Friday, May 28, 2010

Contemplative Neuroscience Webinar w/ Richard J. Davidson, PhD

Thanks to Bruce (at Integral Postmetaphysical Spirituality) for the information!

Webinar: Contemplative Neuroscience

Richard  Davidsonwith Richard J. Davidson
Vilas Professor of Psychology and Psychiatry,
University of Wisconsin-Madison

Wednesday, June 30th, 2010
3:00 - 4:00 pm EDT

Click  Here to Register

Dr. Davidson is a William James and Vilas Research Professor of Psychology and Psychiatry at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. He received his Ph.D. from Harvard University in Psychology and has been at Wisconsin since 1984.

He has published more than 250 articles, chapters and reviews, and has edited 13 books. Dr. Davidson was the founding co-editor of the new American Psychological Association journal, EMOTION, and is also past-president of the Society for Research in Psychopathology and of the Society for Psychophysiological Research.

In 2000, he was recipient of the most distinguished award for science given by the American Psychological Association – the Distinguished Scientific Contribution Award. In 2003 he was elected to the American Academy of Arts and Sciences and in 2004 he was elected to the Wisconsin Academy of Sciences, Arts and Letters. He was named one of the 100 most influential people in the world by Time Magazine in 2006. In 2006, he was also awarded the first Mani Bhaumik Award by UCLA for advancing the understanding of the brain and conscious mind in healing.

How to Register
Submit the registration form by noon on the day of the webinar (the earlier the better, in order to allow enough time for you to receive the connection instructions). After submitting the form, you will be forwarded to a payment page. If you are a member of the ACMHE, disregard this step (webinars are free for members); if you are not a member, you must submit the $5 payment for your registration to be approved. After your registration has been approved, you will be sent instructions for connecting to the webinar.

If you have any questions regarding registration or connection, please email

Please Note: Technical Concern for Mac OS 10.6.3 users (and possibly others)
At our April webinar, several participants using Mac OS v10.6.3 were unable to connect: after clicking the link above to join the webinar, they were routed to a GotoWebinar F.A.Q. page instead of the actual webinar. We have contacted GoToWebinar to find a solution for this problem, and their suggestion has been for affected users to try a different web browser (ie Firefox instead of Safari) or an entirely different computer. We apologize for any inconvenience this causes and are currently researching new webinar service providers to avoid this problem in the future.
Here is more info on Dr. Davidson (thanks again to Bruce):

Talk by Richard Davidson: Transform Your Mind, Change Your Brain
In this talk, Richard J. Davidson will explore recent scientific research on the neuroscience of positive human qualities and how they can be cultivated through contemplative practice. Distinctions among different forms of contemplative practices will be introduced and they will be shown to have different neural and behavioral consequences, as well as important consequences for physical health in both long-term and novice practitioners. New research also shows that meditation-based interventions delivered online can produce behavioral and neural changes. Collectively, this body of research indicates that we can cultivate adaptive neural changes and strengthen positive human qualities through systematic mental practice.
Davidson is lab director at the Laboratory for Affective Neuroscience at the University of Wisconsin Madison. Here is a collection of his papers (only going back to 2008 - more at the site). From what I can tell after a random sampling, these are all PDFs that we can download.

In Press

Fox, A., Shelton, S., Oakes, T. R., Converse, A., Davidson, R. J., & Kalin, N. (in press). Orbitofrontal cortex lesions alter anxiety-related activity in the primate bed nucleus of stria terminalis. Journal of Neuroscience.

Hanson, J., Chung, M., Avants, B., Shritcliff, E., Gee, J., Davidson, R. J., & Pollak, S. (in press). Early stress is associated with alterations in the orbitofrontal cortex: A tensor-based morphometry investigation of brain structure and behavioral risk. Journal of Neuroscience.

Havas, D. A., Glenberg, A. M., Gutowski, K. A., Lucarelli, M. J., & Davidson, R. J. (in press). Cosmetic use of botulinum toxin-A affects processing of emotional language. Psychological Science.

Slagter, H. A., Johnstone, T., Beets, I. A. M., & Davidson, R. J. (in press). Neural competition for conscious representation across time: An fMRI study. PLoS ONE. PMC Journal - In process.


