Christine Larson


Dr. Larson will recruit new graduate students for Fall 2024 admissions for the Clinical and Neuroscience PhD programs.

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Ph.D., University of Wisconsin-Madison, 2003

Research Interests:

My laboratory, the Affective Neuroscience Laboratory, is dedicated to understanding the neural bases of healthy and pathological emotional processing.  Currently, my research program is focused primarily on characterizing individual differences in emotional and cognitive processing that confer risk for mental health concerns following trauma in adults and youth. We also investigate socioenvironmental factors such as neighborhood disadvantage and racial discrimination, and how these factors are related to risk for PTSD and individual differences in neural circuitry for emotion regulation. We conduct this work as part of a multi-institutional research team, the Milwaukee Trauma Outcomes Project ( Our lab also collaborates with Dr. Hanjoo Lee to examine the impact of response inhibition training on neural circuitry supporting response inhibition among individuals with obsessive compulsive related disorders.  We use neuroimaging, psychophysiological, behavioral, and self-report tools to examine these questions.

Courses Taught:

Psych 412: Psychopathology
Psych 611: The Science of Human Emotions
Psych 912: Developmental Psychopathology

Selected Publications

Huggins, A. A., Harvey, A. M., Miskovich, T. A., Lee, H. J., & Larson, C. L.(2020) Resting-state functional connectivity of supplementary motor area associated with skin-picking symptom severity.JOURNAL OF OBSESSIVE-COMPULSIVE AND RELATED DISORDERS, 26.
Lotfi, S. , Ward, R. T., Ayazi, M. , Bennett, K. P., Larson, C. L., & Lee, H. (2020) The Effects of Emotional Working Memory Training on Worry Symptoms and Error-Related Negativity of Individuals with High Trait Anxiety: A Randomized Controlled Study.COGNITIVE THERAPY AND RESEARCH.
Belleau, E. L., Pedersen, W. S., Miskovich, T. A., Helmstetter, F. J., & Larson, C. L.(2018) Cortico-limbic connectivity changes following fear extinction and relationships with trait anxiety.SOCIAL COGNITIVE AND AFFECTIVE NEUROSCIENCE, 13(10), 1037-1046.
Bennett, K. P., Dickmann, J. S., & Larson, C. L.(2018) If or when? Uncertainty's role in anxious anticipation.PSYCHOPHYSIOLOGY, 55(7).
Weis, C. , Belleau, E. L., Pedersen, W. S., Miskovich, T. A., & Larson, C. L.(2018) Structural connectivity of the posterior cingulum is related to re-experiencing symptoms in PTSD.Chronic Stress, 2, 1-9.
Pedersen, W. S., Balderston, N. L., Miskovich, T. A., Belleau, E. L., Helmstetter, F. J., & Larson, C. L.(2017) Disentangling the effects of stimulus novelty and affective valence in the amygdala, hippocampus, and bed nucleus of the stria terminalis.Social, Cognitive, and Affective Neuroscience., 12(5), 748-757.
Stout, D. M., Shackman, A. J., Pedersen, W. S., Miskovich, T. A., & Larson, C. L.(2017) Neural circuitry governing anxious individuals' mis-allocation of working memory to threat.SCIENTIFIC REPORTS, 7.
Belleau, E. , Taubitz, L. E., & Larson, C. L.(2015) Imbalance of default mode and regulatory networks during externally-focused processing in depression.Social, Cognitive, & Affective Neuroscience, 10(5), 744-751.
Stout, D. , Shackman, A. J., Johnson, J. , & Larson, C. L.(2015) Worry is associated with impaired gating of threat from working memory.Emotion, 15, 6-11.
Stout, D. M., Shackman, A. J., & Larson, C. L.(2013) Failure to filter: Anxious individuals show inefficient gating of threat from working memory.Frontiers in Human Neuroscience, 7.
Larson, C. L., Baskin-Sommers, A. R., Stout, D. M., Balderston, N. L., Schultz, D. H., Curtin, J. J., Kiehl, K. A., & Newman, J. P.(2013) The interplay of attention and emotion: Top-down attention modulates amygdala activation in psychopathy.Cognitive, Affective, & Behavioral Neuroscience, 13, 757-770.
Larson, C. L., Aronoff, J. , Sarinopoulos, I. C., & Zhu, D. C.(2009) Recognizing threat: Simple geometric shapes activate neural circuitry underlying threat detection.Journal of Cognitive Neuroscience, 21, 1523-1535.
Larson, C. L., Aronoff, J. , Stearns, J. , & (2007) The shape of threat: Simple geometric forms evoke rapid and sustained capture of attention.Emotion, 7, 526-534.
Larson, C. L., Schaefer, H. S., Siegle, G. J., Cory, J. A., Anderle, M. J., & Davidson, R. J.(2006) Fear is fast in phobic individuals: Amygdala activation in response to fear-relevant stimuli.Biological Psychiatry, 60, 410-417.
Davidson, R. J., Putnam, K. M., Larson, C. L., , & (2000) Dysfunction in the neural circuitry of emotion regulation—A possible prelude to violence.Science, 289, 591-594.