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

  • Psychophysiological and neural correlates of disinhibited behaviors
  • Etiopathogenesis of disinhibitory psychopathology (e.g., Psychopathy, Antisocial Personality Disorder, and Substance Use Disorders) 
  • Environmental factors that contribute to disinhibited behavior
  • Development of mechanism-matched interventions for disinhibition

MoD Lab Announcements

  • Jivesh Ramduny was awarded a 2024 Kavli Postdoctoral Award for Academic Diversity. Congratulations Jiv! 

  • Jordyn Ricard was selected to be a part of the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Health Policy Research Scholars program! 

  • Jonathan Epps (YLS ’24) wins the YLW+’s Critical Race Theory Award for his essay! Amazing work, Jonathan. 

Contact Information

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Location: 100 College St, 14th Floor
USPS Mailing:
Arielle Baskin-Sommers
Department of Psychology
Yale University
P.O. Box 208047
New Haven, CT 06520-8047
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Arielle Baskin-Sommers – Rm#1427
Yale University, Department of Psychology
200 South Frontage Rd
New Haven, CT 06510