Research Papers

Gaffey, A.E., Walsh, E.C., Ladd, C.O., Hoks, R.M., & Abercrombie, H.C. (2019). Alterations in systemic and cognitive glucocorticoid sensitivity in depression. Biological Psychiatry: Cognitive Neuroscience and Neuroimaging, 4(3), 310-320. PMCID: PMC6399042

Karstens, A.J., Korzun, I., Avery, E.T., Kassel, M.T., Keelan, R., Kales, H., Abercrombie, H., Eisenlohr-Moul, T., Langenecker, S.A., & Weisenbach, S. (2018). Examining HPA-axis functioning as a mediator of the relationship between depression and cognition across the adult lifespan. Aging, Neuropsychology, and Cognition. PMCID: PMC6329657

Frost, C.P., Meyerand, M.E., Birn, R.M., Hoks, R.M., Walsh, E.C., & Abercrombie, H.C. (2018). Childhood emotional abuse moderates associations among corticomotor white matter structure and stress neuromodulators in women with and without depression. Frontiers in Neuroscience, 12, 1-13. PMCID: PMC5925965

Philippi, C.L., Cornejo, M.D., Frost, C.P., Walsh, E.C., Hoks, R.M., Birn, R., & Abercrombie, H.C. (2018). Neural and behavioral correlates of negative self-focused thought associated with depression. Human Brain Mapping, 39(5), 2246-2257PMCID: PMC5895491

Martin, J.D., Abercrombie, H.C., Gilboa-Schechtman, E., & Niedenthal, P.M. (2018). Functionally distinct smiles elicit different physiological responses in an evaluative context. Scientific Reports, 8(1), 1-8. PMCID: PMC5832797

Abercrombie, H.C., Frost, C.P., Walsh, E.C., Hoks, R.M., Cornejo, M.D., Sampe, M.C., Gaffey, A.E., Plante, D.T., Ladd, C.O., & Birn, R.M. (2018). Neural signaling of cortisol, childhood emotional abuse, and depression-related memory bias. Biological Psychiatry: Cognitive Neuroscience and Neuroimaging, 3(3), 274-284. PMCID: PMC5833310

Plante, D.T., Birn, R.M., Walsh, E.C., Hoks, R.M., Cornejo, M.D., & Abercrombie, H.C. (2018). Reduced resting-state thalamostriatal functional connectivity is associated with excessive daytime sleepiness in persons with and without depressive disorders. Journal of Affective Disorders, 227, 517-520. PMCID: PMC5805569

Gaffey, A.E., Wirth, M.M., Hoks, R.M., Jahn, A.L., & Abercrombie, H.C. (2014). Circulating cortisol levels after exogenous cortisol administration are higher in women using hormonal contraceptives: Data from two preliminary studies. Stress, 17(4), 314-320. PMCID: PMC4273669

van Ast, V.A., Cornelisse, S., Marin, M.F., Ackermann, S., Garfinkel, S.N., & Abercrombie, H.C. (2013). Modulatory mechanisms of cortisol effects on emotional learning and memory: Novel perspectives. Psychoneuroendocrinology, 38(9), 1874-1882. PMCID: PMC3934796

Abercrombie, H.C., Wirth, M.M., & Hoks, R.M. (2012). Inter-individual differences in trait negative affect moderate cortisol’s effects on memory formation: Preliminary findings from two studies. Psychoneuroendocrinology, 37(5), 693-701. PMCID: PMC3310250

Wirth, M.M, Scherer, S.M., Hoks, R.M., & Abercrombie, H.C. (2011). The effect of cortisol on emotional responses depends on order of cortisol and placebo administration in a within-subjects design. Psychoneuroendocrinology, 36(7), 945-954. PMCID: PMC3110569

Abercrombie, H.C., Jahn, A.L., Davidson, R.J., Kern, S., Kirschbaum, C., & Halverson, J. (2011). Cortisol’s effects on hippocampal activation in depressed patients are related to alterations in memory formation. Journal of Psychiatric Research, 45(1), 15-23. PMCID: PMC3050626

Jahn, A.L., Fox, A.S., Abercrombie, H.C., Shelton, S.E., Oakes, T.R., Davidson, R.J., & Kalin, N.H. (2010). Subgenual prefrontal cortex activity predicts individual differences in hypothalamic-pituitary-adrenal activity across different contexts. Biological Psychiatry, 67(2), 175-181. PMCID: PMC2804442

Abercrombie, H.C., Chambers, A.S., Greischar, L., & Monticelli, R.M. (2008). Orienting, emotion, and memory: Phasic and tonic variation in heart rate predicts memory for emotional pictures in men. Neurobiology of Learning and Memory, 90(4), 644-650. PMCID: PMC2601624

Giese-Davis, J., Wilhelm, F.H., Conrad, A., Abercrombie, H.C., Sephton, S., Yutsis, M., Neri, E., Taylor, C.B., Kraemer, H.C., & Spiegel, D. (2006). Depression and stress reactivity in metastatic breast cancer. Psychosomatic Medicine, 68, 675-683.

Abercrombie, H.C., Speck, N.S., & Monticelli, R.M. (2006). Endogenous cortisol elevations are related to memory facilitation only in individuals who are emotionally aroused. Psychoneuroendocrinology, 31, 187-196.

Abercrombie, H.C., Kalin, N.H., & Davidson, R.J. (2005). Acute cortisol elevations cause heightened arousal ratings of objectively nonarousing stimuli. Emotion, 5(3), 354-359.

