Andrew S. Fox, Ph.D.
Neuroscience and Behavior Unit
Department of Psychology
University of California, Davis
Our emotions motivate our actions and define our interactions with others. In this way, emotional tendencies define much of who we are now and who we are going to be in the future. Dr. Fox aims to understand the neurobiology of “emotional style.”
Why do some people callously abuse other people, while some become overwhelmed with empathy? Why are some people afraid to leave their house, while others enjoy the feeling of danger? Understanding the biology that underlies dispositional anxiety could allow for specific interventions to relieve anxiety disorders and reduce suffering of anxious individuals.
To answer these questions, the Fox lab uses a translational affective neuroscience approach, and embraces principles of innovation, integration, and collaboration.