Adam Anderson, Ph.D

Associate Professor of Psychology

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I received my B.A. in cognitive science at Vassar College, doctoral training in cognitive psychology at Yale University, and post-doctoral training in cognitive neuroscience at Stanford University. I joined the Cognition, Perception and Cognitive Neuroscience area of the Psychology Department at the University of Toronto in 2003 where I hold the Canada Research Chair in Cognitive and Affective Neuroscience.

I have served on the editorial boards of Psychological Science, the Journal of Experimental Psychology: General, Emotion, Cognitive Affective and Behavioral Neuroscience, and am on the founding editorial board of (SCAN, Social Cognitive and Affective Neuroscience) a journal dedicated to the new rapidly growing field of social cognitive neuroscience. I presently serve as Associate editor for the journal Emotion.

In 2009, I was awarded with the APA Early Career Award for Distinguished Scientific Contributions in cognitive and behavioral neuroscience. Click here to read my award biography. In 2010, I received the Young Investigator Award by the Cognitive Neuroscience Society.

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Affective Neuroscience

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Our research explores the psychological and neural underpinnings of the emotions, from their facial and physiological expression to their interactions with cognitive processes such as attention and memory.

  • Steidl, S., Razik, F., & Anderson, A.K. (in press). Emotion enhances remote retention of cognitive skill learning. Emotion.

  • Farb N.A., Segal, Z.V., Anderson, A.K. (In press). Attentional Modulation of Primary Interoceptive and Exteroceptive Cortices. Cerebral Cortex.
  • Farb, N.A.S., Segal, Z.V. & Anderson, A.K. (In Press). Towards a Neuroimaging Biomarker of Depression Vulnerability. Translational Neuroscience.

  • Farb, N.A.S., Segal, Z.V., & Anderson, A.K. (In Press). The Mindful Brain and Emotion Regulation. Canadian Journal of Psychiatry.

  • Kron, A., Pilkiw, M., Goldstein, A., Lee, D.H., Gardhouse, K., & Anderson, A.K. (Under revision). Spending one’s time: The hedonic principle in ad libitum viewing of pictures. Emotion.
  • Melo, H. and Anderson, A K. (Forthcoming) The function of positive emotions in exploration.
  • Chapman, H.A., Johannes, K., Poppenk, J.L., Moscovitch, M. & Anderson, A.K. (In press). Evidence for the differential salience of disgust and fear in episodic memory. Journal of Experimental Psychology: General.
  • Niu, Y., Todd, R. M., & Anderson A.K. (in press). Affective salience can reverse the effects of stimulus-driven salience on eye movements in complex scenes. Frontiers in Emotion Science.
  • Lee, D.H., Mirza, R., Flanagan, J.G., & Anderson, A.K. (2014). Optical origins of opposing facial expression actions. Psychological Science, 25, 745-752.
  • Todd, R.M., Mueller, D., Lee, D.H., Robertson, A., Eaton, T., Freeman, N., Palombo, D.J., Levine, B., & Anderson, A.K. (2013). Genes for emotion enhanced remembering are linked to enhanced perceiving. Psychological Science, 24, 2244-2253.
  • Chapman, H.A. & Anderson, A.K. (2013). Things rank and gross in nature: A review and synthesis of moral disgust. Psychological Bulletin, 139, 300-327.

  • Kron, A., Goldstein, A., Lee, D.H., Gardhouse, K., & Anderson, A.K. (2013). How are you feeling? Revisiting the quantification of emotional qualia. Psychological Science, 24, 1503-1511.
  • Lee, D.H., Susskind, J.M., & Anderson A.K. (2013). Social transmission of the sensory benefits of fear eye-widening. Psychological Science, 24, 957-965.
  • Syal, S. and Anderson, A. K., (2012) It takes two to talk: A second-person neuroscience approach to language learning. Commentary on Schilbach et al., “Towards a second-person neuroscience”, Behavioral and Brain Sciences [in press]
  • Yaqing Niu, Rebecca M. Todd and Adam K. Anderson (2012), “Effects of emotional salience can reverse the effects of stimulus-driven salience on eye movements in complex scenes,” Special Issue on The Impact of Emotion on Cognition — Dissociating between Enhancing and Impairing Effects, Frontiers in Psychology, (in preparation)
  • Chapman, H.A. & Anderson, A.K. (2012). Understanding disgust. Annals of the New York Academy of Sciences: The Year in Cognitive Neuroscience. 1251, 62-76.

