Loyola University Chicago

Department of Psychology

Rebecca Silton

Title: Associate Professor
Office: 240 Coffey Hall 
Phone: 773-508-3322

Background Information
Doctorate: University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
Bachelors: Macalester College
Additional Information
Website:  WELL Lab
Researchgate: Rebecca Silton
Google Scholar: Rebecca Silton Google Scholar  
Classes Taught
PSYC 100 Psychological Perspectives of Globalization
PSYC 331 Abnormal Psychology
PSYC 332 Affective Neuroscience
PSYC 390 Internship in Psychology
PSYC 446 Psychopathology and Problems in Living
PSYC 552 Neuropsychology
PSYC 553 Neuropsychological Assessment
Research Interests
The WELL lab program of research is guided by a salutogenesis framework that guides our research focused on optimizing affective and cognitive function to cultivate positive health and wellbeing outcomes across the lifespan. The WELL lab cares deeply about supporting diverse research teams whose work promotes wellbeing and positive health outcomes. We support open and transparent science practices and we take a multi-method approach to addressing research questions. Current projects in our lab involve a focus on understanding embodied positive emotions, in conjunction with projects that help us understand the role of positive emotions in bolstering resilience, restoration, and revitalization as well as fostering acts of resistance and rebellion.
For additional information about our Well-being and Emotion Lab at Loyola (WELL LAB) please visit our webpage: www.siltonlab.org
Selected Publications
Snyder, H.R., Silton, R.L., Hankin, B.L., Smolker, H.R., Kaiser, R.H., Miller, G.A., Banich, M.T., & Heller, W. (in press). The dimensional structure of internalizing psychopathology: Relation to diagnostic categories. Clinical Psychological Science.
Kmiecik, M. J., Tu, F. F., Silton, R. L., Dillane, K. E., Roth, G. E., Harte, S. E., & Hellman, K. M. (2022). Cortical mechanisms of visual hypersensitivity in women at risk for chronic pelvic pain. Pain, 163(6), 1035–1048. 
Alexander, R., Aragon, O.R., Bookwala, J., Cherbuin, N., Gatt, J.M. Kahrilas, I.J., Kästner, N., Lawrence, A., Lowe, L., Morrison, R.G., Mueller, S.C., Nusslock, R., Papadelis, C., Polnaszek, K.L., Richter, S.H., Silton, R.L., & Styliadis, C. (2021). The neuroscience of positive emotions and affect: Implications for cultivating happiness and wellbeing. Neuroscience and Biobehavioral Reviews.
Villanueva, C. M., Silton, R. L., Heller, W., Barch, D. M., & Gruber, J. (in press). Change is on the horizon: Call to action for the study of positive emotion and reward in psychopathology. Current Opinion in Behavioral Sciences.
Banich, M. T., Smith, L. L., Smolker, H. R., Hankin, B. L., Silton, R. L., Heller, W., & Snyder, H. R. (2020). Common and specific dimensions of internalizing disorders are characterized by unique patterns of brain activity on a task of emotional cognitive control. International Journal of Psychophysiology.
Kahrilas, I.J., Smith, J., Silton, R.L., & Bryant, F.B. (2020). Savoring the moment: A link between affectivity and depression. International Journal of Wellbeing.
Letkiewicz, A.M., Silton, R.L., Mimnaugh, K.H., Miller, G.A., Heller, W., & Sass, S.M. (2020) Childhood abuse history and altered attention to emotional stimuli in adults. Psychophysiology.
Silton, R. L., Kahrilas, I. J., Skymba, H. V., Smith, J., Bryant, F. B., & Heller, W. (2020). Regulating positive emotions: Implications for promoting well-being in individuals with depression. Emotion, 20, 93–97. 
Stockdale, L. A., Morrison, R. G., & Silton, R. L. (2020). The influence of stimulus valence on perceptual processing of facial expressions and subsequent response inhibition. Psychophysiology, e13467.
Popov, T., Westner, B.U., Silton, R.L., Sass, S.M., Spielberg, J.M., Rockstroh, B., Heller, W., & Miller, G.A. (2018). Time course of brain network reconfiguration supporting inhibitory control. Journal of Neuroscience, 2639-17.
Zuckerman, R., Silton, R.L., Tu, F.F., Eng, J.S., & Hellman, K.M. (2018). Somatic symptoms in women with dysmenorrhea and non-cylic pelvic pain. Archives of Women’s Mental Health, 1 - 9.
Szekely, A., Silton, R.L., Heller, W., Miller, G.A., & Mohanty, A. (2017). Differential functional connectivity of rostral anterior cingulate cortex during emotional inference. Social Cognitive and Affective Neuroscience, 12, 476 – 486.