Kevin S. LaBar

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

Phelps, EA, LaBar, KS, and Spencer, DD. "Memory for emotional words following unilateral temporal lobectomy." Brain Cogn 35.1 (October 1997): 85-109. Full Text

Hyder, F, Phelps, EA, Wiggins, CJ, Labar, KS, Blamire, AM, and Shulman, RG. ""Willed action": a functional MRI study of the human prefrontal cortex during a sensorimotor task." Proc Natl Acad Sci U S A 94.13 (June 24, 1997): 6989-6994.

LaBar, KS, LeDoux, JE, Spencer, DD, and Phelps, EA. "Impaired fear conditioning following unilateral temporal lobectomy in humans." J Neurosci 15.10 (October 1995): 6846-6855.