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

Jahn, A.L., Fox, A.S., Abercrombie, H.C., Shelton, S.E., Oakes, T.,R., Davidson, R.J., Kalin, N.H. (2010). Subgenual PFC Activity Predicts Individual Differences in HPA Activity Across Different Contexts. Biological Psychiatry, 67, 175-81. Supplement 1. PMCID: PMC2804442

McMenamin, B. W., Shackman, A. J., Maxwell, J. S., Bachhuber, D. R., Koppenhaver, A. M., Greischar, L. L. & Davidson, R. J. (2010). Validation of ICA-based myogenic artifact correction for scalp and source-localized EEG. Neuroimage, 49, 2416–2432. PMCID: PMC2818255

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

Schuyler, B. S., Ollinger, J. M., Oakes, T. R., Johnstone, T., & Davidson, R. J. (2010). Dynamic causal modeling applied to fMRI data shows high reliability. NeuroImage, 49(1), 603-611. NIHMS133434

Shackman, A. J., McMenamin, B. W., Maxwell, J. S., Greischar, L. L., & Davidson, R. J. (2010). Identifying robust and sensitive frequency bands for interrogating neural oscillations. Neuroimage, 51, 1319–1333. PMCID: PMC2871966

Slagter, H. A., Davidson, R. J., & Tomer, R. (2010). Eye blink rate predicts individual differences in pseudoneglect. Neuropsychologia, 48(5), 1265-1268. PMCID: PMC2843752.

van Reekum, C. M., Schaefer, S., Lapate, R., Norris, C., Greischar, L. L., & Davidson, R. J. (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 Materal. PMC Journal - In Process


Bauer P. M., Hanson J. L., Pierson R. K., Davidson R. J., & Pollak S. D. (2009). Cerebellar volume and cognitive functioning in children who experienced early deprivation. Biological Psychiatry, 66(12), 1100-1106. NIHMS202626

Christian, B. T., Fox, A. S., Oler, J. A., Vandehey, N. T., Murali, D., Rogers, J., Oakes, T. R., Shelton, S. E., Davidson, R. J., & Kalin, N. H. (2009). Serotonin transporter binding and genotype in the nonhuman primate brain using [C-11]DASB PET. NeuroImage, 47(4), 1230-6. PMCID: PMC2798593

Christian B. T., Vandehey N. T., Fox A. S., Murali D., Oakes T. R., Converse A. K., Nickles R. J., Shelton S. E., Davidson R. J., Kalin N. H. (2009). The distribution of D2/D3 receptor binding in the adolescent rhesus monkey using small animal PET imaging. NeuroImage, 44(4), 1334-1344. PMCID: PMC2649779

Gloria R., Angelos, L., Schaefer, H. S., Davis, J. M., Majeskie, M., Richmond, B. S., Curtin, J. J., Davidson, R. J., & Baker, T. B. (2009). An fMRI investigation of the impact of withdrawal on nicotine anticipation. Psychophysiology, 46, 681–693. PMCID: PMC2706918

Heller A. S., Johnstone, T., Shackman, A. J., Light, S., Peterson, M., Kolden, G., Kalin, N., & Davidson, R. J. (2009). Reduced capacity to sustain positive emotion in major depression reflects diminished maintenance of fronto-striatal brain activation. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, 106(52), 22445–22450. PMCID: PMC2796908

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

Light, S. N., Coan, J. A., Zahn-Waxler, C., Frye, C., Goldsmith, H. H., & Davidson, R. J. (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

Light, S. N., Goldsmith, H. H., Coan, J. A., Frye, C., & Davidson, R. J. (2009). Dynamic variation in pleasure in children predicts non-linear change in lateral frontal activity. Developmental Psychology, 45(2), 525-533. PMCID: PMC2758087

Locke, R. L., Davidson, R. J., Kalin, N. H., & Goldsmith, H. H. (2009). Children’s context inappropriate anger and salivary cortisol. Developmental Psychology, 45(5), 1284-1297. PMCID: PMC2776065

Lutz, A., Greischar, L. L., Perlman, D., & Davidson, R. J. (2009). BOLD signal in insula is differentially related to cardiac function during compassion meditation in experts vs. novices. NeuroImage 47(3), 1038–1046. NIHMS115415

Lutz, A., Slagter, H., Rawling, N., Francis, A., Greischar, L. L., Davidson, R.J. (2009). Mental training enhances attentional stability: Neural and behavioral evidence. Journal of Neuroscience, 29(42), 13418 –13427. PMCID: PMC2789281

