Jennifer Silvers, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor, Psychology

Dr. Silvers studies the neural bases of emotion regulation in children, adolescents and young adults using functional neuroimaging methods. Her research is focused on how interactions between the lateral and ventromedial prefrontal cortex and subcortical structures involved in emotion and learning, such as the amygdala and ventral striatum, develop across the lifespan. Dr. Silvers and her lab are currently pursuing three lines of research. First, they are examining how prefrontal-subcortical interactions vary as a function of age and individual differences and how such variability relates to emotion regulatory ability. To do this work, Silvers employs neuroimaging and behavioral measures and examines age effects using cross-sectional and longitudinal approaches. Second, Silvers is assessing how parents influence the development of neural circuits involved in fear learning. This work is being done both by exploring the effects of parental deprivation in early in life (i.e., in children who were initially reared in orphanages) and also by testing how parents model fear and anxiety behavior for their children. Third, she is conducting work to examine how activation of brain regions involved in emotion generation and regulation during childhood may predict mental and physical health outcomes including obesity and anxiety.


A selected list of publications:

Silvers Jennifer A, Shu Jocelyn, Hubbard Alexa D, Weber Jochen, Ochsner Kevin N   Concurrent and lasting effects of emotion regulation on amygdala response in adolescence and young adulthood Developmental science, 2015; 18(5): 771-84.
Silvers Jennifer A, Weber Jochen, Wager Tor D, Ochsner Kevin N   Bad and worse: neural systems underlying reappraisal of high- and low-intensity negative emotions Social cognitive and affective neuroscience, 2015; 10(2): 172-9.
Silvers Jennifer A, Wager Tor D, Weber Jochen, Ochsner Kevin N   The neural bases of uninstructed negative emotion modulation Social cognitive and affective neuroscience, 2015; 10(1): 10-8.
Buhle Jason T, Silvers Jennifer A, Wager Tor D, Lopez Richard, Onyemekwu Chukwudi, Kober Hedy, Weber Jochen, Ochsner Kevin N   Cognitive reappraisal of emotion: a meta-analysis of human neuroimaging studies Cerebral cortex (New York, N.Y. : 1991), 2014; 24(11): 2981-90.
Silvers Jennifer A, Insel Catherine, Powers Alisa, Franz Peter, Weber Jochen, Mischel Walter, Casey B J, Ochsner Kevin N   Curbing craving: behavioral and brain evidence that children regulate craving when instructed to do so but have higher baseline craving than adults Psychological science, 2014; 25(10): 1932-42.
Silvers Jennifer A, McRae Kateri, Gabrieli John D E, Gross James J, Remy Katherine A, Ochsner Kevin N   Age-related differences in emotional reactivity, regulation, and rejection sensitivity in adolescence Emotion (Washington, D.C.), 2012; 12(6): 1235-47.
Ochsner Kevin N, Silvers Jennifer A, Buhle Jason T   Functional imaging studies of emotion regulation: a synthetic review and evolving model of the cognitive control of emotion Annals of the New York Academy of Sciences, 2012; 1251(6): E1-24.
Wallace Gregory L, Case Laura K, Harms Madeline B, Silvers Jennifer A, Kenworthy Lauren, Martin Alex   Diminished sensitivity to sad facial expressions in high functioning autism spectrum disorders is associated with symptomatology and adaptive functioning Journal of autism and developmental disorders, 2011; 41(11): 1475-86.
Wallace Gregory L, Silvers Jennifer A, Martin Alex, Kenworthy Lauren E   Brief report: Further evidence for inner speech deficits in autism spectrum disorders Journal of autism and developmental disorders, 2009; 39(12): 1735-9.
Silvers Jennifer A, Haidt Jonathan   Moral elevation can induce nursing Emotion (Washington, D.C.), 2008; 8(2): 291-5.