Medical Image Analysis, 22(1), 89–101. PMCID: PMC4405486
Khalsa, S. S., Rudrauf, D., Davidson, R. J., & Tranel, D. (2015). The effect of meditation on regulation of internal body states. Frontiers in Psychology. PMCID: PMC4493770
Light, S. N., Moran, Z. D., Swander, L., Le, V., Cage, B., Burghy, C., Westbrook, C., Greishar, L., & Davidson, R. J. (2015). Electromyographically assessed empathic concern and empathic happiness predict increased prosocial behavior in adults. Biological Psychology, 104, 116-129. PMCID: Policy Exempt -- not funded by NIH grants
Richey, J.A., Damiano, C.R., Sabatino, A., Rittenberg, A., Petty, C. Bizzell. J., Voyvodic, J., Heller, A., Coffman, M.C., Smoski, M., Davidson, R. J., & Dichter, G.S. (2015). Neural mechanisms of emotion regulation in autism spectrum disorder. Journal of Autism and Developmental Disorders, 45(11), 3409-3423. PMCID: PMC4515208
Salomons, T. V., Nusslock, R., Detloff, A., Johnstone, T., & Davidson, R. J. (2015). Neural emotion regulation circuitry underlying anxiolytic effects of perceived control over pain. Journal of Cognitive Neuroscience, 27(2), 222-233. PMCID: PMC4297314
Weng, H. Y., Fox, A.S., Hessenthaler, H. C., Stodola, D. E., & Davidson, R. J. (2015). The role of compassion in altruistic helping and punishment behavior. PLoS ONE, 10(12): e0143794. doi:10.1371/journal.pone.0143794. PMCID: PMC4675554
Williams, L. E., Oler, J. A., Fox, A. S., McFarlin, D. R., Rogers, G. M., Jesson, M. A. L., Davidson, R. J., Pine, D. S., & Kalin, N. H. (2015). Fear of the unknown: Uncertain anticipation reveals amygdala alterations in childhood anxiety disorders. Neuropsychopharmacology, 40, 1428–1435. PMCID: PMC4397401