  • Todd, R. M., Talmi, D., Schmitz, T., Susskind, J., & Anderson, A. K. (2012). Psychophysical and neural evidence for emotion enhanced perceptual vividness, Journal of Neuroscience.
  • Niu, Y., Todd, R. M., Kyan, M., & Anderson A.K. (2012). Visual saliency and emotional salience influence eye movements. ACM Transactions on Applied Perception.
  • Todd, R. M., Cunningham, W. A., Anderson, A. K., & Thompson, E. (2012). Affect-biased attention as emotion regulation. Trends in Cognitive Sciences, 16 (7), 365-372
  • Todd, R. M. & Anderson, A. K. (in press). Salience, state, and expression: The influence of specific aspects of emotion on attention. In K. Ochsner and S.M. Kosslyn (Eds.) Oxford Handbook of Cognitive Neuroscience. New York: Oxford University Press.
  • Todd, R. M., Palombo, D., Levine, B., Anderson, A. K. (2011). Genetic differences in emotionally enhanced memory, Neuropsychologia, 49(4), 734-744.
  • Chapman, H.A. & Anderson, A.K. (2011). Varieties of moral emotional experience. Emotion Review, 3, 255-257.

  • Chapman, H.A. & Anderson, A.K. (2011). Response to commentary by Royzman and Kurzban. Emotion Review, 3, 272-273.

  • Menon M, Schmitz TW, Anderson AK, Graff A, Korostil M, Mamo D, Gerretsen P, Addington J, Remington G, Kapur S. (2011). Exploring the neural correlates of delusions of reference. Biological Psychiatry, 70, 1127-33.
  • Farb N.A., Anderson A.K., Bloch RT, Segal ZV. (2011). Mood-linked responses in medial prefrontal cortex predict relapse in patients with recurrent unipolar depression. Biological Psychiatry, 70(4): 366-72.

  • Riggs, L., McQuiggan, D.A., Farb, N., Anderson, A.K., & Ryan, J.D. (2011). The role of overt attention in emotion modulated memory. Emotion, 11(4): 776-85

  • West. G., Anderson A.K., Ferber S., Pratt J. (2011). Electrophysiological evidence for biased competition in V1 for fear expressions. Journal of Cognitive Neuroscience, 23(11):3410-8

  • Steidl S, Razik F, Anderson A.K. (2011). Emotion enhanced retention of cognitive skill learning. Emotion, 11(1):12-9.

  • Agrafioti, F., Hatzinakos, D., & Anderson, A.K. (2011). ECG Pattern Analysis for Emotion Detection. Affective Computing, IEEE Transactions on, 2(3). [view pdf]

  • West, G., Anderson, A.K., Bedwell, J. S., & Pratt, J. (2010). Red diffuse light suppresses the accelerated perception of fear. Psychological Science, 22, 2. [view pdf]

  • Farb, N.A., Anderson, A.K., Mayberg, H., Bean, J., McKeon D. & Segal, Z.V. (2010). Minding one's emotions: Mindfulness training alters the neural expression of sadness. Emotion 10(1): 25-34. [view pdf]

  • Anderson, A.K. & Segal, Z.V. Relapse and recurrence in major depressive disorder. Frontiers in neuroscience, 3(2): 273.

  • Riggs, L., McQuiggan, D.A., Anderson, A.K., and Ryan, J.D. (2010). Eye movement monitoring reveals differential influences of emotion on memory. Frontiers in Psychology: Emotion Science, Nov(1), 205:1-9.

  • Schmitz, T.W., De Rosa, E., & Anderson, A.K. (2009) Opposing influences of affective state valence on visual cortical encoding. Journal of Neuroscience,29:7199-7207. [view pdf]
  • Chapman, H.A., Kim, D.A. Susskind, J.M. & Anderson, A.K. (2009). In bad taste: Evidence for the oral origins of moral disgust. Science, 323, 1222-6.

