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Elizabeth Phelps, PhD
Silver Professor of Psychology and Neural Science; Laboratory Director, Department of Psychology; New York University, New York, New York
2 Riverside Circle, Roanoke, VA 24016
Animal models of fear learning provide a basis for understanding human fears. In her lecture, Dr. Phelps will explore how the neural mechanisms identified in animal models are consistent with human brain function, and she will extend that research to the complex learning situations more typical of human experience.
Dr. Phelps will also describe how fear—once acquired—can be diminished. She will explore the neural mechanisms underlying a range of techniques that can be used to diminish fear in humans, how they are affected by stress, and how fear might be more persistently inhibited by targeting memory reconsolidation.
A public reception will precede this event in the VTC Cafe at 5 p.m.
About the Speaker:
Elizabeth Phelps, PhD, is the Silver Professor of Psychology and Neural Science at New York University. Her research focuses on the cognitive neuroscience of emotion, learning, and memory. More specifically, her work investigates how human learning and memory are changed by emotion and the neural systems mediating their interactions. These ongoing projects are characterized by four topics: extending animal models of emotional learning to human behavior; emotion’s influence in episodic memory; the impact of emotion on perception, attention, and expression; and extending the basic mechanisms of emotional learning to social behavior, decision-making, and economics. Dr. Phelps earned her doctorate in psychology from Princeton University, with a specialty in cognition and cognitive neuroscience.