Elizabeth Phelps, Ph.D.
Liz Phelps is a Silver Professor of Psychology at NYU. Her research examines the cognitive neuroscience of emotion, learning, and memory. Her primary focus has been to understand how human learning and memory are changed by emotion and to investigate the neural systems mediating their interactions. She has approached this topic from a number of different perspectives, with an aim of achieving a more global understanding of the complex relations between emotion and memory. As much as possible, she has tried to let the questions drive the research, not the techniques or traditional definitions of research areas. She has used a number of techniques (behavioral studies, physiological measurements, brain-lesion studies, fMRI) and has worked with a number of collaborators in other domains (social and clinical psychologists, psychiatrists, neuroscientists, economists, physicists). It is her belief that having focused questions and a broad approach to answering these questions has enhanced the overall quality of her research program and the cross-disciplinary relevance and appeal of her work.