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APS Convention

2015 APS Convention
May 21–24, 2015 | New York Marriott Marquis | New York, NY
Psi Chi Distinguished Lecturer

Changing Fear

How do we control fears? Extinction and emotion regulation can be used to control fear via inhibitory signals from the prefrontal cortex to the amygdala. One drawback of these techniques is that fears can return. A more lasting technique may be to target the fear memory itself through influencing reconsolidation.

Elizabeth Phelps, PhD
New York University

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Elizabeth A. Phelps received her PhD from Princeton University, served on the faculty of Yale University (CT), and is currently the Julius Silver Professor of Psychology and Neural Science at New York University. Her laboratory has earned widespread acclaim for its groundbreaking research on how the human brain processes emotion, particularly as it relates to learning, memory, and decision making. Dr. Phelps is the recipient of the 21st Century Scientist Award from the James S. McDonnell Foundation and a fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science, the Society for Experimental Psychology, and the American Academy of Arts and Sciences. She has served on the Board of Directors of the Association for Psychological Science, the Society for Neuroeconomics, and was a founding board member of the Society for Neuroethics. She has previously served as the President of the Society for Neuroeconomics and the editor of the journal Emotion. She is currently the immediate past-president for the Association for Psychological Science and the incoming President for the Society of Affective and Social Neuroscience.




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