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Walker Pendersen
Walker S. Pedersen
Postdoctoral Research Associate, Center for Healthy Minds

Walker is a postdoctoral researcher who studies how the brain processes emotion and how emotion impacts cognition and social evaluation. Walker specializes in a variety of neuroscience techniques including functional, structural and resting state MRI, as well as EEG and other psychophysiological measures. Much of his recent work has focused on the bed nucleus of the stria terminalis, an area of the brain that has been implicated in stress and anxiety. Understanding how the brain processes these negative emotions is a critical step in developing treatments for psychopathology and promoting well-being.


Disentangling the effects of novelty, valence and trait anxiety in the bed nucleus of the stria terminalis, amygdala and hippocampus with high resolution 7T fMRI

The effects of stimulus novelty and negativity on BOLD activity in the amygdala, hippocampus, and bed nucleus of the stria terminalis

State anxiety carried over from prior threat increases late positive potential amplitude during an instructed emotion regulation task


A.S., Salt Lake Community College

B.S., Brigham Young University

M.S., University of Wisconsin–Milwaukee

Ph.D., University of Wisconsin–Milwaukee

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"Spending time on the activities and people you love."