Rob Chavez

March 19th, 2015

I am a fifth year graduate student in the Heatherton Lab.  I’m interested in the neuroscience of human social cognition from an evolutionarily informed perspective.  My current research focuses on evaluative social and self-referential cognition, white matter contributions to individual differences, and multimodal neuroimaging integration in social neuroscience.  I’m funded by the NSF’s Graduate Research Fellowship Program.


Chavez, R.S., & Heatherton, T.F. (2015). Multimodal frontostriatal connectivity underlies individual differences in self-esteem. Social Cognitive and Affective Neuroscience, 10(3), pp. 364-370. doi: 10.1093/scan/nsu063. {PDF}

Chavez, R.S., & Heatherton, T.F. (2015). Representational similarity of social and valence information in the medial prefrontal cortex. Journal of Cognitive Neuroscience, 27(1), pp. 73-82. doi: 10.1162/jocn_a_00697. {PDF}

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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