16th Annual Neuropsychology Research Day

16th  Annual Neuropsychology Research Day at Queens College, CUNY


“Mechanisms of Threat Control”

Elizabeth A. Phelps, Ph.D.
Julius Silver Professor of Psychology and Neural Science, NYU

TIME: Keynote Address: 1:00PM-2:00PM
Conference: 10:00AM-5:00PM
15-minute Neuropsychology/Neuroscience talks
Break for lunch 12PM-1PM

VENUE: Queens College, 65-30 Kissena Blvd, Flushing, NY 11367
Benjamin S. Rosenthal Library, Auditorium, Room 230 (ground floor)

Free and open to the public



Animal models of associative threat learning provide a basis for understanding human fears and anxiety. Building on research from animal models, we explore a range of means maladaptive defensive responses can be diminished in humans. Extinction and emotion regulation, techniques adapted in cognitive behavioral therapy, can be used to control learned defensive responses via inhibitory signals from the ventromedial prefrontal cortex to the amygdala. One drawback of these techniques is that these responses are only inhibited and can return, with one factor being stress. Dr. Phelps will review research examining the lasting control of maladaptive defensive responses by targeting memory reconsolidation and present evidence suggesting that the behavioral interference of reconsolidation in humans diminishes involvement of the prefrontal cortex inhibitory circuitry, although there are limitations to its efficacy. She will also describe two novel behavioral techniques that might result in a more lasting fear reduction, the first by providing control over stressor and the second by substituting a novel, neutral cue for the aversive unconditioned stimulus.

About the Speaker

Elizabeth A. Phelps, PhD, received her doctorate from Princeton University in 1989, was a faculty member at Yale University and moved to New York University in 1999 where she is currently the Julius Silver Professor of Psychology and Neural Science. Dr. Phelps is a Fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, and the American Association for the Advancement of Science. Among her many awards is the 21st Century Scientist Award from the James S. McDonnell Foundation as well as a Distinguished Teacher Award. Dr. Phelps was the President of the Society for Neuroeconomics, the Association for Psychological Science, the Society for Social and Affective Neuroscience, and served as the editor of the journal Emotion.

Dr. Phelps is a global leader in research in the interactions between the cognitive neuroscience of emotion, learning and memory. Her primary focus has been to understand how human learning and memory are changed by emotion and to investigate the neural systems mediating their interactions. This has led to work on emotion/memory and perception, attention, social behavior, decision making, and economics.

Neuropsychology Research Day

Queens College of The City University of New York hosts an annual Neuropsychology Research conference, which provides a forum for students and faculty to present their latest and most exciting research, and fosters collaborations across laboratories.

Talks will start at 10:00AM and run throughout the day with a lunch break from 12:00-1:00.  The KEYNOTE ADDRESS will be 1:00-2:00.  Each talk is about 15 minutes, presented by graduate students and faculty in field of Neuropsychology and Neuroscience.  Come for all or part of the event.

All are welcome. Undergraduates and Master’s students interested in Neuropsychology and Neuroscience research at Queens College are particularly encouraged to attend.  The conference is free and open to the public; no registration necessary.

For more information, please contact Dr. Carolyn Pytte:

Benjamin S. Rosenthal Library location

Queens College campus: 65-30 Kissena Boulevard, Flushing NY, 11367


Past Research Day Programs:

2003 2004 2005 2006 2007 2008 2009 2010
2011 2012 2013 2014 2015 2016 2018 2019