LaBar Lab

New Study from the Lab of Professor Kevin LaBar Reveals that Closer Threats Inspire a More Primitive Kind of Fear

Wednesday, July 1, 2020
Different use of brain circuits may help explain the tenacity of post-traumatic stress Published: June 29, 2020 in Duke Today by Karl Leif Bates DURHAM, N.C. – Your brain handles a perceived threat differently depending on how close it is to you. If it’s far away, you engage more... Read More »
brain cogs

Disrupted Focus and Lower Energy are the Brain’s Response to the Pandemic

Monday, June 22, 2020
It's Okay to Rest Your Brain -- Even in a Pandemic by Jonathan Black, published June 22, 2020  A small square of gray paint in Sofia Rydin-Gray’s home symbolizes her realization that being productive had taken on a whole new meaning during the COVID-19 pandemic. Sofia Rydin-Gray, right,... Read More »

Psychology & Neuroscience Department Creates Anti-Racist Task Force

Wednesday, June 17, 2020
On June 15, 2020, the Department of Psychology & Neuroscience announced the official creation of a faculty-led task force for planning and actions around diversity, inclusion, and climate. In a message to the community, department Chair Scott Huettel stated, "We are... Read More »
becoming human

Michael Tomasello Receives Eleanor Maccoby Award in Developmental Psychology

Tuesday, June 16, 2020
Professor Michael Tomasello has been selected as the 2021 recipient of the Eleanor Maccoby Award in Developmental Psychology for his book, Becoming Human: A Theory of Ontogeny.    The Maccoby Award is presented to the author of a book in the field of psychology that... Read More »

Navigating Cross-Racial Conversations in a Time of Civil Unrest

Friday, June 12, 2020
Everyone Is Talking About Race Right Now. But How And For How Long? By Stacia Brown & Anta Rao, June 11, 2020, Embodied Series, WUNC, The State of Things Sarah Gaither, Assistant Professor of Psychology and Neuroscience at Duke, discusses interracial conversations... Read More »
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Finding Comfort in Discomfort: How Children form Racist Attitudes and What Parents Can do to Prevent Racism

Sunday, June 7, 2020
Sarah Gaither, Assistant Professor of Psychology and Neuroscience, studies race, gender, identity development, stereotyping and social perceptions. In collaboration with May Ling Halim at California State University, Long Beach, as well as Kristina Olson at Princeton, Yarrow Dunham... Read More »

Professor Ahmad Hariri Reanalyzes Years of Functional MRI Data

Thursday, June 4, 2020
Studies of Brain Activity Aren't as Useful as Scientists Thought, By Karl Leif Bates, Published June 3, 2020  Hundreds of published studies over the last decade have claimed it's possible to predict an individual’s patterns of thoughts and feelings by scanning their brain in an MRI machine... Read More »
COVID-19 Research Grant Recipients

P&N Graduates Awarded Funding for Psychological Research Related to COVID-19

Thursday, June 4, 2020
In response to the changed research climate in the era of COVID-19, the Department of Psychology & Neuroscience put out a special call for Graduate/Postdoctoral Research Awards: Psychological Research related to COVID-19.  With generous support from The Charles... Read More »

Yin Lab Publishes Paper in Current Biology: Ventral Tegmental Dopamine Neurons Control the Impulse Vector during Motivated Behavior

Thursday, May 28, 2020
Members of the Yin Lab including Ryan Hughes, Konstantin Bakhurin, Elijah Petter, Glenn Watson, Namsoo Kim, Alexander Friedman, and Henry Yin have published a new paper on the functional significance of dopamine in the journal Current... Read More »

Psychology Alum Katherine Becker Receives Hillary Rodham Clinton Award for Peace and Reconciliation

Wednesday, May 20, 2020
The award gives Katherine Becker the opportunity to study global security and borders at Queen’s University Belfast beginning in fall 2020. By Carla Burkhard / Office of Scholars and Fellows, Duke University, Published May 19, 2020 Duke alumna Katherine Becker,... Read More »