Dean Mobbs PhD

I'm an Assistant Professor in the Dept. of Psychology at Columbia University  in New York City.   My lab studies the neural processes that support human emotion and social behavior.  If you are interested in joining my lab please email me (dmobbs at  THIS SITE IS NO LONGER MAINTAINED - PLEASE GO TO FOR  A MORE UPDATED SITE.

Selected Recent Publications and Press (Full list and press hereGoogle Scholar

Mobbs, D., Hagan, C.C. Dalgleish, T. Silston, B., & Prevost, C. (2015).  The Ecology of Human Fear: Survival Optimization and the Nervous System.  Frontiers in Neuroscience. 9:55. 1-22.

FeldmanHall, O.  Dalgleish, T., Evans, D., Mobbs, D. (2015). Empathic concern predicts altruism. Neuroimage. 105, 347-356.

Mobbs, D., Hassabis, D. Yu, R., Chu, C., Rushworth, M., Boorman, E., Dalgleish, T. (2013).  Foraging under competition: The neural basis of input matching in humans. Journal of Neuroscience. 33; 9866-9872

Schweizer, S., Grahn, J., Hampshire, A., Mobbs, D., & Dalgleish, T. (2013).  The neural substrates underlying cognitive gains in working memory and transfer effects onto the cognitive control of emotions.  Journal of Neuroscience. 33; 5301-5311

FeldmanHall, O., Dalgleish, T. Thompson, R., Evans, D., Schweizer, S.,
Mobbs, D. (2012). Differential Neural Circuitry and Self-Interest in Real versus Hypothetical Moral Decisions. Social, Cognitive and Affect Neuroscience. 7 (7), 743-751

Mobbs, D.,
Yu, R., Rowe, J., Eich, H., Feldmanhall, O., Dalgleish, T. (2010).  Neural activity associated with monitoring the oscillating threat value of a Tarantula. PNAS. 107: 20582-6

Mobbs, D.,
Meyer, M., Yu, R., Passamonti, L., Seymour, B.J., Calder A.J., Schweizer, S., Frith, C.D., Dalgleish,  T. (2009).  A key role for similarity in vicarious reward.  Science. 324, 900

Takahashi, H., Kato, M., Matsuura, M.,
Mobbs, D., Suhara, T., Okubo, Y. (2009). When Your Gain Is My Pain and Your Pain is My Gain: Neural Correlates of Envy and Schandenfreude.  Science. 323, 937-939

Mobbs, D.,
 Marchant, J., Hassabis, D.,  Seymour, B., Gray, M., Tan, G., Petrovic, P., Dolan, R.J., Frith, C.D. (2009). From Threat to Fear: The neural organization of defensive fear systems in humans.  Journal of Neuroscience. 39, 12236-12243

Mobbs, D.,
Hassabis, D., Seymour, B., Marchant, J., Weiskopf, N., Dolan, R.J., Frith, C.D. (2009). Choking on the money: Incentive-induced performance decrements in a reward pursuit task.  Psychological Science. 20 (8), 955

Mobbs, D.,
Petrovic, P., Marchant, J., Hassabis, D., Seymour, B., Weiskopf, N., Dolan, R.J., Frith, C.D (2007). When Fear is Near: Threat Imminence Elicits Prefrontal - Periaqueductal Grey Shifts in Humans. Science. 317; 1079-1083

Mobbs, D.,
Lau, H.C., Jones, O.D., Frith, C.D. (2007). Law, Responsibility and the Brain.  PLoS-Biology. 5; E103.
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