Kevin S. LaBar
Director, Undergraduate Education (P&N)
Professor of Psychology and Neuroscience
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), machine learning, 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.
Neurocomputational Approaches to Emotion Representation awarded by National Institutes of Health (Principal Investigator). 2020 to 2024
Forgetting and Forgiving: Exploring the Connections Between Memory, Forgiveness and Reconciliation awarded by John Templeton Foundation (Co Investigator). 2021 to 2024
Identifying the Optimal Neural Target for Misophonia Interventions awarded by The REAM Foundation (Co Investigator). 2019 to 2022
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 Science, Engineering and the Humanities awarded by National Science Foundation (Co-Principal Investigator). 2014 to 2016
Faul, Leonard, and Kevin LaBar. “Emotional Memory in the Human Brain.” The Oxford Handbook of the Neurobiology of Learning and Memory, edited by Thomas J. Carew, Oxford University Press, 2020. Manual, doi:10.1093/oxfordhb/9780190069162.013.2. 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.
Wright, Rachael N., et al. “Psychosocial determinants of anxiety about the COVID-19 pandemic.” Journal of Health Psychology, Aug. 2021, p. 13591053211030980. Epmc, doi:10.1177/13591053211030981. Full Text
Neacsiu, Andrada, et al. Enhancing Cognitive Restructuring with Concurrent Repetitive Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation: A Transdiagnostic Randomized Controlled Trial. Jan. 2021. Epmc, doi:10.1101/2021.01.18.21250060. Full Text
Parikh, Natasha, et al. “Phenomenology of counterfactual thinking is dampened in anxious individuals.” Cognition & Emotion, vol. 34, no. 8, Dec. 2020, pp. 1737–45. Epmc, doi:10.1080/02699931.2020.1802230. Full Text
Powers, John P., et al. “Examining the Role of Lateral Parietal Cortex in Emotional Distancing Using TMS.” Cogn Affect Behav Neurosci, vol. 20, no. 5, Oct. 2020, pp. 1090–102. Pubmed, doi:10.3758/s13415-020-00821-5. Full Text Open Access Copy
Graner, John L., et al. “Extinction learning alters the neural representation of conditioned fear.” Cognitive, Affective & Behavioral Neuroscience, vol. 20, no. 5, Oct. 2020, pp. 983–97. Epmc, doi:10.3758/s13415-020-00814-4. Full Text
Lake, Jessica I., et al. “Corrigendum to "Emotional modulation of interval timing and time perception" [Neurosci. Biobehav. Rev. 64 (2016) 403-420].” Neuroscience and Biobehavioral Reviews, vol. 116, Sept. 2020, p. 182. Epmc, doi:10.1016/j.neubiorev.2020.04.027. Full Text
Faul, Leonard, et al. “Proximal threats promote enhanced acquisition and persistence of reactive fear-learning circuits.” Proc Natl Acad Sci U S A, vol. 117, no. 28, July 2020, pp. 16678–89. Pubmed, doi:10.1073/pnas.2004258117. Full Text
Morey, Rajendra A., et al. “Neural correlates of conceptual-level fear generalization in posttraumatic stress disorder.” Neuropsychopharmacology, vol. 45, no. 8, July 2020, pp. 1380–89. Pubmed, doi:10.1038/s41386-020-0661-8. Full Text
Powers, John P., et al. “Multivariate Patterns of Posterior Cortical Activity Differentiate Forms of Emotional Distancing.” Cerebral Cortex (New York, N.Y. : 1991), vol. 30, no. 5, May 2020, pp. 2766–76. Epmc, doi:10.1093/cercor/bhz273. Full Text
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.
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...