• Dixon, M.L., & Christoff, K. (in prep). Distinct brain network configurations during acceptance-based and evaluation-based introspection.
  • Fox, K.C.R., Andrews-Hanna, J.A., Mills, C., Dixon, M.L., Markovic, J., Thompson, E., & Christoff, K. (in press). Affective neuroscience of self-generated thought. Annals of the New York Academy of Sciences.
  • Parro, C., Dixon, M.L., & Christoff, K. (under review). The neural basis of motivational influences on cognitive control: an ALE meta-analysis. Human Brain Mapping.[Download PDF]


  • Dixon, M.L., De La Vega, A., Mills, C., Andrews-Hanna, J.R., Spreng, R.N., Cole, M.W., & Christoff, K. (2018). Heterogeneity within the frontoparietal control network and its relationship to the default and dorsal attention networks. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences (PNAS). [Download PDF]
  • 2017

    • Dixon, M.L., Thiruchselvam, R., Todd, R., & Christoff, K. (2017). Emotion and the prefrontal cortex: An integrative review. Psychological Bulletin, 143(10), 1033-1081.[Download PDF]
    • Dixon, M.L., Andrews-Hanna, J.R., Spreng, R.N., Irving, Z. Mills, C., Girn, M., & Christoff, K. (2017). Interactions between the default network and dorsal attention network vary across default subsystems, time, and cognitive states. Neuroimage, 147, 632–649. [Download PDF]
    • Dixon, M.L., Girn, M., & Christoff, K. (2017). Hierarchical organization of frontoparietal control networks underlying goal-directed behavior. Invited chapter for: M. Watanabe (editor). The prefrontal cortex as an executive, emotional, and social brain. Springer. 133-148. [Download PDF]

    • 2016

      • Ellamil, M., Fox, K.C.R., Dixon, M.L., Pritchard, S., Todd, R.M., Thompson, E., & Christoff, K. (2016). Dynamics of neural recruitment surrounding the spontaneous arising of thoughts in experienced mindfulness practitioners. Neuroimage,136, 186-196. [Download PDF]
      • Fox, K.C.R., Dixon, M.L., Nijeboer, S., Lifshitz, M., Girn, M., Floman, J.L., & Christoff, K. (2016). Functional neuroanatomy of meditation: A systematic review and meta-analysis of 78 functional neuroimaging investigations. Neuroscience and BioBehavioral Reviews, 65, 208-228. [Download PDF]


    • Dixon, M.L. (2015). Cognitive control, emotional value, and the lateral prefrontal cortex. Frontiers in Psychology, 6:758.  [Download PDF]

    • 2014

    • Dixon, M.L. & Christoff, K. (2014). The lateral prefrontal cortex and complex value-based learning and decision making. Neuroscience and BioBehavioral Reviews, 45, 9-18.  [Download PDF]
    • Dixon, M.L., Fox, K., & Christoff, K. (2014). Evidence for rostro-caudal functional organization in multiple brain areas related to goal-directed behavior. Brain Research. 1572, 26-39.  [Download PDF]
    • Dixon, M.L., Fox, K., & Christoff, K. (2014). A framework for understanding the relationship between externally and internally directed cognition. Neuropsychologia, 62, 321-330.  [Download PDF]
    • Fox, K.C.R., Nijeboer, S., Dixon, M.L., Floman, J.L., Ellamil, M., Rumak, S., Sedlmeier, P., & Christoff, K. (2014). Is meditation associated with altered brain structure? A systematic review and meta-analysis of morphometric neuroimaging in meditation practitioners. Neuroscience and BioBehavioral Reviews, 43, 48-73.  [Download PDF]
    • Schmitz, T.W., Dixon, M.L., Anderson, A.K., & De Rosa, E. (2014). Distinguishing attentional gain and tuning in young and older adults. Neurobiology of Aging, 35 (11), 2514-2525.  [Download PDF]

    • 2012

      • Dixon, M.L. & Christoff, K. (2012).  The decision to engage cognitive control is driven by expected reward-value: neural and behavioural evidence. PLoS One, 7(12), 1-12.  [Download PDF]
      • Fox, K., Zakarauskas, P., Dixon, M.L., Ellamil, M., Thompson, E., & Christoff, K. (2012).  Meditation experience predicts introspective accuracy.  PLoS One, 7(9), 1-9.   [Download PDF]

      • 2011

        • McCaig, R.G.,  Dixon, M.L.,  Keramatian, K, Liu, I., & Christoff, K. (2011). Improved modulation of rostrolateral prefrontal cortex using real-time fMRI training and meta-cognitive awareness. Neuroimage, 55(3), 1298-1305.   [Download PDF]

        • 2010

          • Dixon, M.L. (2010).Uncovering the neural basis of resisting immediate gratification while pursuing long-term goals.The Journal of Neuroscience, 30(18), 6178-6179.  [Download PDF]
          • Dixon, M.L., Zelazo, P.D., & De Rosa, E. (2010). Intact memory-guided attention in school-aged children. Developmental Science, 13(1), 161-169.   [Download PDF]


          • Dixon, M.L., Ruppel, J., Pratt, J., & De Rosa, E. (2009). Learning to ignore: acquisition of sustained attentional suppression.  Psychonomic Bulletin & Review, 16(2), 418-23.  [Download PDF]