Fox Lab

Translational Affective Neuroscience

about me

I am a assistant professor in the Psychology Department at UC Davis. I study the neuroscience of social and emotional behavior in both humans and nonhuman primates. My research is focused on emotional and social decision-making and the development of social anxiety disorder. This page mostly consists of some tutorials and thoughts that I consider interesting. Feel free to contact me with questions or comments.

You can find me on google scholar and find my CV here.

I also lead the Python User Group (PUG) research cluster at the UC Davis DataLab.

recent publications

  • Tromp DPM, Fox AS, Oler JA, Alexander AL, Kalin NH (2019). The Relationship Between the Uncinate Fasciculus and Anxious Temperament Is Evolutionarily Conserved and Sexually Dimorphic. Biological Psychiatry. In Press

  • Fox AS*, Souaiaia T*, Oler JA, Kovner R, Mun J, Nguyen J, French DA, Riedel M, Fekete E, Rabska MR, Olsen ME, Brodsky EK, Alexander AL, Block WF, Roseboom PH, Knowles JA, Kalin NH (2019). Dorsal amygdala neurotrophin-3 decreases anxious temperament in primates. Biological Psychiatry. In Press

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    Fox Lab Mission

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    Our feelings play a big role in our lives. Feelings help us choose, motivate our actions, and define our interactions with others. In this way, emotional tendencies define who we are now and who we are going to be in the future.

    In the Fox lab, we want to understand the neurobiology of “affective style”.

    Joining the Fox Lab

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    The Fox lab is starting up at the University of California at Davis! We are looking for undergraduate, graduate, and post-doctoral team members.

    Researchers discover the brain origins of variation in pathological anxiety

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    New findings from nonhuman primates suggest that an overactive core circuit in the brain, and its interaction with other specialized circuits, accounts for the variability in symptoms shown by patients with severe anxiety. In a brain-imaging study published in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences (PNAS), researchers from the University of Wisconsin School of Medicine and Public Health describe work that for the first time provides an understanding of the root causes of clinical variability in anxiety disorders.

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    Featured in iSGTW

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    Some of my research was recently featured in international science grid this week (iSGTW), an international weekly online publication that covers distributed computing and the research it enables. In this article, they summarize some of the ideas that have motivated out labs efforts to understand the heritability of brian function in relation to individual differences in anxiety, and how we have accomplished this with the help of the open science grid (OSG).

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    Update: This research was just published in PNAS, see publications

    By using the tools provided by the OSG, we were able to use 231 years of computer time in under a month. As computing tools improve, our ability to ask questions that were previously untenable will only increase. This is an exciting time for sciece. :-D

    Visualizing the correlation of two volumes.

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    In neuroimaging, we often consider how a single variable affects every region of the brain, but rarely consider how these maps relate to each other. I wrote a little python code that lets me look that the correlation between two brain volumes.