Joseph Dunsmoor, PhD

Research Assistant Professor

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Joseph Dunsmoor is an assistant professor in the Department of Psychiatry at Dell Medical School. He received his Ph.D. in psychology and neuroscience from Duke University in 2012 and completed a postdoctoral fellowship at New York University in 2017.

Research in 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 it 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?

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 The National Institute of Mental Health.

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Research Output 2003 2019

2 Citations (Scopus)

Common and distinct neural correlates of fear extinction and cognitive reappraisal: A meta-analysis of fMRI studies

Picó-Pérez, M., Alemany-Navarro, M., Dunsmoor, J. E., Radua, J., Albajes-Eizagirre, A., Vervliet, B., Cardoner, N., Benet, O., Harrison, B. J., Soriano-Mas, C. & Fullana, M. A., Sep 2019, In : Neuroscience and Biobehavioral Reviews. 104, p. 102-115 14 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalReview article

Magnetic Resonance Imaging
Gyrus Cinguli
Cerebral Cortex

Emotional enhancement of memory for neutral information: The complex interplay between arousal, attention, and anticipation

Dunsmoor, J. E., Kroes, M. C. W., Murty, V. P., Braren, S. H. & Phelps, E. A., Jul 2019, In : Biological Psychology. 145, p. 134-141 8 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Episodic Memory
6 Citations (Scopus)

Episodic memory and Pavlovian conditioning: ships passing in the night

Dunsmoor, J. E. & Kroes, M. CW., Apr 2019, In : Current Opinion in Behavioral Sciences. 26, p. 32-39 8 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalReview article

Episodic Memory
Classical Conditioning
Long-Term Memory
2 Citations (Scopus)
Open Access
Prefrontal Cortex
7 Citations (Scopus)

Role of human ventromedial prefrontal cortex in learning and recall of enhanced extinction

Dunsmoor, J. E., Kroes, M. C. W., Li, J., Daw, N. D., Simpson, H. B. & Phelps, E. A., Apr 24 2019, In : Journal of Neuroscience. 39, 17, p. 3264-3276 13 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Prefrontal Cortex
Psychological Extinction
Long-Term Memory