Jim Coan Research Paper

James A. Coan

Primary Appointment

Associate Professor, Psychology


  • BS, Psychology, University of Washington
  • MA, Clinical Psychology, University of Arizona
  • Postdoc, Affective Neuroscience, University of Wisconsin-Madison
  • PhD, Psychology, University of Arizona

Contact Information

Gilmer Hall, Dept. Psychology
Charlottesville, VA 22908
Telephone: 434-982-4763
Email: jac3zt@virginia.edu
Website: https://pages.shanti.virginia.edu/Benjamin_A_Converse/

Research Interests

Neuroscience of Emotional Expression and Individual Emotion-Regulation Capabilities

Research Description

I am interested in the neuroscience of emotional expression and individual emotion-regulation capabilities, as well as the social regulation of neural processes underlying emotional responses. These interests are necessarily multidisciplinary, requiring a diversity tools and methods from observational behavior coding to electroencephalography (EEG) and functional magnetic resonance imaging (fMRI). Additional interests include research methodology (particularly with regard to laboratory emotion elicitation), and behavior genetics. <b><i>UNLEASH (Undergraduate Research)</b></i> Our research focuses on the neural bases of emotional behavior, regulation, and experience, including a particular interest in the social regulation of neural processes underlying emotional responses. These interests integrate a variety of tools and methods, including observational behavior coding to electroencephalography (EEG) to functional magnetic resonance imaging (fMRI). RAs are typically involved in a number of activities, including running experiments, entering and analyzing data, and completing literature searches. There tends to be an emphasis on learning about and utilizing psychophysiological methods. Contact: Andrea Coppola amc2dh@virginia.edu Website: www.affectiveneuroscience.org

Selected Publications

Dr. James Coan is Professor of Psychology and Director of the Virginia Affective Neuroscience Laboratory at the University of Virginia. Dr. Coan has consulted for clinicians, businesses and researchers, working with groups as diverse as the Oregon Social Learning Center, the Anna Freud Center, the Kurt Lewin Institute, and the Community of Democracies. He is co-editor of the Handbook of Emotion Elicitation and Assessment and has authored more than eighty peer-reviewed articles. His work has been covered in Science, Nature, the New York Times, The Washington Post, Time Magazine, the New Yorker, The Atlantic, NPRThe Today Show, and other major media outlets.  Dr. Coan received the inaugural Janet Taylor Spence Award for Transformative Early Career Contributions from the Association for Psychological Science, and the Award for Distinguished Early Career Contributions from the Society for Psychophysiological Research. He has appeared as an expert for several episodes of National Geographic’s Brain Games, is a fellow of the Mind and Life Institute, produces the podcast Circle of Willis, and serves as Chief Scientific Advisor at Movius Consulting.

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