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.

recent publications

  • Kovner R, Fox AS, French DA, Roseboom PH, Oler JA, Fudge JL, Kalin NH (2019). Somatostatin Gene and Protein Expression in the Non-human Primate Central Extended Amygdala. Neuroscience. In Press

  • Tromp DPM, Williams LE, Fox AS, Oler JA, Roseboom PH, Rogers GM, Benson BE, Alexander AL, Pine DS, Kalin NH (2019). Uncinate Fasciculus Microstructure in Childhood Anxiety Disorders is Altered in Boys but not Girls. American Journal of 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.

    Meet Ned Kalin

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    Mental illnesses exact a terrible toll on people, through lives lost to suicide, drug abuse and other maladaptive coping mechanisms. More than one quarter of Americans will suffer a diagnosable mental illness in their lifetime, and the most common of these are mood and anxiety disorders. As a memeber of the Kalin lab, I am always happy to see Dr. Kalin present some of the rationale and hope that our research brings.

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    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