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James Coan

James Coan

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I direct the Virginia Affective Neuroscience Laboratory ("The VAN Lab") at the University of Virginia. The VAN Lab is a multidisciplinary group devoted to the study of neural systems supporting emotion, emotion-regulation and, critically, the social regulation of emotion.

Primary Interests:

  • Applied Social Psychology
  • Close Relationships
  • Emotion, Mood, Affect
  • Evolution and Genetics
  • Interpersonal Processes
  • Life Satisfaction, Well-Being
  • Neuroscience, Psychophysiology
  • Nonverbal Behavior
  • Personality, Individual Differences
  • Research Methods, Assessment

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Other Publications:

  • Coan, J. A. (2008). Toward a neuroscience of attachment. In J. Cassidy & P. R. Shaver (Eds.), Handbook of attachment: Theory, research, and clinical applications (2nd ed., pp. 241-265). New York: Guilford Press.

Courses Taught:

  • Abnormal Psychology
  • Affective Neuroscience
  • Experimental Psychopathology
  • Research Methodology

James Coan
Department of Psychology
102 Gilmer Hall, P.O. Box 400400
University of Virginia
Charlottesville, Virginia 22904
United States

  • Phone: (434) 243-2322
  • Fax: (434) 982-4766

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