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(615) 343-6076
325 Wilson Hall

Research Area

  • Clinical Science
  • Cognition and Cognitive Neuroscience
  • Education

    Ph.D., University of Minnesota, 1997

    B.A., University of Michigan, 1989

    Current Courses

    • Personality
    • Clinical Neuropsychology
    • Neuroscience Honors and Directed Study


    Will not be accepting new graduate students for Fall 2017

    David H. Zald

    Professor of Psychology and Psychiatry
    Director Interdisciplinary Neuroscience Program for Undergraduates

    David Zald uses functional neuroimaging and neuropsychological techniques to examine and map the cognitive, affective and sensory functions of the orbitofrontal cortex, amygdala and the mesolimbic dopamine system. This work particularly focuses on understanding the manner in which individual differences in the functioning of these systems contributes to personality and risk for psychopathology. In recent years this work has examined the interaction of emotion and attention, and the substrates of economic decision making, particularly as it relates to motivation, the willingness to expend effort and reward processing, both in healthy indvdiduals and people with certain forms of psychopathology.   A final area of focus is the examination of the neural substrates of dimensions of psychopathology, specifically factors of psychopathology that cross the boundaries of different psychiatric disorders.

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