Ray A. Winters, Ph.D.

Professor, Health Division
Michigan State University, 1969

CNS control of cardiovascular reactivity, stress and stress management.

Research Interests

Dr. Winters is a biological psychologist who has conducted research in several areas including, single cell electrophysiological studies in the visual system, and single cell and neuroanatomical tracing studies of the emotional systems that underlie cardiovascular reactions to stress.  Dr. Winters current research efforts focus on the neurobiology of bipolar disorder and depression.  These studies, conducting in collaboration with Dr. Sheri Johnson, seek to determine the role of the central nervous system's (CNS) behavioral activation system and anxiety system in bipolar disorder and depression, and to assess the contribution of CNS mechanisms underlying emotion regulation to these disorders.

Selected Publications

Winters, R.W. & Schneiderman, N.(2000). Autonomic classical and operant conditioning. In N. J. Smelser & P.B. Bates (Eds), International Encyclopedia of the Social and Behavioral Sciences

Winters, R.W. and Schneiderman, (2000) N. Anxiety and coronary heart disease. In D.I. Mostofsky and D.H. Barlow (Eds.), The management of stress and anxiety in medical disorders. Needham Heights, MA: Allyn & Bacon.

Winters, R.W., McCabe, P.M., Green, E.J., and Schneiderman, N. (2000) Central nervous system circuitry underlying learned and unlearned affective responses to stressful stimuli. In In T. Field, N. Schneiderman, & P. M. McCabe (Eds.), Stress, Coping, and the Cardiovascular System Hillsdale, NJ: Lawrence Erlbaum Associates.

Winters, R.W., Scott, W.D., and Beevers, C.G. (2000) Affective Distress as an organizing factor in depression: Neurobiological Mechanisms. In S. Johnson, A. Hayes, T. Field, N., P. M. McCabe, Schneiderman, & (Eds.), Stress, Coping and Depression. Hillsdale, NJ: Lawrence Erlbaum Associates.

Scott, W.D., Winters, R.W., and Beevers, C.G. (2000) Affective Distress as an organizing factor in depression: Psychological mechanisms. In S. Johnson, A. Hayes, T. Field, N., P. M. McCabe, Schneiderman, & (Eds.), Stress, Coping and Depression. Hillsdale, NJ: Lawrence Erlbaum Associates.

Teaching

Sample Syllabi
PSY 110 Introduction to Psychology
PSY 417 Emotion

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