Levine Science Research Center

  The Laboratory for Emotion and Cognition contains approximately 1000 sq ft of space and is housed within the Center for Cognitive Neuroscience at Duke University. The laboratory is divided into a common computing space for data analysis, additional office space for lab personnel, and a separate Recording Laboratory containing rooms for neuropsychological testing and psychophysiological recording. Adjacent laboratory space in the Center houses a 128-channel EEG recording system, and fMRI is conducted in the neighboring Brain Imaging and Analysis Center at Duke University Medical Center.

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Laboratory Address:

Center for Cognitive Neuroscience
B104 LSRC Building, Research Dr.
Box 90999
Durham, NC 27708-0999

In the News

2014 to Present

May, 2020 Dr. LaBar was quoted in Discover Magazine on how anxiety influences time perception during the coronavirus outbreak, which was based in part on Jessica Lake’s dissertation in the lab.
December, 2016 "Keystone Article: Seven glimpses into the emotional brain,"PLOS Biology: Open Highlights series
November, 2016 "Six émotions peuvent se lire dans le cerveau,"Science et Vie
October, 2016 "A neural code for emotion,"PLOS Neuroscience Community
October, 2016 "This is what emotions look like in your brain,"CNN.com
September, 2016 "Our brains still light up with emotions when we relax, study finds,"Mashable.com
February, 2016 "In PTSD, brain overreacts to cues not directly linked to negative experiences,"Brain & Behavior Research Foundation (bbrfoundation.org/ptsd)
June, 2015 National Science Foundation’s Mysteries of the Brain video series (June 10, 2015), NBC Learn
February, 2015 "DWe’re all susceptible to false memories," USA Today
2015 "Book review: Principles of Cognitive Neuroscience, 2nd Ed," Yale Journal of Biology and Medicine,88 102
November, 2014 "Code yellow," Outside Magazine
October, 2014 "How science can help you overcome scary movies," Theweek.com
October, 2014 "Be afraid: We have nothing to fear but fear itself," National Public Radio: On Point
April, 2014 "How trusting instincts can make trouble for teens," PsychCentral News
April, 2014 "What makes teens terrible: Scientists find brain 'disconnect' causes emotional outbursts and bad behavior," The Daily Mail (UK)

1997 to 2013

March, 2013 "The madness of March: Why the ‘Big Dance’ may affect fans’ minds more than other sports. ,"Theverge.com
November, 2012 "For men, election is like big game,"Wall Street Journal.
2012 "A feeling for the past: Emotion engraves the brain with vivid recollections but cleverly distorts your brain’s record of what really took place,"Scientific American Mind, 22, 24-31
February, 2010 The Kevin White radio show.
2010 "Machismo mayhem," Scientific American, 302, 24
2010 "Meeting your match: Feelings of rivalry can change our thoughts and behavior," Scientific American Mind, 21, 42-45
2009 "Commentary on Morey et al. (2009): Improving the reliability of manual and automated methods for hippocampal and amygdala volume measurements," Neuroimage, 48, 497-498
November 2009 "Book review: Principles of Cognitive Neuroscience," Journal of the American Medical Association, 301, 550-551
November 2009 Election results can impact physiology in male voters, News 14 Carolina broadcast (news14.com)
October 2009 Interview of postdoc Steven Stanton National Public Radio: The State of Things.
October 2009 "Everything is illuminated," New York Times (krugman.blogs.nytimes.com).
2008 "Book review: Cognitive neuroscience: New kids on the block?," Nature Neuroscience, 11, 621
August 2006 Fear conditioning and renewal study in the virtual reality environment (DiVE) at Duke. UNC-TV interview with Nicole Huff, Ph.D. by Claire Matthews. UNC-NOW. Aired August 18th, 2006.
May-June, 2005 "Deep in the heart of memory: Factoring fear," Duke Magazine, 91
March, 2005 "Why the brain remembers emotional memories," Dialogue, 19, March 11, 2005
December, 2004 "Emotional learning holds up with age," Monitor on Psychology, American Psychological Association, 35, 18-19
October, 2004 "Halloween 'fun' fear --it's all in your head," Sacramento Bee, October 29, 2004
September-October 2004 "Fear, conditioning, and aging: Theoretical comment on LaBar et al. (2004)," Behavioral Neuroscience, 118, 1137-1139
September-October 2004 "Building memories," Duke Magazine, 90
July, 2003 "Remembering People: Neuroimaging Takes On the Real World," Learning and Memory, 10 240-241
October, 2002 "Scientists find molecular path to fear," United Press International Science News, October 15, 2002
September, 2002 "Study: Emotion and attention linked," The Chronicle, September 6, 2002
August, 2002 "A brain path for emotions," Dialogue, 17, August 30, 2002
August, 2002 "Pathways of emotions through the brain," Inside, 11, August 26, 2002
August, 2002 "MRI studies provide new insight into how emotions interfere with staying focused," News Release, August 19, 2002
October, 2001 "Classical Music's Calming Effect May Help," The Chronicle,, October 11, 2001
March, 2001 "Eavesdropping on the brain," Duke Magazine, 87, March-April 2001
June, 1998 "A new image for fear and emotion," Nature, 393, June 4, 1998
November, 1997 "Brain 'watchdog' alerts people to danger," Chicago Tribune, November 21, 1997

Participate in Neuroscience Research

  If you would like to participate in research being conducted by the LaBar lab, select the link below. It will lead you to the laboratory's email address (labarlab@duke.edu) where you will be in contact with one of the researchers running experiments in the lab.

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