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Richard J. Davidson, PhD

Richard J. Davidson’s 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 though old age and have included expert meditation practitioners as well as individuals with disorders of emotion. He is the recipient of numerous research awards including a National Institute of Mental Health Research Scientist Award, a MERIT Award from NIMH, an Established Investigator Award from the National Alliance for Research in Schizophrenia and Affective Disorders (NARSAD), a Distinguished Investigator Award from NARSAD, the William James Fellow Award from the American Psychological Society, and the Hilldale Award from the University of Wisconsin-Madison. In 2000 he received the Distinguished Scientific Contribution Award, the most distinguished award for science given by the American Psychological Association. In 2006 he was named one of the 100 most influential people in the world by Time Magazine. He is also Founding Co-Editor of the American Psychological Association journal EMOTION and is Past-President of the Society for Research in Psychopathology and of the Society for Psychophysiological Research.