Director: Arielle Baskin-Sommers, Ph.D. 


Disinhibition is central to many conceptualizations of psychopathology and can be expressed in different ways from impulsivity to criminality to aggression. Although many disinhibited individuals display similar behaviors (e.g., impulsivity, aggression, criminal behavior, substance use), the factors underlying these behaviors are relatively distinct. Research in the Mechanisms of Disinhibition (MoD) Lab utilizes multidisciplinary theoretical principles and methods (e.g., electrophysiology, neuroimaging, behavior, self-report) to distinguish the underlying mechanisms and identify correlates at micro, mezzo, and macro levels in order to improve the identification of these syndromes and develop innovative syndrome-specific interventions. The MoD Lab explores disinhibited behavior across various populations, including currently incarcerated individuals, community samples, and youth.

General Research Interests

  • Interactions among selective attention, executive functions, and emotion in disinhibition
  • Etiopathogenesis of Psychopathy, Antisocial Behavior, and Substance Use Disorders 
  • Psychophysiological and neural correlates of aggression
  • Environmental factors that contribute to disinhibited behavior
  • Development of mechanism-matched cognitive remediation strategies for disinhibition