The Phelps lab investigates human learning and memory and its relation to emotion. We use a cognitive neuroscience approach in which we attempt to discover the neural systems involved in these behaviors. Most of our studies use a combination of techniques including behavioral assessments, psychophysiological responses, brain activation assessed with functional magnetic resonance imaging, and the investigation of patients with brain lesions. By combining these techniques we hope to achieve a more complete understanding of the complex interactions between learning, emotion and the human brain. Our research has investigated a wide range of behaviors related to emotional learning including implicit and explicit memory, attention, and social responses.

Our lab is part of the NYU Center for Neuroeconomics which combines the fields of psychology, neuroscience and economics to focus on the study of decision making.

See a list of our current studies