Can we change our emotions? Our lab is interested in discovering the neural mechanisms underlying emotional control and flexibility. Because the environment we live in is constantly changing, we need to continuously update our emotional responses. In extreme situations, when emotional memories become traumatic, we might even wish to 'erase' emotional memories altogether. Our research team uses neuroimaging, pharmacology and psychophysiology to understand the neural mechanisms that make such emotional flexibility. We examine emotional processing in the normal brain and in patients with anxiety disorders, and hope to promote new forms of treatment.

Daniela Schiller
Daniela Schiller, PhD
Our research—how emotions are formed in the human brain—is situated within the critical link between animal models and the clinical population. Our research strategy, therefore, typically relies on fundamental findings in animals. We aim to collect, through collaborative projects, parallel findings in animals and humans and examine cross species similarities.
j Neuroscience Schiller D, Monfils M, Raio CM, Johnson D, LeDoux JE, Phelps EA (2010) Blocking the return of fear in humans using reconsolidation update mechanisms. Nature 463:49-53. [PDF]
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