Soc Cogn Affect Neurosci 2016 Jan 8;11(1):182-90. Epub 2014 Apr 8.
Department of Psychiatry, University of California, San Diego, CA, USA, Warfighter Performance Department, Navel Health Research Center, San Diego, CA, USA.
Download full-text PDF
Am J Psychiatry 2014 Aug;171(8):844-53
Objective: Military deployment can have profound effects on physical and mental health. Few studies have examined whether interventions prior to deployment can improve mechanisms underlying resilience. Mindfulness-based techniques have been shown to aid recovery from stress and may affect brain-behavior relationships prior to deployment. Read More
Biol Psychol 2016 Jan 28;113:37-45. Epub 2015 Nov 28.
Psychiatry Department, University of California, San Diego, 9500 Gilman Drive, La Jolla, CA 92093-0603, USA; Veterans Affairs San Diego Healthcare System, 3350 La Jolla Village Drive, San Diego, CA 92161, USA. Electronic address:
This study examined neural processes of resilience during aversive interoceptive processing. Forty-six individuals were divided into three groups of resilience Low (LowRes), high (HighRes), and normal (NormRes), based on the Connor-Davidson Resilience Scale (2003). Participants then completed a task involving anticipation and experience of loaded breathing during functional magnetic resonance imaging (fMRI) recording. Read More
Neuroimage 2016 Sep 4;138:274-283. Epub 2016 Jun 4.
Wellcome Trust Centre for Neuroimaging, University College London, London WC1N 3BG, UK; Human Neuroimaging Laboratory, Virginia Tech Carilion Research Institute, Roanoke, VA 24016, UK. Electronic address:
Emotions have been shown to exert influences on decision making during economic exchanges. Here we investigate the underlying neural mechanisms of a training regimen which is hypothesized to promote emotional awareness, specifically mindfulness training (MT). We test the hypothesis that MT increases cooperative economic decision making using fMRI in a randomized longitudinal design involving 8weeks of either MT or active control training (CT). Read More
Hum Brain Mapp 2009 Sep;30(9):2731-45
Division of Brain, Imaging and Behavior-Systems Neuroscience, Toronto Western Research Institute, University Health Network, Toronto, Canada.
The insula and cingulate cortices are implicated in emotional, homeostatic/allostatic, sensorimotor, and cognitive functions. Non-human primates have specific anatomical connections between sub-divisions of the insula and cingulate. Specifically, the anterior insula projects to the pregenual anterior cingulate cortex (pACC) and the anterior and posterior mid-cingulate cortex (aMCC and pMCC); the mid-posterior insula only projects to the posterior MCC (pMCC). Read More