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

Stanton, SJ, Mullette-Gillman, OA, McLaurin, RE, Kuhn, CM, LaBar, KS, Platt, ML, and Huettel, SA. "Low- and high-testosterone individuals exhibit decreased aversion to economic risk." Psychol Sci 22.4 (April 2011): 447-453. Full Text

Winecoff, A, Labar, KS, Madden, DJ, Cabeza, R, and Huettel, SA. "Cognitive and neural contributors to emotion regulation in aging." Soc Cogn Affect Neurosci 6.2 (April 2011): 165-176. Full Text

Ritchey, M, LaBar, KS, and Cabeza, R. "Level of processing modulates the neural correlates of emotional memory formation." J Cogn Neurosci 23.4 (April 2011): 757-771. Full Text

Murty, VP, Ritchey, M, Adcock, RA, and LaBar, KS. "Reprint of: fMRI studies of successful emotional memory encoding: a quantitative meta-analysis." Neuropsychologia 49.4 (March 2011): 695-705. Full Text

Hallahan, B, Newell, J, Soares, JC, Brambilla, P, Strakowski, SM, Fleck, DE, Kieseppä, T, Altshuler, LL, Fornito, A, Malhi, GS, McIntosh, AM, Yurgelun-Todd, DA, Labar, KS, Sharma, V, MacQueen, GM, Murray, RM, and McDonald, C. "Structural magnetic resonance imaging in bipolar disorder: an international collaborative mega-analysis of individual adult patient data." Biol Psychiatry 69.4 (February 15, 2011): 326-335. Full Text

Dunsmoor, JE, White, AJ, and LaBar, KS. "Conceptual similarity promotes generalization of higher order fear learning. (Published online)" Learn Mem 18.3 (2011): 156-160. Full Text

Zucker, NL, Green, S, Morris, JP, Kragel, P, Pelphrey, KA, Bulik, CM, and LaBar, KS. "Neural signaling of mixed messages during a social exchange." Neuroreport 22 (2011): 413-418. (Academic Article)

Huff, NC, Hernandez, JA, Fecteau, ME, Zielinski, DJ, Brady, R, and Labar, KS. "Revealing context-specific conditioned fear memories with full immersion virtual reality. (Published online)" Front Behav Neurosci 5 (2011): 75-. Full Text Open Access Copy