Giese-Davis, J., Sephton, S.E., Abercrombie, H.C., Duran, R.E.F., & Spiegel, D. (2004). Repression and high anxiety are associated with aberrant diurnal cortisol rhythms in women with metastatic breast cancer. Health Psychology, 23(6), 645-650.

Abercrombie, H.C., Giese-Davis, J., Sephton, S., Epel, E.S., Turner-Cobb, J.M., & Spiegel, D. (2004). Flattened cortisol rhythms in metastatic breast cancer patients. Psychoneuroendocrinology, 29(8), 1082-1092.

Oakes, T.R., Pizzagalli, D.A., Hendrick, A.M., Horras, K.A., Larson, C.L., Abercrombie, H.C., Schaefer, S.M., Koger, J.V., & Davidson, R.J. (2004). Functional coupling of simultaneous electrical and metabolic activity in the human brain. Human Brain Mapping, 21, 257-270.

Pizzagalli, D.A., Oakes, T.R., Fox, A.S., Chung, C.L., Larson, C.L., Abercrombie, H.C., Schaefer,S.M., Benca, R.M., & Davidson, R.J. (2004). Functional but not structural subgenual prefrontal cortex abnormalities in melancholia. Molecular Psychiatry, 9, 393-405.

Irwin, W., Anderle, M.J., Abercrombie, H.C., Schaefer, S.M., Kalin, N.H., & Davidson, R.J. (2004). Amygdalar interhemispheric functional connectivity differs between the non-depressed and depressed human brain. Neuroimage, 21, 674-686.

Koopman, C., Sephton, S., Abercrombie, H.C., Classen, C., Butler, L.D., Gore-Felton, C., Borggrefe, A., & Spiegel, D. (2003). Dissociative symptoms and cortisol responses to recounting traumatic experiences among childhood sexual abuse survivors with PTSD. Journal of Trauma & Dissociation, 4(4), 29-46.

Pizzagalli, D.A., Oakes, T.R., Fox, A.S., Chung, M.K., Larson, C.L., Abercrombie, H.C., Schaefer, S.M., Benca, R.M., & Davidson, R.J. (2004). Functional but not structural subgenual prefrontal cortex abnormalities in melancholia. Molecular Psychiatry, 9(4), 393-405.

Abercrombie, H.C., Kalin, N.H., Thurow, M.E., Rosenkranz, M.A., & Davidson, R.J. (2003). Cortisol variation in humans affects memory for emotionally-laden and neutral information. Behavioral Neuroscience, 117(3), 505-516.

Pizzagalli, D.A., Nitschke, J.B., Oakes, T.R., Hendrick, A.M., Horras, K.A., Larson, C.L., Abercrombie, H.C., Schaefer, S.M., Koger, J.V., Benca, R.M., Pascual-Marqui, R.D., & Davidson, R.J. (2002). Brain electrical tomography in depression: The importance of symptom severity, anxiety, and melancholic features. Biological Psychiatry, 52, 73-85.

Rusch, B.D., Abercrombie, H.C., Oakes, T.R., Schaefer, S.M., & Davidson, R.J. (2001). Hippocampal morphometry in depressed patients and control subjects: Relations to anxiety symptoms. Biological Psychiatry, 50(12), 960-964.

Pizzagalli, D., Pascual-Marqui, R.D., Nitschke, J.B., Oakes, T.R., Larson, C.L., Abercrombie, H.C., Schaefer, S.M., Koger, J.V., Benca, R.M., & Davidson, R.J. (2001). Anterior cingulate activity predicts degree of treatment response in major depression: Evidence from brain electrical tomography analysis. American Journal of Psychiatry, 158, 405-415.

Schaefer, S.M., Abercrombie, H.C., Lindgren, K.A., Larson, C.L., Ward, R.T., Oakes, T.R., Holden, J.E., Perlman, S.B., Turski, P.A., & Davidson, R.J. (2001). Six-month test-retest reliability of MRI-defined PET measures of regional cerebral glucose metabolic rate in selected subcortical structures. Human Brain Mapping, 10, 1-9.

Davidson, R.J., Abercrombie, H., Nitschke, J., & Putnam, K. (1999). Regional brain function, emotion and disorders of emotion. Current Opinion in Neurobiology, 9(2), 228-234.

Lindgren, K.A., Larson, C.L., Schaefer, S.M., Abercrombie, H.C., Ward, R.T., Oakes, T.R., Holden, J.E., Perlman, S.B., Benca, R.M., & Davidson, R.J. (1999). Thalamic metabolic rate predicts EEG alpha power in healthy controls but not in depressed patients. Biological Psychiatry, 45, 943-952.

Abercrombie, H.C., Schaefer, S.M., Larson, C.L., Oakes, T.R., Lindgren, K.A., Holden, J.E., Perlman, S.B., Turski, P.A., Krahn, D.D., Benca, R.M., & Davidson, R.J. (1998). Metabolic rate in the right amygdala predicts negative affect in depressed patients. Neuroreport, 9, 3301-3307.

Larson, C.L., Abercrombie, H.C., Ward, R.T., Schaefer, S.M., Jackson, D.C., Holden, J.E., Perlman, S.B., & Davidson, R.J. (1998). Relations between PET-derived measures of thalamic glucose metabolism and EEG alpha power. Psychophysiology, 35, 162-169.


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