  • Todd, R. M. & Anderson, A. K. (2009). Through the lens of emotion: Emotionality, arousal and attention in the amygdala. In E. Balcetis and G. D. Lassiter (Eds.), The social psychology of sight. Psychology Press.
  • Todd, R. M. & Anderson, A. K. (2009). The neurogenetics of remembering emotions past.  Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, USA, 106 (45): 18881-18882.
  • Todd, R. M. & Anderson, A. K. (2009). Six degrees of separation: The amygdala regulates social distance. Nature Neuroscience, 12 (10), 1-3.
  • Schmitz TW, De Rosa E, Anderson AK, (2009) Opposing influences of affective state valence on visual cortical encoding. Journal of Neuroscience, 29(22):7199-7207
  • West, G., Anderson, A., & Pratt, J. (2009) Motivationally significant stimuli show visual prior entry: Direct evidence for attentional capture. Journal of Experimental Psychology: Human Perception and Performance. [view pdf]

  • Aviezer, H., Ran, H., Ryan, J., Grady, C., *Susskind, J.M., Anderson, A., Moscovitch, M. Schlomo, B. (2008). Angry, Disgusted or Afraid? Studies on the Malleability of Facial Expression Perception.  Psychological Science, 19(7):724-732. [view pdf]
  • Botly, L.C. & De Rosa, E. (2008) A cross-speciesinvestigation of acetylcholine, attention, and feature binding. Psychological Science, 19, 1185-93. [view pdf]
  • Susskind, J.M., Lee, D.H., Cusi, A., Feiman, R., Grabski, W., and Anderson, A.K. (2008). Expressing fear enhances sensory acquisition. Nature Neuroscience, 11, 843-850.
  • Susskind, J.M., and Anderson, A.K. (2008). Facial expression form and function. Communicative and Integrative Biology 1(2).
  • Susskind, J.M., Hinton, G.E., Movellan, J.R., and Anderson, A.K. (2008). Generating Facial Expressions with Deep Belief Nets. in J. Or (ed.) Affective Computing, Focus on Emotion Expression, Synthesis and Recognition. I-TECH Education and Publishing. ISBN 978-3-902613-23-3.
  • Ellamil, M., Susskind, J.M., and Anderson, A.K. (2008). Examinations of identity invariance in facial expression adaptation. Cognitive, Affective, and Behavioral Neuroscience 8(3), p.273-281.
  • Aviezer, H., Ran, H., Ryan, J., Grady, C., Susskind, J.M., Anderson, A.K., and Moscovitch, M. (2008). Angry, Disgusted or Afraid? Studies on the Malleability of Facial Expression Perception. Psychological Science 19(1), p.724-732.
  • *Rowe G, *Hirsh JB, Anderson AK. (2007). Positive affect increases the breadth of attentional selection. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, 104(1):383-8. [view pdf]
  • Susskind, J.M., Littlewort, G., Bartlett, M.S., Movellan, J.R., and Anderson, A.K. (2007). Human and computer recognition of facial expressions of emotion. Neuropsychologia 45(1), p. 152-162.
  • Farb, N.A.S., Segal, Z.V., Mayberg, H., Bean, J., McKeon, D., Fatima, Z., Anderson, A.K. (2007) Attending to the present: mindfulness meditation reveals distinct neural modes of self-reference. Social Cognitive and Affective Neuroscience, 2(4), 313-322.
  • Anderson, A.K. (2007). Feeling emotional: the amygdala links emotional perception and experience. Social, Cognitive and Affective Neuroscience, 2, 71-72.[view pdf]

  • Anderson, A.K., *Wais, P.E., Gabrieli, J.D.E. (2006). Emotion enhances remembrance of neutral events past. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, 103(5): 1599-1604. [view pdf]
  • Anderson, A.K., Yamaguchi, Y., Grabski, W., Lacka, D. (2006) Emotional memories are not all created equal: Evidence for selective memory enhancement. Learning & Memory 13:711-718. [view pdf]
  • Steidl, S., Mohi-Uddin, S., & Anderson, A.K. (2006). Effects of emotional arousal on multiple memory systems: Evidence from declarative and procedural learning. Learning & Memory, 13, 650-658.[view pdf]

