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Brian Knutson, PhD   Download vCard
Associate Professor of Psychology and Stanford Health Policy Associate

Department of Psychology
470 Jordan Hall
Stanford University
Stanford, CA 94305-2130
(650) 723-7431 (voice)
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Research Interests
the neural basis of emotional experience and expression, explored through methods including self-report, measurement of nonverbal behavior, psychopharmacology, and functional brain imaging

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Brian Knutson is an assistant professor of psychology and neuroscience at Stanford University, and a CHP/PCOR associate. His research focuses on the neural basis of emotional experience and expression. He investigates this topic with a number of methods including self-report, measurement of nonverbal behavior, comparative ethology, psychopharmacology, and functional brain imaging. His long-term goal is to understand the neurochemical and neuroanatomical mechanisms responsible for emotional experience and to explore the implications of these findings for the assessment and treatment of clinical disorders of affect and addiction, as well as economic behavior.

Knutson has received Young Investigator Awards from the National Alliance for Research on Schizophrenia and Depression, the Association for Behavioral Medicine Research, the American Psychiatric Association, and the New York Academy of Science. He received BA degrees in experimental psychology and comparative religion from Trinity University, a PhD in experimental psychology from Stanford, and has conducted postdoctoral research in affective neuroscience at UC-San Francisco and at the National Institutes of Health.

News around the web

Stanford researchers predict long-term personal finances in the lab
A Stanford neuro-economics study led by Stanford psychology and neuroscience Associate Professor Brian Knutson shows that a simple kind of learning, supported by our emotional responses, is surprisingly good at predicting real-world financial success.
September 19, 2011 in Stanford University News

Dalai Lama and Stanford researchers explore science of compassion and altruism
Stanford psychologist and neuroscientist Brian Knutson, PhD, started the conversation with a review of his work using fMRI to identify pathways involved in ...
October 16, 2010 in Scope (blog)

MRI scans show brain's response to actions of others in Stanford study
"The test demonstrates that what people do doesn't really matter all the time," said Brian Knutson, an associate professor of psychology and neuroscience ...
August 11, 2010 in Stanford University News