Research Studies and Projects

Faculty in the EBI take a multidisciplinary approach to emotion and emotion dysfunction.  For example,  funded projects currently include examinations of the effects of early life trauma on development of brain and behavior and the role caregivers play in buffering the consequences of adverse events on the infant.  Interactions between caregivers and infants directly impacts development of brain structures influencing behavior and emotion, producing life-lasting consequences for the infant. 

Work in adults focuses on the neural mechanisms and potential treatment for post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD).  A final example includes investigations of how experience shapes neural circuits involved in both memory and perception of those experiences. Past experiences, including traumatic experiences, not only leave a trace in memory, but also affect how the sensory stimuli associated with those events are perceived.

This research is funded through the National Institute of Health and the National Science Foundation.

NYU Langone-based funded grants and research programs in the Emotional Brain Institute include:

  • NICHD R37 — Maternal influence over prefrontal cortex and transition to independence (Received NIH Special Merit Award)
  • NIDCD R01 — Cortical Processing of Olfactory Stimuli
    NIMH R01 — Sensitive Period for Neurobehavioral Development of Social Behavior
  • NSF BCS1439258 — Conference Grant on The Neurodevelopment of Stress Regulation, Social Buffering and Fear
  • Industry Sponsored — Odour Perception, Recognition & Discrimination