  • Anderson, A.K. (2005). Affective influences on the attentional dynamics supporting awareness. Journal of Experimental Psychology: General, 134 (2), 258-281 [view pdf]
  • Anderson, A.K. (2005). Affective influences on the attentional dynamics supporting awareness. Journal of Experimental Psychology: General. 134 (2), 258-281. [view pdf]

  • Anderson, A.K., Christoff, K., Panitz, D.A., & De Rosa, E., & Gabrieli, J.D.E. (2003). Neural correlates of the automatic processing of threat facial signals. Journal of Neuroscience, 2; 23(13):5627-33. [view pdf]
  • Anderson A.K., Christoff K., Stappen I., Panitz D., Ghahremani D.G., Glover G., Gabrieli J.D., Sobel N. (2003). Dissociated neural representations of intensity and valence in human olfaction. Nature Neuroscience, 6(2):196-202. [view pdf]
  • Anderson, A.K. & Sobel, N. (2003). Dissociating intensity from valence as sensory inputs into emotion. Neuron, 39(4): 581-3. [view pdf]

  • Anderson, A.K., Christoff, K., Panitz, D.A., De Rosa, E., & Gabrieli, J.D.E. (2003). Neural correlates of the automatic processing of threat facial signals. Journal of Neuroscience, 2; 23(13):5627-33. [view pdf]

  • Anderson A.K., Christoff K., Stappen I., Panitz D., Ghahremani D.G., Glover G., Gabrieli J.D., Sobel N. (2003). Dissociated neural representations of intensity and valence in human olfaction. Nature Neuroscience, 6(2):196-202. [view pdf]

  • Anderson, A.K., & Phelps, E.A. (2001). Lesions of the human amygdala impair enhanced perception of emotionally salient events. Nature, 411, 305-309. [view pdf]
  • Anderson, A.K., & Phelps, E.A. (2001). Lesions of the human amygdala impair enhanced perception of emotionally salient events. Nature, 411, 305-309. [view pdf]

  • Olson, I.R., Chun, M.M., & Anderson, A.K. (2001). Effects of phonological length on the attentional blink for words. Journal of Experimental Psychology: Human Perception and Performance, 27: 1116-1123.

  • Anderson, A.K., & Phelps, E.A. (2000).  Expression without recognition: Contributions of the human amygdala to emotional communication. Psychological Science, 11, 106-111. [view pdf]
  • Anderson, A.K., Spencer, D.D., Fulbright, R.K., & Phelps, E.A. (2000). Contribution of the anteromedial temporal lobes to the evaluation of facial emotion. Neuropsychology, 14: 526-536. [view pdf]

  • Anderson, A.K. & Phelps, E.A. (2000). Perceiving emotion: There's more than meets the eye. Current Biology, 10: R551-R554. [view pdf]

  • Anderson, A.K., & Phelps, E.A. (2000). Expression without recognition: Contributions of the human amygdala to emotional communication. Psychological Science, 11, 106-111. [view pdf]

  • Adolphs, R., Tranel, D., Hamann, S., Young, A.W., Calder, A.J., Phelps, E.A., Anderson, A.K., Lee, G.P., & Damasio, A.R. (1999). Recognition of facial emotion in nine individuals with bilateral amygdala damage. Neuropsychologia, 37: 1111-1117. [view pdf]

  • Phelps, E.A., LaBar, K.S., Anderson, A.K., O'Connor, K.J., Fulbright, R.K. & Spencer, D.D. (1998). Specifying the contributions of the human amygdala to available emotional memory: A case study. Neurocase, 4: 527-540. [view pdf]

  • Anderson, A.K. & Phelps, E.A. (1998). Intact recognition of vocal expressions of fear following bilateral lesions of the amygdala. NeuroReport, 9: 3607-3613. [view pdf]]

  • Phelps, E.A. & Anderson, A.K. (1997). Emotional memory: What does the amygdala do? Current Biology, 7: R311-R314. [view pdf]