Together outside the screens
Fifteen months after starting the lab – so happy to see everyone at our first in person lab meeting!
Welcome to Sanghoon Kang, new PGA in the CAMS Lab! Sanghoon joins us after completing his BA at Seoul National University where he worked in Dr. Woo-Young Ahn’s Computational Clinical Science Lab.
Dr. Goldfarb receives NARSAD Young Investigator Award
Dr. Goldfarb received a NARSAD Young Investigator Award! Looking forward to some exciting new directions extending our habit work to PTSD.
Bailey presents the first CAMS Lab poster
Congratulations to Bailey Harris, who presented a poster featuring work on biased memory for alcohol-related events in the first annual Yale PGA Research Symposium!
New paper on how different types of threat learning change extinction
A new collaboration with Liz Phelps’ lab and Joey Dunsmoor was just published in Neurobiology of Learning and Memory. Based on rodent models and learning theory, we asked whether the way that someone learns an aversive experience changes their ability to learn that parts of this experience are now safe. With over 100 participants in a three-day protocol, we had people learn that a square and tone cue each separately predicted that they would receive an electric shock (elemental) or that the square and tone together predicted shock (configural). Then, they learned that the tone no longer predicted shock. We found that configural learners could generalize this safety learning from the tone to the square, but elemental learners could not. These results highlight the limits of safety generalization, a crucial part of exposure therapy, and suggest new techniques to help with maladaptive fear responses in PTSD.
Welcome to Bailey Harris, the inaugural PGA in the CAMS Lab! Bailey joins us from University of Denver, where she completed her BA and worked in Dr. Kim Chiew’s Motivation, Affect, and Cognition Lab.
Feeling stressed? So are your participants!
Dr. Goldfarb wrote a piece about how the stress experienced by research participants (both during the pandemic and more generally) can influence the neural and behavioral data that we collect, underscoring the importance of using subjective, neuroendocrine, and autonomic assays to carefully measure stress in our participants. Check out her Comment in Nature Reviews Neuroscience
Introducing the Cognitive Neuroscience of Affect, Memories & Stress (CAMS) Lab!