EBI 2019 Distinguished Scientist Lecture - March 8, 2019 (Friday)

Dr. Hakwan Lau, from UCLA and University of Hong Kong will present: "The Unconscious Basis of Conscious Emotion" in Smilow Seminar Room @ NYU Langone Medical Center (550 First Ave - Follow the Yellow Pathway) Lecture starts at 4pm; Reception to follow in Smilow Cafe

Emotional Brain Institute lecture on April 4, 2018 12:30pm

Dr. Pascale Gisquet, from the French National Center for Scientific Research, Neurosciences Paris-Saclay Institute(NeuroPSI) will present: "Memory Integration: an Alternative to the Consolidation/Reconsolidation Hypothesis" in Meyer Hall (4 Washington Place), Room 121, on April 4, 12:30pm

The 42nd Annual Winter Conference on the Neurobiology of Learning and Memory

Dr. Chris Cain will have an upcoming talk at The 42nd Annual Winter Conference on the Neurobiology of Learning and Memory (January 4-7, 2018; Park City, Utah)
Title: Parsing neural circuits of outcome-dependent vs. habitual avoidance: a critical role for safety signals

Details about logistics and the program session
Dr. Chris Cain will Chair 2016 SFN symposium: Moving From Pavlovian ‘Fear’ Conditioning to Active Avoidance

Moving From Pavlovian ‘Fear' Conditioning to Active Avoidance - Christopher K. Cain

Chair: Christopher K Cain, PhD New York University School of Medicine

Co-Chair: Gregory J Quirk, PhD University of Puerto Rico School of Medicine

Date & Time: Tuesday, November 15, 2016 1:30pm - 4pm

Location: SDCC 6B CME: 2.5

In the active avoidance paradigm (AA), subjects learn to emit actions that escape threats and prevent harm. AA research stalled in the 1970s, partly because psychologists disagreed intensely over the reinforcement mechanisms and nature of avoidance responding (operant vs. respondent). However, recent work has shed new light on the distinction between AA and fear conditioning brain circuits. This session will detail this progress and discuss the role of AA in human anxiety disorders such as obsessive-compulsive disorder.

Anxious with Joseph LeDoux + Mark Epstein at The Rubin Museum of Art - 7:00 - 8:30 PM, July 15, 2015

ANXIOUS WITH JOSEPH LEDOUX + MARK EPSTEIN: In conversation with psychiatrist Mark Epstein, neuroscientist Joseph LeDoux tells us why in his latest book ANXIOUS: Using the Brain to Understand and Treat Fear and Anxiety.

ANXIOUS: Using the Brain to Understand and Treat Fear and Anxiety. Joe's new book and Anxious (The CD) are released today- July 14th, 2015

Anxious the book and Anxious the CD are born today - July 14, 2015. The book offers a new view of fear, anxiety and other emotions, and how problems with fear anxiety can be more effectively treated. The CD explores some of the same psychological themes of the book, but through music. The book is published by Viking (Rick Kot, editor) and the CD was recorded at Cowboy Technical Services Recording Rig (Eric Ambel, producer, Mario Viele , engineer). Cover art by Colin Webber at Viking and CD Design by Amanda Thorpe. Purchasers of the book receive a free download of themusic (download code in the Preface).

April 22, 2015 - 3rd Annual EBI Distinguished Scientific Lecture by Dr. Kerry Ressler

Kerry Ressler, MD, PhD

Investigator, Howard Hughes Medical Institute

Professor, Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences

Yerkes Research Center

Emory University

Disorders such as post-traumatic stress disorder, panic disorder and phobia manifest in ways that are consistent with an uncontrollable state of fear. Their development involves heredity, previous sensitizing experiences, association of aversive events with previous neutral stimuli, and inability to inhibit or extinguish fear after it is chronic and disabling. I will highlight recent progress in fear learning and memory, differential genetic susceptibility to disorders of fear, and how these findings are being applied to the understanding, treatment and possible prevention of fear disorders. Promising advances are being translated from basic science to the clinic, including approaches to distinguish risk versus resilience before trauma exposure, methods to interfere with fear development during memory consolidation after a trauma, and techniques to enhance extinction of chronic fear. Cutting edge approaches to understand the genetic and epigenetic regulation at a cell-type specific level within amygdala circuitry as it relates to fear extinction will also be discussed. It is hoped that this new knowledge will translate to more successful, neuroscientifically informed and rationally designed approaches to disorders of threat/fear regulation.

Upcoming lectures that will be held in the spring of 2015
  • Mon. Mar 30, 2015: Michael Fanselow, Ph.D, UCLA Psychology Department, Brain Research Institute: CNS seminar (More details to follow)
  • Tues. Mar 31, 2015: Michael Fanselow, Ph.D, UCLA Psychology Department, Brain Research Institute: Pioneers of the Emotional Brain Lecture at NKI (More details to follow)
  • Wed. Apr 22, 2015: Kerry Ressler, MD, PhD, Emory Psychiatry - Emory University: EBI Distinguished Scientist Lecture at NYU (More details to follow)
  • Thurs Apr 23, 2015: Sumantra "Shona" Chattarji, Ph.D, National Centre for Biological Sciences: EBI guest lecture at NYU (More details to follow)
Slideshow from the 3rd "Emotion in the Arts and Sciences"

Rosanne Cash recently joined Joe and Colin on stage at the NYU’s Global Center for Academic and Spiritual Life for the 3rd Annual Emotional Brain Institute Emotion in the Arts and Sciences Event.

