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
Harris, Adrianne A., et al. “The central role of disgust in disorders of food avoidance..” Int J Eat Disord, vol. 52, no. 5, May 2019, pp. 543–53. Pubmed, doi:10.1002/eat.23047. Full Text
Powers, John P., and Kevin S. LaBar. “Regulating emotion through distancing: A taxonomy, neurocognitive model, and supporting meta-analysis..” Neuroscience and Biobehavioral Reviews, vol. 96, Jan. 2019, pp. 155–73. Epmc, doi:10.1016/j.neubiorev.2018.04.023. Full Text
Chen, Lyon W., et al. “Smaller hippocampal CA1 subfield volume in posttraumatic stress disorder..” Depress Anxiety, vol. 35, no. 11, Nov. 2018, pp. 1018–29. Pubmed, doi:10.1002/da.22833. Full Text
Wing, Erik A., et al. “Neural mechanisms underlying subsequent memory for personal beliefs:An fMRI study..” Cognitive, Affective & Behavioral Neuroscience, vol. 18, no. 2, Apr. 2018, pp. 216–31. Epmc, doi:10.3758/s13415-018-0563-y. Full Text
Sun, Delin, et al. “Brain Structural Covariance Network Topology in Remitted Posttraumatic Stress Disorder..” Front Psychiatry, vol. 9, 2018. Pubmed, doi:10.3389/fpsyt.2018.00090. Full Text
Hall, Shana A., et al. “Neural responses to emotional involuntary memories in posttraumatic stress disorder: Differences in timing and activity..” Neuroimage. Clinical, vol. 19, Jan. 2018, pp. 793–804. Epmc, doi:10.1016/j.nicl.2018.05.009. Full Text
Li, Dawei, et al. “Adolescent development of insula-dependent interoceptive regulation..” Dev Sci, vol. 20, no. 5, Sept. 2017. Pubmed, doi:10.1111/desc.12438. Full Text
Murty, Vishnu P., et al. “Distinct medial temporal networks encode surprise during motivation by reward versus punishment..” Neurobiol Learn Mem, vol. 134 Pt A, Oct. 2016, pp. 55–64. Pubmed, doi:10.1016/j.nlm.2016.01.018. Full Text
Dowd, Emma Wu, et al. “Fear generalization gradients in visuospatial attention..” Emotion (Washington, D.C.), vol. 16, no. 7, Oct. 2016, pp. 1011–18. Epmc, doi:10.1037/emo0000197. Full Text
Byrne, J. H., et al. “Learning and Memory: Basic Mechanisms.” From Molecules to Networks: An Introduction to Cellular and Molecular Neuroscience: Third Edition, 2014, pp. 591–637. Scopus, doi:10.1016/B978-0-12-397179-1.00020-8. Full Text
Yamasaki, H., et al. “Dissociable Prefrontal Brain Systems for Attention and Emotion.” Social Neuroscience: Key Readings, 2013, pp. 43–52. Scopus, doi:10.4324/9780203496190. Full Text
Fichtenholtz, H. M., and K. S. LaBar. “Emotional Influences on Visuospatial Attention.” The Neuroscience of Attention: Attentional Control and Selection, 2012. Scopus, doi:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195334364.003.0012. Full Text
LaBar, K. S. “Imaging emotional influences on learning and memory.” Neuroimaging of Human Memory: Linking Cognitive Processes to Neural Systems, 2012. Scopus, doi:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199217298.003.0018. Full Text
Huff, N. C., and K. S. LaBar. “Generalization and specialization of conditioned learning.” Generalization of Knowledge: Multidisciplinary Perspectives, 2011, pp. 3–30. Scopus, doi:10.4324/9780203848036. Full Text
Dolcos, F., et al. “The Memory Enhancing Effect of Emotion: Functional Neuroimaging Evidence.” Memory and Emotion: Interdisciplinary Perspectives, 2008, pp. 105–34. Scopus, doi:10.1002/9780470756232.ch6. Full Text
LaBar, K. S., and J. E. LeDoux. “Fear and anxiety pathways.” Understanding Autism: From Basic Neuroscience to Treatment, 2006, pp. 133–54.
Morey, Rajendra, et al. “Fear Learning Circuitry in PTSD is Biased Toward Generalization of Conditioned Response.” Biological Psychiatry, vol. 75, no. 9, ELSEVIER SCIENCE INC, 2014, pp. 14S-14S.
Brown, Vanessa M., et al. “Resting State Connectivity Between Amygdalar Subregions and the Prefrontal Cortex is Disrupted in PTSD.” Biological Psychiatry, vol. 71, no. 8, ELSEVIER SCIENCE INC, 2012, pp. 307S-307S.
Morey, Rajendra A., et al. “Neural systems for executive and emotional processing are modulated by level of posttraumatic stress disorder symptoms in Iraq war veterans.” Biological Psychiatry, vol. 61, no. 8, ELSEVIER SCIENCE INC, 2007, pp. 182S-182S.
LaBar, Kevin S. “Integrating psychophysiology and fMRI to study attention and learning.” Psychophysiology, vol. 43, BLACKWELL PUBLISHING, 2006, pp. S12–S12.
Zorawski, M., et al. “Sex, stress, and fear: Individual differences in conditioned learning.” Journal of Cognitive Neuroscience, M I T PRESS, 2005, pp. 61–61.
Graham, R., and K. S. LaBar. “The Garner paradigm reveals asymmetric dependencies between facial emotional expression and gaze processing.” Journal of Cognitive Neuroscience, M I T PRESS, 2005, pp. 144–144.
Pelphrey, K. A., et al. “Perception of dynamic changes in facial expressions of emotion in autism.” Journal of Cognitive Neuroscience, M I T PRESS, 2005, pp. 63–63.
Neurobehavioral Mechanisms of Emotion Regulation in Depression across the Adult Lifespan awarded by National Institutes of Health (Co-Principal Investigator). 2017 to 2022
Neuromodulation Enhanced Cognitive Restructuring for Emotion Dysregulation: A Proof of Concept Study awarded by Brain and Behavior Research Foundation (Collaborator). 2016 to 2019
Contextual Influences on Fear Memories awarded by National Science Foundation (Principal Investigator). 2015 to 2018
Evaluating a Novel Method of Generalizing Emotion Regulation awarded by National Institutes of Health (Co Investigator). 2012 to 2017
A Compute Cluster for Brain Imaging and Analysis awarded by National Institutes of Health (Minor User). 2016 to 2017
Motivated Memory as Therapeutic Target awarded by National Institutes of Health (Co Investigator). 2011 to 2017
MRI: Acquisition of a High-Resolution Stereoscopic Interactive Visualization System for Research and Education in Scienc awarded by National Science Foundation (Co-Principal Investigator). 2014 to 2016
Multivariate Representations of Emotion awarded by National Institutes of Health (Principal Investigator). 2013 to 2016
Social Threat and Aging: Neural Mechanisms of Emotion Regulation awarded by National Institutes of Health (Co Investigator). 2009 to 2015
Brain Imaging Studies of Negative Reinforcement in Humans awarded by National Institutes of Health (Principal Investigator). 2009 to 2015
Multivariate pattern classification reveals biomarkers of distinct emotional states in the central and autonomic nervous systems. Workshop on Novel Approaches to Decode the Distributed Neural Representation of Emotions and Their Components. Organiza...