Research Overview

Our research is centered on the neural basis of social and affective behavior. In particular, we focus on the role of the amygdala in the perception and evaluation of affective and social stimuli and the elaboration of species specific emotional behaviors. Our work is guided by the principle that we can learn more about the neurophysiology of affect and social cognition from experiments that use naturalistic, ethologically valid stimuli, and from monitoring neural activity in conjunction with autonomic measures. This approach closes the brain-body loop and considers emotions as coordinated brain-body states.