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 are interested in joining my lab please email me (dmobbs at  More details can be found here

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

*Mobbs, D., *Hassabis, D. Yu, R., Chu, C., Rushworth, M., Boorman, E., Dalgleish, T. (In press).  Foraging under competition: The neural basis of input matching in humans. Journal of Neuroscience.  *Equal Authors

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

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.

Mobbs, D., Yu, R. Rowe, J.B., Eich, H., FeldmanHall, O., Dalgleish, T. (2010) Neural activity associated with monitoring the oscillating threat value of a Tarantula. Proc Natl Acad Sci. USA. link  Discover, Discovery Channel The Economist USA Today Cambridge News. Top Ten PNAS stories of 2010

Mobbs, D., Yu, R., Meyer, M., Passamonti, L., Seymour, B., Calder, A.J., Schweizer, S.,Frith, C.D., Dalgleish, T. (2009).  A key role for similarity in vicarious reward.  324, 900, Science .pdf nrn2680.pdf Science podcast

Mobbs, D., Marchant, J., Hassabis, D., Seymour, B., Gray, M., Tan, G., Petrovic, P.,  Dolan, R.J., and Frith, C.D., (2009).  From threat to fear:  The neural organization of defensive fear systems in the human brain. 39, 12236-12243. Journal of Neuroscience. pdf Discover magazine

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. pdf  Press: Hidi video,  ABC NewsWall Street Journal

Mobbs, D., Petrovic, P., Marchant, J., Hassabis, D., Weiskopf, N., Seymour, B.,Dolan, R.J., Frith, C.D. (2007). When fear is near: threat imminence elicits prefrontal-periaqueductal gray shifts in humans. Science. 24;317(5841):1079-83. pdf BBC News, Scientific American, Daily Mail,  Guardian, Commentary by Stephan MeranScience Podcast (24/08/07).

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

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