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

Hoscheidt, SM, LaBar, KS, Ryan, L, Jacobs, WJ, and Nadel, L. "Encoding negative events under stress: high subjective arousal is related to accurate emotional memory despite misinformation exposure." Neurobiol Learn Mem 112 (July 2014): 237-247. Full Text

Lake, JI, LaBar, KS, and Meck, WH. "Hear it playing low and slow: how pitch level differentially influences time perception." Acta psychologica 149 (June 2014): 169-177. Full Text

Kragel, PA, and LaBar, KS. "Advancing emotion theory with multivariate pattern classification." Emotion review : journal of the International Society for Research on Emotion 6.2 (April 2014): 160-174. Full Text

Green, SR, Kragel, PA, Fecteau, ME, and LaBar, KS. "Development and validation of an unsupervised scoring system (Autonomate) for skin conductance response analysis." Int J Psychophysiol 91.3 (March 2014): 186-193. Full Text

Brown, VM, Strauss, JL, LaBar, KS, Gold, AL, McCarthy, G, and Morey, RA. "Acute effects of trauma-focused research procedures on participant safety and distress." Psychiatry Research 215.1 (January 30, 2014): 154-158. Full Text Open Access Copy

Stanton, SJ, Reeck, C, Huettel, SA, and LaBar, KS. "Effects of induced moods on economic choices." Judgment and Decision Making 9.2 (January 1, 2014): 167-175.

Smoski, MJ, Labar, KS, and Steffens, DC. "Relative effectiveness of reappraisal and distraction in regulating emotion in late-life depression." American Journal of Geriatric Psychiatry 22.9 (January 1, 2014): 898-907. Full Text

Brown, VM, LaBar, KS, Haswell, CC, Gold, AL, Mid-Atlantic MIRECC Workgroup, , McCarthy, G, and Morey, RA. "Altered resting-state functional connectivity of basolateral and centromedial amygdala complexes in posttraumatic stress disorder." Neuropsychopharmacology 39.2 (January 2014): 351-359. Full Text Open Access Copy

Ritchey, M, Wing, EA, LaBar, KS, and Cabeza, R. "Neural similarity between encoding and retrieval is related to memory via hippocampal interactions." Cereb Cortex 23.12 (December 2013): 2818-2828. Full Text


Spatiotemporal Dynamics of Emotional Memory Networks awarded by National Institutes of Health (Principal Investigator). 2001 to 2007