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Emotional disorders expert to speak at Vanderbilt Kennedy Center

Apr. 19, 2005, 11:03 AM

NASHVILLE, Tenn. ñ Richard Davidson, a psychologist who studies adults
and young children who have or are at risk for emotional disorders,
autism and other developmental disorders, will speak at the Vanderbilt
Kennedy Center for Research on Human Development on Thursday, April 21,
at 4 p.m.

Davidson is Vilas Professor of Psychology and Psychiatry and director
of the W.M. Keck Laboratory and Laboratory of Affective Neuroscience at
the University of Wisconsin-Madison. He uses brain-imagining methods to
investigate the function of certain brain regions and how emotion is
regulated in the brain. He also examines the biological impact of
meditation.

Davidson is the recipient of numerous research awards, including a
National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH) Research Scientist Award, an
NIMH MERIT Award and an Established Investigator Award from the
National Alliance for Research in Schizophrenia and Affective
Disorders. In 2000, he received the Distinguished Scientific
Contribution Award, the most prestigious award given by the American
Psychological Association recognizing lifetime achievement.

Davidson‘s lecture will take place at the Vanderbilt Kennedy Center/MRL
Building Room 241. The lecture is free and open to the public.

The Vanderbilt Kennedy Center is a national center for research on
development and developmental disabilities. For more information,
contact Stephanie Comer at 615- 322-8240.

Media contacts: Stephanie Comer, (615) 322-8240
stephanie.comer@vanderbilt.edu

Melanie Catania, (615) 322-NEWS
melanie.moran@vanderbilt.edu

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