Rob Chavez

August 29th, 2013

I am a fourth year graduate student in PBS and joined the Heatherton Lab in 2011.  I’m interested in the neuroscience of human social cognition from an evolutionarily informed perspective.  My current research is focused on the nature of reward in perceptions of self and others, white matter contributions to social cognition, and MRI cross-modal integration in social neuroscience.  I’m funded by the NSF’s Graduate Research Fellowship Program.


Jung, R.E., Chavez, R.S., Flores, R.A., Qualls, C.R., Sibbitt, W., & Roldan, C.A. (2012). White matter correlates of neuropsychological dysfunction in systemic lupus erythematosus. PLoS ONE, 7(1).

Jung, R.E., Caprihan, A., Chavez, R.S., Flores, R.A., Sharrar, J., Qualls, C.R., Sibbitt, W., & Roldan, C.A. (2010). Diffusion tensor imaging in neuropsychiatric systemic lupus erythematosus, BMC Neurology, 10(65), 1-9.

Arden, R., Chavez, R.S., Grazioplene, R., Jung, R.E. (2010) Neuroimaging creativity: A psychometric view. Behavioural Brain Research, 214(2), 143-156.

Jung, R.E., Segall, J.M., Bockholt, H.J., Flores, R.A., Smith, S.M., Chavez, R.S., & Haier, R.J. (2010). Neuroanatomy of creativity. Human Brain Mapping, 31(3), 398-409.

Jung, R.E., Grazioplene, R.G., Caprihan, A., Chavez, R.S., & Haier, R.J. (2010). White matter integrity, creativity, and psychopathology: Disentangling constructs with diffusion tensor imaging. PLoS ONE, 5(3).

Filbey, F.M., Schacht, J.P., Myers, U.S., Chavez, R.S., & Hutchison, K.E. (2009). Individual and additive effects of the CNR1 and FAAH genes on brain response to marijuana cues. Neuropsychopharmacology, 35, 967-975.

Filbey, F.M., Schacht, J.P., Myers, U.S., Chavez, R.S., & Hutchison, K.E. (2009). Marijuana craving in the brain. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, 106 (41), 13016-13021.

Jung, R.E., Gasparovic, C., Chavez, R.S., Barrow, R.A., Smith, S.M., Caprihan, A., & Yeo, R.A. (2009). Biochemical support for the “threshold” theory of creativity: A magnetic resonance spectroscopy study. Journal of Neuroscience, 29(16), 5319-5325.

Jung, R.E., Gasparovic, C., Chavez, R.S., Caprihan, A., Barrow, R., & Yeo, R.A. (2009). Imaging intelligence with proton magnetic resonance spectroscopy,Intelligence, 37(2), 192-198.

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