McMenamin, B. W., Shackman, A. J., Maxwell, J. S., Greischar, L. L., & Davidson, R. J. (2009). Validation of regression-based myogenic correction techniques for scalp and source-localized EEG. Psychophysiology, 46. DOI: 10.1111/j.1469-8986.2009.00787.x. PMCID: PMC2677703

Nitschke, J. B., Sarinopoulos, I., Oathes, D. J., Johnstone, T., Whalen, P. J., Davidson, R. J., & Kalin, N. H. (2009). Anticipatory activation in the amygdala and anterior cingulate in generalized anxiety disorder and prediction of treatment response. American Journal of Psychiatry. doi:10.1176/appi.ajp.2008.07101682. PMCID: PMC2804441

Oler, J. A., Fox, A.S., Shelton, S.E., Christian, B.T., Murali, D., Oakes, T.R., Davidson, R. J., Kalin, N. K. (2009). Serotonin Transporter Availability in the Amygdala and Bed Nucleus of the Stria Terminalis Predicts Anxious Temperament and Brain Glucose Metabolic Activity. Journal of Neuroscience, 29(32), 9961-9966. PMCID: PMC2756094

Rosenkranz, M. A., Davidson, R. J. (2009). Affective neural circuitry and mind-body influences in asthma. NeuroImage, 47, 972–980. PMCID: PMC2748325

Shackman, A. J., McMenamin, B. W., Maxwell, J. S., Greischar, L. L., & Davidson, R. J. (2009). Right dorsolateral prefrontal cortical activity and behavioral inhibition. Psychological Science, 20(12), 1500-1506. NIHMS109647

Shackman, A. J., McMenamin, B. W., Slagter, H. A., Maxwell, J. S., Greischar, L. L., & Davidson, R. J. (2009). Electromyogenic artifacts and electroencephalographic inferences. Brain Topography. DOI: 10.1007/s10548-009-0079-4 PMCID: PMC2712576

Slagter, H. A., Lutz, A., Greischar, L. L., Nieuwenhuis, S., & Davidson, R. J. (2009). Theta phase synchrony and conscious target perception: Impact of intensive mental training. Journal of Cognitive Neuroscience, 21(8), 1536-49. PMCID: PMC2698032

Urry, H. L., van Reekum, C. M., Johnstone, T., & Davidson, R. J. (2009). Individual differences in some (but not all) medial prefrontal regions reflect cognitive demand while regulating unpleasant emotion. NeuroImage, 47, 852–863. PMCID: PMC2766667

Vandehey, N. T., Garell, P. C., Hampel, J. A., Murali, D., Smith, E. M., Davidson, R. J., Converse, A. K., Nickles, R. J., & Christian, B. T. (2009). PET measurement of changes in D3/D3 dopamine receptor binding in a nonhuman primate during chronic deep brain stimulation of the bed nucleus of the stria terminalis. Journal of Neuroscience Methods, 176, 129-35. PMCID: PMC2638170


Chung, M. K., Dalton, K. M., & Davidson, R. J. (2008). Tensor-based cortical surface morphometry via weighted spherical harmonic representation. IEEE Transactions on Medical Imaging, 27(8), 1143-51. (Accepted 2007)

Chung, M. K., Hartley, R., Dalton, K. M., Davidson, R. J., 2008. Encoding cortical surface by spherical harmonics. Statistica Sinica 18, 1269-1291. (Accepted 2007)

Dalton, K. M., Holsen, L., Abbeduto, L. L., & Davidson, R. J. (2008). Brain function and gaze-fixation during facial emotion processing in Fragile-X and autism. Autism Research, 1, 231–239. PMCID: PMC2679695

Davidson, R. J. (2008). Spirituality and medicine: Science and practice. Annals of Family Medicine, 6(5), 388-9. PMCID: PMC2532774

Davidson, R. J. & Lutz, A. (2008). Buddha’s Brain: Neuroplasticity and Meditation. IEEE Signal Processing 25(1), 171-174. NIHMS83558 (Accepted 2007)

Fox, A. S., Shelton, S. E., Oakes, T. R., Davidson, R. J., & Kalin, N. H. (2008). Trait-like brain activity during adolescence predicts anxious temperament in primates. PLoS ONE, 3(7), e2570. PMCID: PMC2430534

