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

Dunsmoor, JE, Martin, A, and LaBar, KS. "Role of conceptual knowledge in learning and retention of conditioned fear." Biol Psychol 89.2 (February 2012): 300-305. Full Text

Prince, SE, Thomas, LA, Kragel, PA, and LaBar, KS. "Fear-relevant outcomes modulate the neural correlates of probabilistic classification learning." Neuroimage 59.1 (January 2, 2012): 695-707. Full Text

Ritchey, M, Wing, E, LaBar, KS, and Cabeza, R. "Cortical reactivation predicts memory success for individual items via hippocampal interactions." Cerebral Cortex in press (2012). (Academic Article)

Dennis, NA, Cabeza, R, Need, AC, Waters-Metenier, S, Goldstein, DB, and LaBar, KS. "Brain-derived neurotrophic factor val66met polymorphism and hippocampal activation during episodic encoding and retrieval tasks." Hippocampus 21.9 (September 2011): 980-989. Full Text

Cain, MS, Dunsmoor, JE, LaBar, KS, and Mitroff, SR. "Anticipatory anxiety hinders detection of a second target in dual-target search." Psychol Sci 22.7 (July 2011): 866-871. Full Text

Smoski, MJ, Salsman, N, Wang, L, Smith, V, Lynch, TR, Dager, SR, LaBar, KS, and Linehan, MM. "Functional imaging of emotion reactivity in opiate-dependent borderline personality disorder." Personal Disord 2.3 (July 2011): 230-241. Full Text

LaBar, KS. "Cracking the almond (Commentary on Prévost et al.)." Eur J Neurosci 34.1 (July 2011): 133-. Full Text

Zucker, NL, Green, S, Morris, JP, Kragel, P, Pelphrey, KA, Bulik, CM, and LaBar, KS. "Hemodynamic signals of mixed messages during a social exchange." Neuroreport 22.9 (June 22, 2011): 413-418. Full Text

Hayes, JP, LaBar, KS, McCarthy, G, Selgrade, E, Nasser, J, Dolcos, F, VISN 6 Mid-Atlantic MIRECC workgroup, , and Morey, RA. "Reduced hippocampal and amygdala activity predicts memory distortions for trauma reminders in combat-related PTSD." J Psychiatr Res 45.5 (May 2011): 660-669. Full Text Open Access Copy

Dunsmoor, JE, Prince, SE, Murty, VP, Kragel, PA, and LaBar, KS. "Neurobehavioral mechanisms of human fear generalization." Neuroimage 55.4 (April 15, 2011): 1878-1888. Full Text