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Elizabeth Goldfarb

Elizabeth Goldfarb, PhD

Faculty Member

Center for Neurocognition and Behavior

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Cognitive neuroscience of stress, memory, and addiction

Stress, an inescapable part of daily life, can profoundly influence what we learn and remember; these memories, in turn, are essential to how we act in the future. The Cognitive Neuroscience of Affect, Memories, and Stress (CAMS) Lab investigates why we remember certain parts of our experiences, how stress and affect influence these memories, and how what we remember guides our behavior. Their research is inspired by the understanding that experiences can be broken down into different types of memories – such as integrated contexts, conditioned associations, and automatic habits – each supported by a distinct neural system with its own potential to dynamically interact with stress and promote adaptive (or maladaptive) behavior. Their interdisciplinary approach draws on translational stress neurobiology and the cognitive neuroscience of memory, leveraging techniques including novel behavioral tasks, neuroendocrine assays, psychophysiology, advanced functional neuroimaging (fMRI), machine learning, computational modeling, clinical populations, and real-world behavioral monitoring. By identifying conditions under which stress modulates memories and how memory biases drive behavior, the CAMS Lab aims to provide a neurocognitive framework for resilience and interventions that can benefit memory in humans.




Elizabeth Goldfarb received BAs in Psychology and Creative Writing from Bard College in 2007. She earned a PhD in Psychology: Cognition and Perception at NYU in 2017 and completed a postdoctoral fellowship at Yale in the Neuroimaging Sciences Training Program. Goldfarb joined Yale's faculty as an Assistant Professor in the Department of Psychiatry in 2020. Outside the lab, she enjoys hiking, reading, jumping in the waves with her daughter, and trying to recreate recipes for her favorite dishes.