The event was hosted by Judith Regan, host of Sirius-XM Stars Channel’s “The Judith Regan Show,” and will be broadcast soon. Details to follow. Joe and Colin performed ‘Inside of Me’ and ‘My Mind’s Eye’ and Rosanne Cash then joined them on stage to sing ‘Mind Over Matter’. Rosanne Cash then closed out the event with a few of her own songs.

The third EBI Annual " Emotion in the Arts and Sciences " - Nov 18, 2014

Emotion in the Arts and Sciences:  a roundtable discussion between Rosanne Cash and Joseph LeDoux, moderated by Judith Regan (host of Sirius-XM Stars Channel’s “The Judith Regan Show”).The event is free to the public with limited seating available. Doors will open at 6:30 p.m. Reservation is required, and a seat can be requested at For more information, call 212.998.3937. Reporters interested in attending must RSVP to James Devitt, deputy director for media relations, at 212.998.6808 or

When: Tues., Nov. 18, 7-8 p.m.

Where: NYU’s Global Center for Academic and Spiritual Life, Drand Hall, Room 573 Click the map here

Subways: A, B, C, D, E, F, or M (West 4th Street)

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Second Annual EBI Distinguished Scientific Lecture.

Rethinking Depression and its Treatment: Perspectives from Studies of Deep Brain Stimulation. Helen Mayberg MD; Emory University School of Medicine

When: March 10, 2014, at 5:30 pm

Where: 40 Washington Square South, Room 210

(Feb. 5, 2014) Don Wilson has received the Max Mozell Award for Outstanding Achievement in the Chemical Senses

Don Wilson has received Max Mozell Award for Outstanding Achievement in the Chemical Senses for 2015. Don is an affiliate of CNS and a member of the Emotional Brain Institute. He is also a Professor of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry at NYU Langone. His lab is at NKI. Congratulations, Don !

Brain, Mind, Meditation: An Event Sponsored by NYU's Emotional Brain Institute

On Tuesday September 17,2013 the Emotional Brain Institute will host "The Brain, the Mind, and Meditation,” a roundtable discussion featuring neuroscientist Richard Davidson and Buddhist scholar Robert Thurman at NYU’s Kimmel Center for University Life, Rosenthal Pavilion (60 Washington Square South, 10th Floor [at LaGuardia Place]). Judith Regan, host of Sirius-XM Stars Channel’s “The Judith Regan Show,” will moderate the session.
RSVP required:

Scientific American(Jan. 28, 2013)

Scientific American(Jan. 28, 2013): What Is Consciousness? Go to the video! - The Mind Body Problem: Joe‘s interview with Ned Block.

The Emotional Brain Institute presents the first annual EVENING OF EMOTION IN THE ARTS AND SCIENCES

On March 7, 2013, there will be an event featuring Ray Dolan, Philip Seymour Hoffman, and Tim Blake Nelson discussing emotion from the point of view of acting and science.
Seating is limited. Please RSVP to :

WHERE: NYU's Global Center for Academic and Spiritual Life 238 Thompson Street Grand Hall, 5th Floor

(Wed Feb 13, 2013) EBI social

(Wed Feb 13, 2013) EBI social from 5-7p in room 815 in Meyer Biuding at NYU. The purpose of this event was for the groups to become better acquainted and to spark potential collaborations.

(January 15th, 2013) The Emotional Brain: Nene Humphrey in dialogue with Joseph LeDoux

(January 15th, 2013) The Emotional Brain: Nene Humphrey in dialogue with Joseph LeDoux on January 15th at 7 p.m. at Proteus Gowanus.

First Annual Emotional Brain Institute Distinguished Scientist Lecture Wilson has received the Max Mozell Award for Outstanding Achievement in the Chemical Senses

Unraveling the Circuitry of the Emotional Brain Through Genetics
David Anderson, California Institute of Technology
Time: Monday, October 1, 2012
Lecture: Hemmerdinger Hall (Room 102), 4:30pm
Reception: Heights Alumni Lounge (Room 170), 6pm
Place: 31 Washington Place (Silver Center)
For additional information contact William Chang
212 998 3937

Unpacking Emotions: the Humanities and Sciences

Co- organized by the "TRANSITIONS" Center for International Research in the Humanities and Social Sciences and the Emotional Brain Institute, this conference inaugurates an interdisciplinary research program aimed at considering the nature of reason and emotions.

It will focus on the simple but fundamental question: "WHAT ARE EMOTIONS", from the perspectives of the HUMANITIES, SCIENCES and the ARTS.

Emilienne Baneth
Joseph Ledoux

8:30 a.m - 5 p.m., Friday September 23
8:30 a.m. - 4 p.m., Saturday September 24

At the Cultural Services of the French Embassy, 972 5th Ave, New York N.Y., 10075

To register, email :

View the Program and the Poster

Ode to Memory: A mini-series devoted to memory in cinema "events" Goes Here

A special movie night series with CNS Professor Yadin Dudai. The event is sponsored by the Memory in Brain Journal Club and The Emotional Brain Institute.