Institute of Mental Research
Institute of Mental Research

Joseph Dunsmoor


Ph.D., Duke University

Assistant Professor of Psychiatry

Interests


Research in Dr. Dunsmoor’s lab centers on how emotion and cognition interact to determine how we learn about and remember important events.

Biography


Dr. Joseph Dunsmoor is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Psychiatry at Dell Medical School at the University of Texas at Austin. Joseph received his PhD in Psychology & Neuroscience from Duke University in 2012 and completed a postdoc at New York University in 2017.  

Research in Dr. Dunsmoor’s lab centers on how emotion and cognition interact to determine how we learn about and remember important events. This research integrates a number of psychological and neuroscience disciplines, including Pavlovian conditioning, categorization, decision making, and episodic memory and incorporates fMRI, psychophysiology, and immersive virtual reality tools. Some research questions include (1) on what basis do we generalize from emotional experiences; (2) how do emotional experiences shape our memory; and (3) how do we overcome (or regulate) the unwanted psychological and physiological effects of negative experiences?

Dr. Dunsmoor’s lab seeks to bridge research from healthy adults to patients characterized by the inability to regulate fear and anxiety using translational cognitive neuroscience approaches. This research is funded in part by an R00 Pathway to Independence Award from NIMH.

Publications


Representative Publications

Dunsmoor JE, Kubota J, Li J, Coelho C, & Phelps EA (2016). Racial stereotypes impair flexibility of emotional learning. Social Cognitive & Affective Neuroscience, 11. 1363-1373.

Dunsmoor JE, Murty VP, Davachi L, & Phelps EA (2015).Emotional learning selectively and retroactively strengthens episodic memories for related events. Nature, 520, 345-348.

Dunsmoor JE, Niv Y, Daw N, & Phelps EA (2015). Rethinking extinction. Neuron, 88, 47-63.

Dunsmoor JE & Paz R (2015). Fear generalization and anxiety: Behavioral and neural mechanisms. Biological Psychiatry, 78, 336-34.

Dunsmoor JE, Campese VD, Ceceli AO, LeDoux JE, & Phelps EA (2015). Novelty-facilitated extinction: Providing a novel outcome in place of an expected threat diminishes recovery of defensive responses. Biological Psychiatry, 78, 203-209.

Dunsmoor JE & Murphy GL (2015). Categories, concepts, and conditioning: How humans generalize fear. Trends in Cognitive Sciences, 19, 73-77

Dunsmoor JE, Kragel, PA, Martin A, & LaBar KS (2014). Aversive learning modulates cortical representations of object categories. Cerebral Cortex, 24, 2859-2872.

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