Katalin Gothard, MD, PhD



University of Arizona
1501 N Campbell Ave, Room 4103
Department of Physiology
Tucson, AZ 85724
(520) 626-1448

Dr. Gothard is a Professor in the departments of Physiology and Neuroscience. The broad goal of our research is to understand the neural basis of emotion and social behavior. We work with rhesus monkeys because they share with humans social behaviors and the hierarchical organization of the societies. We place emphasis on exploring brain activity during natural or seminatural behaviors. For example, we monitor neural activity in the amygdala and in the somatosensory cortex while the monkeys receive social grooming and non-social tactile stimuli. Joint monitoring neural activity and autonomic reveal the real-time dynamic interactions between brain areas involved in social perception, decision-making, and the control of overt social behaviors.

The Gothard Lab

Selected Publications

  • Gothard, K.M. The multidimensional amygdala. 2020 Perspective: Nature Neuroscience Reviews (under review)
  • Morrow, J.K., Cohen, M.X., and Gothard K.M. Mesoscopic-scale functional networks at the in the primate amygdala. BbioRxiv 2020.02.24.963587; doi: https://doi.org/10.1101/2020.02.24.963587
  • Putnam, P.T., Gothard, K.M. 2019 Multi-dimensional neural selectivity in the monkey amygdala. eNeuro. 10.1523/ENEURO.0153-19
  • Morrow, J.K. Mosher C.P., Gothard, K.M. 2019 Multisensory neurons in the primate amygdala. Journal of Neuroscience 39(19):3663–3675. PMID: 30858163
  • Burgos-Robles, A., Gothard, K.M., Monfils M.H., Morozov A., Vicentic, A. 2019. Conserved features of anterior cingulate networks support observational learning across species. Neurosci Biobehav Rev. 2019 Dec;107:215-228. doi: 10.1016/j.neubiorev.2019.09.009. Epub 2019 Sep 8. Review.
  • Putnam, P.T., Young, L.J., Gothard, K.M. 2018 Bridging the gap between rodents and humans: The role of non-human primates in oxytocin research. American Journal of Primatology. 80(10):e22756. PMID: 29923206
  • Gothard, K.M, Mosher, C.P., Zimmerman, P.E., Putnam, P.T., Morrow, J.K., Fuglevand, A.J. 2018 New Perspectives on the Neurophysiology of Primate Amygdala Emerging from the Study of Naturalistic Social Behaviors. WIREs Cogn Sci Jan;9(1). PMID: 28800678Minxha, J., Mosher, C., Morrow, J. K., Mamelak, A. N., Adolphs, R., Gothard, K. M., & Rutishauser, U. (2017). Fixations gate species-specific responses to free viewing of faces in the human and macaque amygdala. Cell reports, 18(4), 878-891. PMID: 28122239
  • Ballesta, S., Mosher, C.P., Szep, J., Fischl, K.D., Gothard, K.M. Social determinants of spontaneous eye blinks in adult male macaques. Scientific Reports  6;6:38686. PMID:27922101
  • Mosher, C.P., Zimmerman, P.E., Fuglevand, A.J. Gothard, K.M. Tactile stimulation of the face and the production of facial expressions activate neurons in the primate amygdala. eNeuro. Oct 7(5). PMID:  27752543
  • Putnam, P.T., Roman, J.M., Zimmerman, P.E., Gothard KM. (2016) Oxytocin Enhances Gaze-following induced by videos of natural social behavior. Psychoneuroendocrinology. 72:47-53 PMID: 27343726
  • Mosher, C.P., Zimmerman, P.E, Gothard, K.M. (2014) Neurons in the monkey amygdala detect eye-contact during naturalistic social interactions. Current Biology 24:2459-64. PMID: 25283782
