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

Doty, TJ, Payne, ME, Steffens, DC, Beyer, JL, Krishnan, KRR, and LaBar, KS. "Age-dependent reduction of amygdala volume in bipolar disorder." Psychiatry Res 163.1 (May 30, 2008): 84-94. Full Text

Morey, RA, Petty, CM, Cooper, DA, Labar, KS, and McCarthy, G. "Neural systems for executive and emotional processing are modulated by symptoms of posttraumatic stress disorder in Iraq War veterans." Psychiatry Res 162.1 (January 15, 2008): 59-72. Full Text

Daselaar, SM, Rice, HJ, Greenberg, DL, Cabeza, R, LaBar, KS, and Rubin, DC. "The spatiotemporal dynamics of autobiographical memory: neural correlates of recall, emotional intensity, and reliving." Cereb Cortex 18.1 (January 2008): 217-229. Full Text Open Access Copy

Fichtenholtz, HM, Hopfinger, JB, Graham, R, Detwiler, JM, and LaBar, KS. "Happy and fearful emotion in cues and targets modulate event-related potential indices of gaze-directed attentional orienting." Soc Cogn Affect Neurosci 2.4 (December 2007): 323-333. Full Text

Zucker, NL, Losh, M, Bulik, CM, LaBar, KS, Piven, J, and Pelphrey, KA. "Anorexia nervosa and autism spectrum disorders: guided investigation of social cognitive endophenotypes." Psychol Bull 133.6 (November 2007): 976-1006. (Review) Full Text

Thomas, LA, De Bellis, MD, Graham, R, and LaBar, KS. "Development of emotional facial recognition in late childhood and adolescence." Dev Sci 10.5 (September 2007): 547-558. Full Text

Pelphrey, KA, Morris, JP, McCarthy, G, and Labar, KS. "Perception of dynamic changes in facial affect and identity in autism." Soc Cogn Affect Neurosci 2.2 (June 2007): 140-149. Full Text

Dillon, DG, Ritchey, M, Johnson, BD, and LaBar, KS. "Dissociable effects of conscious emotion regulation strategies on explicit and implicit memory." Emotion 7.2 (May 2007): 354-365. Full Text

Schmajuk, NA, Larrauri, JA, and Labar, KS. "Reinstatement of conditioned fear and the hippocampus: an attentional-associative model." Behav Brain Res 177.2 (February 27, 2007): 242-253. Full Text