Dr. Kevin LaBar / Director

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    Dr. Kevin LaBar graduated Summa Cum Laude from Lafayette College, where he received his B.A. in Mathematics and Psychology in 1990. In 1996, he completed his Ph.D. in Neural Science at New York University's Center for Neural Science. From 1996-1997, he was a postdoctoral associate at Yale University in the Department of Psychology. He served as Instructor in the Cognitive Neurology and Alzheimer's Disease Center at Northwestern University Medical School from 1997-1999. In 1999, Dr. LaBar joined Duke University as an Assistant Professor. He was promoted to Associate Professor with tenure in 2006, and again to Full Professor in 2010. His primary appointment is in the Department of Psychology & Neuroscience and the Center for Cognitive Neuroscience. He maintains a secondary appointment in the Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Science at Duke University Medical Center. He has received several academic honors and awards, including the Scholar of the Year Award from the Lafayette College Alumni Association, two Young Investigator Awards from the National Alliance for Research on Schizophrenia and Depression, a Ralph E. Powe Junior Faculty Enhancement Award from Oak Ridge Associated Universities, the Young Investigator Award from the Cognitive Neuroscience Society, and a CAREER award from the National Science Foundation. He served as an Associate Editor for the journal Cognitive, Affective, and Behavioral Neuroscience from 2005-2007. He is currently the Head of the Cognition and Cognitive Neuroscience Program in the Department of Psychology & Neuroscience. Dr. LaBar's research is funded by the National Institutes of Health and the National Science Foundation. His research uses neuroimaging, psychophysiological, and behavioral methods to understand cognition-emotion interactions in the human brain. He has lectured on topics in social and affective neuroscience as well as the cognitive neuroscience of learning and memory.


 

Leonard Faul / Student

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    Leonard Faul is a PhD student who entered through the Cognitive Neuroscience Admitting Program. He received a B.S. in psychology and biology from the University of Louisville in 2017, where he also worked as a research assistant in the Neuroimaging Laboratory of Cognitive, Affective, and Motoric Processes. He currently works with Kevin LaBar and Felipe De Brigard to investigate the interaction of emotional experiences with memory consolidation and modification.


 

Rachael Wright / Student

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    Rachael Wright is a Cognitive Neuroscience PhD student who entered through the Cognitive Neuroscience Admitting Program (CNAP). She received her B.S. in Psychology (Psychobiology emphasis) from Santa Clara University in 2015. After graduation, she worked as a Clinical Research Coordinator in Dr. Amit Etkin's lab at Stanford University until coming to Duke in 2018. Now jointly advised by Kevin LaBar and Alison Adcock, she studies questions at the intersection of affective neuroscience and learning.


 

Daniel Parr / Student

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    Daniel Parr is a PhD student in the Psychology and Neuroscience department. He received a B.A. in Psychology from New College of Florida in 2019. After graduation, he worked as a lab manager for the Developmental Personality Neuroscience Lab at Penn State and UNC-Chapel Hill. His research interests include affective experience, human neuroscience, and interactions between affect and valuation.

 

Jason Zhang / Student

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    Jason Zhang is an undergraduate student studying neuroscience and computer science. He is interested in how neural and social factors influence the perception of internal emotions and personality, and he hopes to attend medical school in the future. To relax, he likes to read fiction and play tennis with his friends.



 

John Graner / Staff

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    Dr. Graner's education and training is in medical image analysis. He graduated from Carleton College in Northfield, MN with a BA in Physics in 2003 and then attended graduate school at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, receiving a Ph.D. in Medical Physics in 2009. His graduate school research focused on the development of kinetic modeling methods for various Positron Emission Tomography (PET) tracers. Immediately following graduate school Dr. Graner became a post-doctoral fellow with the National Capital Neuroimaging Consortium (NCNC) in Bethesda, MD. At the NCNC he worked on the analysis of task-related and resting state functional magnetic resonance imaging (fMRI) data from active duty US military personnel with chronic symptomology following exposure to traumatic brain injury (TBI). In 2011 Dr. Graner started as a research scientist at the National Intrepid Center of Excellence (NICoE) on the Walter Reed National Military Medical Center in Bethesda, continuing his work with fMRI and TBI. He joined the LaBar lab in 2014 and has been applying his experience with fMRI to the study of emotional processing, including the use of multivariate data analysis techniques to investigate related changes in brain activity patterns. Dr. Graner is also currently collecting and analyzing the neuroimaging data associated with the EMERALD project.


 

Mary Baumann / Staff

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    Mary Baumann received her B.S. in Cognitive Science from Yale University in 2020, where she worked as a research assistant in the Cognition and Development Lab. She joined the LaBar Lab in October 2020 as the laboratory manager. She is interested in using neuroimaging methods to investigate how affect and cognition interact and change across the lifespan.