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Functions of the Orbitofrontal Cortex and Amygdala

David Zald
Cornelius Vanderbilt Professor of Psychology Professor of Psychiatry
Director of the Interdisciplinary Program in Neuroscience for Undergraduates
Director of the Affective Neuroscience Laboratory
325 Wilson Hall
615-343-6076 (office)
david.zald@vanderbilt.edu

My research program utilizes functional neuroimaging and neuropsychological techniques to elucidate and map the cognitive, affective, and sensory functions of paralimbic and limbic regions. This work particularly focuses on the functions of the orbitofrontal cortex and amygdala. Related areas of interest include object working memory, the chemical senses, social judgment, hedonic processing, and the biological underpinnings of the anxiety disorders. A separate area of inquiry involves the relationship of dopamine and serotonin to emotional experience and reward processing in humans.

For more information, please visit the lab website.