Goldsmith, H. H., Pollak, S., & Davidson, R. J.,(2008). Developmental neuroscience perspectives on emotion regulation. Child Development Perspectives, 2(3), 132-140. PMCID: PMC2756715

Holsen, L. M., Dalton, K. M., Johnstone, T., & Davidson, R. J. (2008). Prefrontal social cognition network dysfunction underlying face encoding and social anxiety in fragile X syndrome. NeuroImage 15 (43), 592-604. PMCID: PMC2598775

Kalin, N. H., Shelton, S. E., Fox, A. S., Rogers, J., Oakes, T. R., & Davidson, R. J. (2008). The serotonin transporter genotype is associated with intermediate brain phenotypes that depend on the context of the eliciting stressor. Molecular Psychiatry 13, 1021–1027; doi:10.1038/mp.2008.37. PMCID: PMC2785009

Kelley, D. J., Bhattacharyya, A., Lahvis, G. P., Yin, J. C. P., Malter, J., & Davidson, R. J. (2008). The cyclic AMP phenotype of fragile X and autism. Neuroscience & Biobehavioral Reviews 32(8):1533-43. PMCID: PMC1976557

Kelley, D. J., Oakes, T. R., Greischar, L. L., Chung, M. K., Ollinger, J. M., Alexander, A. L., Shelton, S. E., Kalin, N. H., & Davidson, R. J. (2008). Automatic physiological waveform processing for fMRI noise correction and analysis. PLoS ONE 3 (3), e1751. doi:10.1371/journal.pone.0001751 PMCID: PMC2268243

Kelley, D. J., Davidson, R. J., & Nelson, D. L. (2008). An imaging roadmap for biology education: From nanoparticles to whole organisms. CBE-Life Sciences Education, 7, 202-9. PMCID: PMC2424305

Kern, S., Oakes, T. R., Stone, C. K., McAuliff, E. M., Kirschbaum, C., & Davidson, R. J. (2008). Glucose metabolic changes in the prefrontal cortex are associated with HPA axis response to a psychosocial stressor. Psychoneuroendocrinology, 33, 517-529. PMCID: PMC2601562

Khalsa, S. S., Rudrauf, D., Damasio, A. R., Davidson, R. J., Lutz, A., & Tranel, D. (2008). Interoceptive awareness in experienced meditators. Psychophysiology, 45(4), 671-7. DOI: 10.1111/j.1469-8986.2008.00666.x PMCID: PMC2637372.

Lutz, A., Brefczynski-Lewis, J. A., Johnstone, T., & Davidson, R. J. (2008). Regulation of the neural circuitry of emotion by compassion meditation: Effects of expertise. PLoS One 3(3), e1897. doi:10.1371/journal.pone.0001897. PMCID: PMC2267490

Lutz, A., Slagter, H. A., Dunne, J., & Davidson, R. J. (2008). Attention regulation and monitoring in meditation. Trends in Cognitive Sciences 12 (4), 163-169. PMCID: PMC2693206

Putnam, K. M., Pizzagalli, D. A., Gooding, D. C., Kalin, N.H., & Davidson, R. J. (2008). Neural activity and diurnal variation of cortisol: Evidence from brain electrical tomography analysis and relevance to anhedonia. Psychophysiology 45(6) 886-95. PMCID: PMC2785006

Salomons, T. V., Coan, J. A., Hunt, S. M., Backonja, M. M., & Davidson, R. J. (2008). Voluntary facial displays of pain increase suffering in response to nociceptive stimulation. The Journal of Pain, 9(5), 443-48. doi:10.1016/j.jpain.2008.01.330 PMCID: PMC2670427

Whalen P. J., Johnstone T., Somerville L. H., Nitschke J. B., Polis S., Alexander A., Davidson R. J. & Kalin N. (2008). A functional MRI predictor of treatment response to venlafaxine in generalized anxiety disorder. Biological Psychiatry 2008 May 1;63(9):858-63. [epub ahead of print at doi:10.1016/j.biopsych.2007.08.019] PMCID: PMC2654286

Zhang, C., Lu, Y., Johnstone, T., Oakes, T., & Davidson, R. J. (2008). Efficient modeling and inference for event-related fMRI data. Computational Statistics and Data Analysis, 52(10), 4859-71. (Accepted March 31 ,2008)

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