Emotional Brain Institute

The Emotional Brain Institute (EBI) is a collaborative research endeavor between New York University (NYU), NYU Langone School of Medicine, and the Nathan S. Kline Institute for Psychiatric Research (NKI) aimed at understanding the neuroscience of emotions and their impact on behavior. The Institute is directed by Dr. Joseph LeDoux and is comprised of a multi-disciplinary group of researchers whose work focuses on looking at the origins of emotion from the level of behavior to neural systems, cell activity, molecules, and genes.

Faculty members in the Emotional Brain Institute are working to understand the neuroscience of emotions and their impact on behavior, including conducting animal studies looking at genetic roots and memory mechanisms that underlie emotions and development.  EBI investigators address pressing issues about the genetic roots, molecular foundations, and memory mechanisms that underlie normal fear and the susceptibility for the development of anxiety disorders, especially in children. They are working on large scale prevention strategies that will be developed, tested, and implemented in collaboration with clinical investigators and in partnership with educators and policymakers throughout New York City and New York State.