  • Burke, S.N., Thome, A., Plange, K., Engle, J.R., Trouard, T.P., Gothard, K.M., Barnes, C.A. (2014) Orbitofrontal Cortex and Basolateral Amygdala Volume Show a Dissociable Relationship with Reward Devaluation in Young and Aged Monkeys. Journal of Neuroscience 34:9905-16. PMID: 25057193
  • Gothard, K.M. (2014) The amygdalo-cingulate pathway and the control of facial expressions. Frontiers in Neuroscience. Perspectives. 8:43. PMID: 24678289
  • Parker, S.S., Mandell, E.K., Hapak, S.M., Maskaykina, I.Y., Kusne, Y., Kim, J.Y., Moy, J.K., St John, P.A., Wilson, J.M., Gothard, K.M., Price, T.J., Ghosh, S. (2013) Competing molecular interactions of aPKC isoforms regulate neuronal polarity. Proceedings of the National Academy of Science 110:14450-14455 PMID: 23940317
  • Leonard, T.K., Blumenthal, G., Gothard, K.M., Hoffman, K.L. (2012) How Macaques View Familiarity and Gaze in Conspecific Faces. Vision 126:781-91. PMID: 23067381
  • Hadj-Bouziane, F., Liu. N., Bell A.H., Gothard, K.M., Luh, W., Tootell, R.B., Murray, E.A., Ungerleider, L.G. (2012) Amygdala lesions disrupt modulation of fMRI activity evoked by facial expression in the monkey inferior temporal cortex. Proceedings of the National Academy of Science 109: 3640–3648. PMID: 23184972
  • Mosher, C.M., Zimmerman, P.E., Gothard, K.M. (2011) Videos of conspecifics elicit interactive looking patterns and facial expressions in monkeys. Behavioral Neuroscience 25:639-652. PMID: 21688888
  • Mosher, C.M., Zimmerman, P.E., Gothard, K.M.  (2010) Response characteristic of the basolateral and centromedial neurons in the primate amygdala. Journal of Neuroscience 30:16197–16207. PMID: 21123566
  • Parr, L.A., Waller, B.M., Burrows, A.M., Gothard, K.M. & Vick, S.J. (2010) MaqFACS: A Muscle-Based Facial Movement Coding System for the Macaque Monkey. American Journal of Physical Anthropology 143:625-630. PMID: 20872742
  • Gibboni R.R., Zimmerman, P.E., Gothard, K.M. (2009). Individual differences in scanpaths correspond with serotonin transporter genotype and behavioral phenotype in Rhesus monkeys (Macaca mulatta). Frontiers in Behavioral Neuroscience. 3:50.  PMID: 19949466
  • Laine C. M, Spitler, K.S., Mosher, C.M., Gothard, K.M. (2009) Behavioral triggers of skin conductance responses and their neural correlates in the primate amygdala. Journal of Neurophysiology 101:1749-754. PMID: 19144740
  • Gothard, K.M., Brooks, K.N., Peterson, M.A. (2008)  Multiple perceptual mechanisms of face recognition in macaque monkeys. Animal Cognition 12:155-67. PMID: 18787848
  • Waller, B.M., Parr, L.A., Burrows, A., Gothard, K.M., Fuglevand, A.J. (2008) Intramuscular electrical stimulation of facial muscles in Rhesus monkeys. Physiology and Behavior, 95:93-100. PMID: 18582909
  • Spitler, K.M., Gothard. K.M. (2008) A removable silicone elastomer seal reduces granulation tissue growth and maintains the sterility of recording chambers for primate neurophysiology. Journal of Neuroscience Methods, 30:169:23-6. PMID: 18241928
  • Hoffman, K.K. Gothard, K.M., Schmid, M.C., Logothetis, N.K. (2007) Facial expression and gaze-selective responses in the monkey amygdala. Current Biology 17:766-772. PMID: 17412586
  • Gothard, K.M., Battaglia, F.P., Erickson, C.A., Spitler, K.M., and Amaral, D.G. (2007) Neural Responses to Facial Expression and Face Identity in the Monkey Amygdala. Journal of Neurophysiology 97:1671-1683. PMID: 17093126