Kevin S. LaBar
Professor of Psychology and Neuroscience
Education & Training
Ph.D., New York University 1996
B.A., Lafayette College 1990
My research focuses on understanding how emotional events modulate cognitive processes in the human brain. We aim to identify brain regions that encode the emotional properties of sensory stimuli, and to show how these regions interact with neural systems supporting social cognition, executive control, and learning and memory. To achieve this goal, we use a variety of cognitive neuroscience techniques in human subject populations. These include psychophysiological monitoring, functional magnetic resonance imaging (fMRI), virtual reality, and behavioral studies in healthy adults as well as psychiatric patients. This integrative approach capitalizes on recent advances in the field and may lead to new insights into cognitive-emotional interactions in the brain.
Emotion, memory, fear, associative learning, brain imaging, psychophysiology
Zucker, NL, Kragel, PA, Wagner, HR, Keeling, L, Mayer, E, Wang, J, Kang, MS, Merwin, R, Simmons, WK, and LaBar, KS. "The Clinical Significance of Posterior Insular Volume in Adolescent Anorexia Nervosa." Psychosomatic medicine (July 7, 2017). Full Text
Murty, VP, LaBar, KS, and Adcock, RA. "Distinct medial temporal networks encode surprise during motivation by reward versus punishment." Neurobiology of learning and memory 134 Pt A (October 2016): 55-64. Full Text
Dowd, EW, Mitroff, SR, and LaBar, KS. "Fear generalization gradients in visuospatial attention." Emotion (Washington, D.C.) 16.7 (October 2016): 1011-1018. Full Text
Kragel, PA, Knodt, AR, Hariri, AR, and LaBar, KS. "Decoding Spontaneous Emotional States in the Human Brain." PLoS biology 14.9 (September 14, 2016): e2000106-. Full Text Open Access Copy
Li, D, Zucker, NL, Kragel, PA, Covington, VE, and LaBar, KS. "Adolescent development of insula-dependent interoceptive regulation." Developmental science (June 19, 2016). Full Text
Gorka, AX, LaBar, KS, and Hariri, AR. "Variability in emotional responsiveness and coping style during active avoidance as a window onto psychological vulnerability to stress." Physiology & behavior 158 (May 2016): 90-99. Full Text
Lake, JI, LaBar, KS, and Meck, WH. "Emotional modulation of interval timing and time perception." Neuroscience and biobehavioral reviews 64 (May 2016): 403-420. (Review) Full Text
Kragel, PA, and LaBar, KS. "Somatosensory Representations Link the Perception of Emotional Expressions and Sensory Experience." eNeuro 3.2 (March 2016). Full Text
Lake, JI, Meck, WH, and LaBar, KS. "Discriminative Fear Learners are Resilient to Temporal Distortions during Threat Anticipation." Timing & time perception (Leiden, Netherlands) 4.1 (January 2016): 63-78.
Byrne, JH, LaBar, KS, LeDoux, JE, Schafe, GE, and Thompson, RF. "Learning and Memory: Basic Mechanisms." From Molecules to Networks: An Introduction to Cellular and Molecular Neuroscience: Third Edition. July 11, 2014. 591-637. Full Text
Yamasaki, H, Labar, KS, and McCarthy, G. "Dissociable Prefrontal Brain Systems for Attention and Emotion." Social Neuroscience: Key Readings. January 1, 2013. 43-52. Full Text
LaBar, KS. "Imaging emotional influences on learning and memory." Neuroimaging of Human Memory: Linking Cognitive Processes to Neural Systems. March 22, 2012. Full Text
Huff, NC, and LaBar, KS. "Generalization and specialization of conditioned learning." Generalization of Knowledge: Multidisciplinary Perspectives. January 1, 2011. 3-30. Full Text
Dolcos, F, LaBar, KS, and Cabeza, R. "The Memory Enhancing Effect of Emotion: Functional Neuroimaging Evidence." Memory and Emotion: Interdisciplinary Perspectives. January 11, 2008. 105-134. Full Text
Morey, R, Haswell, CC, Vora, A, Brown, VM, and LaBar, KS. "Fear Learning Circuitry in PTSD is Biased Toward Generalization of Conditioned Response." May 1, 2014.
Brown, VM, Haswell, CC, Gold, AL, McCarthy, G, LaBar, KS, and Morey, RA. "Resting State Connectivity Between Amygdalar Subregions and the Prefrontal Cortex is Disrupted in PTSD." April 15, 2012.
Morey, RA, Petty, CM, Cooper, DA, Labar, KS, and McCarthy, G. "Neural systems for executive and emotional processing are modulated by level of posttraumatic stress disorder symptoms in Iraq war veterans." April 15, 2007.
Zorawski, M, Cook, CA, Kuhn, CM, and LaBar, KS. "Sex, stress, and fear: Individual differences in conditioned learning." 2005.
Graham, R, and LaBar, KS. "The Garner paradigm reveals asymmetric dependencies between facial emotional expression and gaze processing." 2005.
Pelphrey, KA, Morris, JP, McCarthy, G, and LaBar, KS. "Perception of dynamic changes in facial expressions of emotion in autism." 2005.
Neurobehavioral Mechanisms of Emotion Regulation in Depression across the Adult Lifespan awarded by National Institutes of Health (Co-Principal Investigator). 2017 to 2022
Contextual Influences on Fear Memories awarded by National Science Foundation (Principal Investigator). 2015 to 2018
Neuromodulation Enhanced Cognitive Restructuring for Emotion Dysregulation: A Proof of Concept Study awarded by Brain and Behavior Research Foundation (Collaborator). 2016 to 2018
Evaluating a Novel Method of Generalizing Emotion Regulation awarded by National Institutes of Health (Co Investigator). 2012 to 2017
MRI: Acquisition of a High-Resolution Stereoscopic Interactive Visualization System for Research and Education in Scienc awarded by National Science Foundation (Co-Principal Investigator). 2014 to 2016
Multivariate Representations of Emotion awarded by National Institutes of Health (Principal Investigator). 2013 to 2016
Brain Imaging Studies of Negative Reinforcement in Humans awarded by National Institutes of Health (Principal Investigator). 2009 to 2015
Emotion Regulation in Late-Life Depression: Effectiveness and Neural Mechanisms awarded by National Institutes of Health (Co-Mentor). 2009 to 2015
The Neural Correlates of Stress Reactivity, Learning and Memory in Depressed Patients awarded by National Alliance for Research on Schizophrenia & Depression (Principal Investigator). 2011 to 2015
Brain Mechanisms Supporting the Generalization of Learned Fear awarded by National Institutes of Health (Principal Investigator). 2010 to 2012
Multivariate pattern classification reveals biomarkers of distinct emotional states in the central and autonomic nervous systems. Workshop on Novel Approaches to Decode the Distributed Neural Representation of Emotions and Their Components. Organiza...