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

Huff, NC, Hernandez, JA, Blanding, NQ, and LaBar, KS. "Delayed extinction attenuates conditioned fear renewal and spontaneous recovery in humans." Behav Neurosci 123.4 (August 2009): 834-843. Full Text

Dunsmoor, JE, Mitroff, SR, and LaBar, KS. "Generalization of conditioned fear along a dimension of increasing fear intensity. (Published online)" Learn Mem 16.7 (July 2009): 460-469. Full Text

Morey, RA, Dolcos, F, Petty, CM, Cooper, DA, Hayes, JP, LaBar, KS, and McCarthy, G. "The role of trauma-related distractors on neural systems for working memory and emotion processing in posttraumatic stress disorder." J Psychiatr Res 43.8 (May 2009): 809-817. Full Text

Pannu Hayes, J, Labar, KS, Petty, CM, McCarthy, G, and Morey, RA. "Alterations in the neural circuitry for emotion and attention associated with posttraumatic stress symptomatology." Psychiatry Res 172.1 (April 30, 2009): 7-15. Full Text

Morey, RA, Petty, CM, Xu, Y, Hayes, JP, Wagner, HR, Lewis, DV, LaBar, KS, Styner, M, and McCarthy, G. "A comparison of automated segmentation and manual tracing for quantifying hippocampal and amygdala volumes." Neuroimage 45.3 (April 15, 2009): 855-866. Full Text

Fichtenholtz, HM, Hopfinger, JB, Graham, R, Detwiler, JM, and LaBar, KS. "Event-related potentials reveal temporal staging of dynamic facial expression and gaze shift effects on attentional orienting." Soc Neurosci 4.4 (2009): 317-331. Full Text

Wang, L, LaBar, KS, Smoski, M, Rosenthal, MZ, Dolcos, F, Lynch, TR, Krishnan, RR, and McCarthy, G. "Prefrontal mechanisms for executive control over emotional distraction are altered in major depression." Psychiatry Res 163.2 (July 15, 2008): 143-155. Full Text

St Jacques, P, Rubin, DC, LaBar, KS, and Cabeza, R. "The short and long of it: neural correlates of temporal-order memory for autobiographical events." J Cogn Neurosci 20.7 (July 2008): 1327-1341. Full Text Open Access Copy