Research in this laboratory 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), 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.

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Lab news & announcements

Lab alumnus John Powers’ paper investigating the role of the parietal cortex in emotional distancing using TMS was accepted for publication at Cognitive, Affective, & Behavioral Neuroscience.

Lab alumna Natasha Parikh’s paper on counterfactual thinking in anxious individuals has been posted on-line at Cognition & Emotion (see attached).

The lab has received a new NIH R01 grant that uses machine learning and computational modeling to decode emotions from fMRI and psychophysiological signals!

The lab is participating in a grant funded by the REAM foundation to pilot the use of fMRI-guided TMS as an intervention in misophonia (led by Andrada Neasciu in Psychiatry)!

Lab alumnus Phil Kragel has started a tenure-track professor position at Emory University. Congratulations, Dr. Kragel!

Dr. LaBar was nominated to be a standing Panel Member of the NIH Study Section on Mechanisms of Emotion, Stress, and Health.

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