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, Reeck, C, Huettel, SA, and LaBar, KS. "Effects of induced moods on economic choices." Judgment and Decision Making 9.2 (January 1, 2014): 167-175.

Smoski, MJ, Labar, KS, and Steffens, DC. "Relative effectiveness of reappraisal and distraction in regulating emotion in late-life depression." American Journal of Geriatric Psychiatry 22.9 (January 1, 2014): 898-907. Full Text

Brown, VM, LaBar, KS, Haswell, CC, Gold, AL, Mid-Atlantic MIRECC Workgroup, , McCarthy, G, and Morey, RA. "Altered resting-state functional connectivity of basolateral and centromedial amygdala complexes in posttraumatic stress disorder." Neuropsychopharmacology : Official Publication of the American College of Neuropsychopharmacology 39.2 (January 2014): 351-359. Full Text Open Access Copy

Ritchey, M, Wing, EA, LaBar, KS, and Cabeza, R. "Neural similarity between encoding and retrieval is related to memory via hippocampal interactions." Cereb Cortex 23.12 (December 2013): 2818-2828. Full Text

Kragel, PA, and Labar, KS. "Multivariate pattern classification reveals autonomic and experiential representations of discrete emotions." Emotion (Washington, D.C.) 13.4 (August 2013): 681-690. Full Text

Zucker, N, Moskovich, A, Bulik, CM, Merwin, R, Gaddis, K, Losh, M, Piven, J, Wagner, HR, and LaBar, KS. "Perception of affect in biological motion cues in anorexia nervosa." Int J Eat Disord 46.1 (January 2013): 12-22. Full Text

Morey, RA, Gold, AL, LaBar, KS, Beall, SK, Brown, VM, Haswell, CC, Nasser, JD, Wagner, HR, McCarthy, G, and Mid-Atlantic MIRECC Workgroup, . "Amygdala volume changes in posttraumatic stress disorder in a large case-controlled veterans group." Archives of General Psychiatry 69.11 (November 2012): 1169-1178. Full Text Open Access Copy

Murty, VP, Labar, KS, and Adcock, RA. "Threat of punishment motivates memory encoding via amygdala, not midbrain, interactions with the medial temporal lobe." The Journal of Neuroscience : the Official Journal of the Society for Neuroscience 32.26 (June 2012): 8969-8976. Full Text

Reeck, C, LaBar, KS, and Egner, T. "Neural mechanisms mediating contingent capture of attention by affective stimuli." J Cogn Neurosci 24.5 (May 2012): 1113-1126. Full Text