Kevin S. LaBar

Professor of Psychology and Neuroscience

Education & Training

  • Ph.D., New York University 1996

  • B.A., Lafayette College 1990

Overview

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.            

Expertise

Emotion, memory, fear, associative learning, brain imaging, psychophysiology

Morey, RA, Dunsmoor, JE, Haswell, CC, Brown, VM, Vora, A, Weiner, J, Stjepanovic, D, Wagner, HR, VA Mid-Atlantic MIRECC Workgroup, , and LaBar, KS. "Fear learning circuitry is biased toward generalization of fear associations in posttraumatic stress disorder." Translational psychiatry 5 (December 15, 2015): e700-. Full Text Open Access Copy

Kragel, PA, and LaBar, KS. "Multivariate neural biomarkers of emotional states are categorically distinct." Social cognitive and affective neuroscience 10.11 (November 2015): 1437-1448. Full Text

Åhs, F, Kragel, PA, Zielinski, DJ, Brady, R, and LaBar, KS. "Medial prefrontal pathways for the contextual regulation of extinguished fear in humans." NeuroImage 122 (November 2015): 262-271. Full Text

Åhs, F, Dunsmoor, JE, Zielinski, D, and LaBar, KS. "Spatial proximity amplifies valence in emotional memory and defensive approach-avoidance." Neuropsychologia 70 (April 2015): 476-485. Full Text

Kragel, PA, Zucker, NL, Covington, VE, and LaBar, KS. "Developmental trajectories of cortical-subcortical interactions underlying the evaluation of trust in adolescence." Social cognitive and affective neuroscience 10.2 (February 2015): 240-247. Full Text

Dunsmoor, JE, Kragel, PA, Martin, A, and LaBar, KS. "Aversive learning modulates cortical representations of object categories." Cereb Cortex 24.11 (November 2014): 2859-2872. Full Text

Dunsmoor, JE, Ahs, F, Zielinski, DJ, and LaBar, KS. "Extinction in multiple virtual reality contexts diminishes fear reinstatement in humans." Neurobiology of learning and memory 113 (September 2014): 157-164. Full Text

Smoski, MJ, LaBar, KS, and Steffens, DC. "Relative effectiveness of reappraisal and distraction in regulating emotion in late-life depression." Am J Geriatr Psychiatry 22.9 (September 2014): 898-907. Full Text

Dew, ITZ, Ritchey, M, LaBar, KS, and Cabeza, R. "Prior perceptual processing enhances the effect of emotional arousal on the neural correlates of memory retrieval." Neurobiol Learn Mem 112 (July 2014): 104-113. Full Text

Pages

Emotional modulation of procedural learning awarded by National Science Foundation (Principal Investigator). 2008 to 2012

Biomarkers of Interoceptive Awareness in Adolescent Anorexia Nervosa awarded by National Institutes of Health (Co-Principal Investigator). 2009 to 2012

Neuroimaging of emotional association formation and subsequent effect on memory awarded by National Institutes of Health (Co-Sponsor). 2008 to 2011

Neural Correlates of Autobiographical Memory awarded by National Institute of Mental Health (Co Investigator). 2004 to 2010

Neurodevelopmental Processes of Social Cognition in Anorexia Nervosa and Autism awarded by National Institutes of Health (Co Investigator). 2006 to 2010

Neural Mechanisms of Fear Renewal in Humans awarded by National Institutes of Health (Principal Investigator). 2006 to 2009

CAREER: Cognitive Neuroscience of Emotional Memory awarded by National Science Foundation (Principal Investigator). 2003 to 2008

Neural Substrates of Implicit Emotional Learning awarded by National Institutes of Health (Principal Investigator). 2005 to 2008

Neural Basis of Interactions Between Attention & Emotion awarded by National Institutes of Health (Principal Investigator). 2005 to 2007

Neural Basis of Interactions between Attention & Emotion awarded by National Institutes of Health (Principal Investigator). 2005 to 2007

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