Unless otherwise noted, colloquia will be held from 3 to 4:30 p.m. Modern Languages Bldg., Room 311. Light refreshments will be served before the colloquium.

Fall 2018
Friday, December 14, 2018
Alex Shackman, The University of Maryland
The Neurobiology of Dispositional Negativity
Dispositional negativity—the tendency to experience and express more frequent, intense, or persistent negative affect—is a fundamental dimension of childhood temperament and adult personality. Individuals endowed with a more anxious, neurotic, or inhibited disposition are at risk for a wide range of adverse outcomes, from divorce to depression, imposing a staggering burden on public health and wealth, and drawing the attention of clinicians, researchers, and public policy makers. Yet, the neural systems underlying trait-like individual differences in dispositional negativity have only recently started to come into focus. Here, I will highlight data gleaned from studies of adults, children, and monkeys. Using a combination of approaches from neuroendocrine assays and genetic analyses to smartphone-based experience sampling and multimodal neuroimaging—this work provides fresh insights into the neural circuits underlying key features of the dispositional negativity phenotype and their relevance to psychopathology. More broadly, these observations provide an integrative framework for understanding how fearful and anxious states and traits are organized in the brain, for conceptualizing the development of emotional disorders, and for guiding the development of improved intervention strategies.
Shackman, A. J., & Fox, A. S. (2016). Contributions of the central extended amygdala to fear and anxiety. Journal of Neuroscience, 36, 8050-8063.
Shackman, A. J., Tromp, D. P. M., Stockbridge, M. D., Kaplan, C. M., Tillman, R. M., & Fox, A. S. (2016). Dispositional negativity: An integrative psychological and neurobiological perspective. Psychological Bulletin, 142, 1275-1314.
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Spring 2019
Friday, January 11, 2019
Phil Hammack, The University of California--Santa Cruz
The 21st Century Revolution in Gender and Sexual Identity
Friday, January 25, 2019 Carmela Alcantara, Columbia
Friday, February 1, 2019 Jessica Burris, The University of Kentucky
Friday, February 8, 2019 LaBarron Hill, Duke
Friday, March 15, 2019 Lori Markson, Washington University
Friday, March 22, 2019 Buju Dasgupta, The University of Massachusetts
Friday, March 29, 2019 Daniel Taylor, The University of North Texas
Friday, April 26, 2019
Emily Bianchi, Emory
From Individualism to Racial Attitudes: Some Psychological Implications of Recessions