Ryan Smith is a postdoctoral fellow. He received his Bachelor’s degree in Psychology from Arizona State University, followed by Master’s degree in Neuroscience from the University of Arizona. He then completed both a second Master’s degree in Philosophy and a Ph.D. in Psychology from the University of Arizona as well. Ryan’s major interests include the neural/computational basis of 1) conscious vs. unconscious mental processes, 2) emotion and emotion-related disorders, and 3) the ability to understand and use social/emotional information about self and other in rational, deliberative decision-making. His past neuroimaging work has focused on the interactions between attention, emotional reactivity, and cardiac vagal control in both healthy individuals and those with Major Depression, as well as the influence of antidepressant medication on these variables. His theoretical work has involved the proposal of multiple theories, including a theory of understanding, a theory of the relation between entropy and time perception, and a theory of the neurocomputational determinants of one’s own emotional state. His current projects are focused on the related topics of emotional working memory and emotional intelligence.
Smith, R., R. D. Lane, A. Alkozei, J. Bao, C. Smith, A. Sanova, M. Nettles, and W. D. S. Killgore, "Maintaining the feelings of others in working memory is associated with activation of the left anterior insula and left frontal-parietal control network.", Soc Cogn Affect Neurosci, 2017 Feb 01. PMID: 28158779
Alkozei, A., R. Smith, M. D. Kotzin, D. L. Waugaman, and W. D. S. Killgore, "The Association Between Trait Gratitude and Self-Reported Sleep Quality Is Mediated by Depressive Mood State.", Behav Sleep Med, pp. 1-9, 2017 Jan 27. PMID: 28128978
Smith, R., A. Alkozei, R. D. Lane, and W. D. S. Killgore, "Unwanted reminders: The effects of emotional memory suppression on subsequent neuro-cognitive processing.", Conscious Cogn, vol. 44, pp. 103-13, 2016 Aug. PMID: 27474869
Smith, R., and R. D. Lane, "Unconscious emotion: A cognitive neuroscientific perspective.", Neurosci Biobehav Rev, vol. 69, pp. 216-38, 2016 Oct. PMID: 27522011
Smith, R., L. C. Baxter, J. F. Thayer, and R. D. Lane, "Disentangling introspective and exteroceptive attentional control from emotional appraisal in depression using fMRI: A preliminary study.", Psychiatry Res, vol. 248, pp. 39-47, 2016 Feb 28. PMID: 26805672