Justin Feinstein, PhD

Justin Feinstein, PhD
Assistant Professor of Community Medicine
College of Health Sciences
Community Medicine


PhD – University of Iowa Predoctoral Internship – University of California, San Diego Postdoctoral Scholar – California Institute of Technology BS – University of California, San Diego


Journal Articles

  • Khalsa, S., R. Adolphs, O. Cameron, H. Critchley, P. Davenport, J. Feinstein, J. Feusner, S. Garfinkel, R. Lane, W. Mehling, A. Meuret, C. Nemeroff, S. Oppenheimer, F. Petzschner, O. Pollatos, J. Rhudy, L. Schramm, W. Simmons, M. Stein, K. Stephan, O. Van den Bergh, I. Van Diest, A. von Leupoldt, and M. Paulus. Interoception and Mental Health: A Roadmap. Vol. 3, Biological psychiatry. Cognitive neuroscience and neuroimaging, 2018, pp. 501-13.
  • Reber, J., J. Feinstein, J. O’Doherty, M. Liljeholm, R. Adolphs, and D. Tranel. Selective Impairment of Goal-Directed Decision-Making Following Lesions to the Human Ventromedial Prefrontal Cortex. Vol. 140, Brain, 2017, pp. 1743–1756.
  • Hassanpour, M., W. Simmons, J. Feinstein, Q. Luo, R. Lapidus, J. Bodurka, M. Paulus, and S. Khalsa. The Insular Cortex Dynamically Maps Changes in Cardiorespiratory Interoception. Neuropsychopharmacology: official publication of the American College of Neuropsychopharmacology, 2017.
  • Guzmán-Vélez, E., D. Warren, J. Feinstein, J. Bruss, and D. Tranel. Dissociable Contributions of Amygdala and Hippocampus to Emotion and Memory in Patients With Alzheimer’s Disease. Vol. 26, Hippocampus, 2016, pp. 727–738.
  • Feinstein, J., S. Khalsa, T. Salomons, K. Prkachin, L. Frey-Law, J. Lee, D. Tranel, and D. Rudrauf. Preserved Emotional Awareness of Pain in a Patient With Extensive Bilateral Damage to the Insula, Anterior Cingulate, and Amygdala. Vol. 221, Brain structure & function, 2016, pp. 1499-511.
  • Khalsa, S., J. Feinstein, W. Li, J. Feusner, R. Adolphs, and R. Hurlemann. Panic Anxiety in Humans With Bilateral Amygdala Lesions: Pharmacological Induction via Cardiorespiratory Interoceptive Pathways. Vol. 36, The Journal of neuroscience : the official journal of the Society for Neuroscience, 2016, pp. 3559-66.
  • Couto, B., F. Adolfi, M. Velasquez, M. Mesow, J. Feinstein, A. Canales-Johnson, E. Mikulan, D. Martínez-Pernía, T. Bekinschtein, and M. Sigman. Heart Evoked Potential Triggers Brain Responses to Natural Affective Scenes: A Preliminary Study. Vol. 193, Autonomic Neuroscience, 2015, pp. 132–137.
  • Bijanki, K., C. Kovach, L. McCormick, H. Kawasaki, B. Dlouhy, J. Feinstein, R. Jones, and M. Howard. Case Report: Stimulation of the Right Amygdala Induces Transient Changes in Affective Bias. Vol. 7, Brain stimulation, 2014, pp. 690–693.
  • Guzmán-Vélez, E., J. Feinstein, and D. Tranel. Feelings Without Memory in Alzheimer Disease. Vol. 27, Cognitive and behavioral neurology, 2014, p. 117.
  • Feinstein, J. S., Buzza, C., Hurlemann, R., Follmer, R. L., Dahdaleh, N. S., Coryell, W. H.,
    Welsh, M. J., Tranel, D., & Wemmie, J. A. (2013). Fear and panic in humans with bilateral amygdala damage. Nature Neuroscience, 16, 270-272.

  • Feinstein, J. S. (2013). Lesion studies of human emotion and feeling. Current Opinion in Neurobiology, 23, 304-309.

  • Scheele, D., Mihov, Y., Kendrick, K. M., Feinstein, J. S., Reich, H., Maier, W., & Hurlemann, R. (2012). Amygdala lesion profoundly alters altruistic punishment. Biological Psychiatry, 72, e5-e7.

  • Becker, B., Mihov, Y., Scheele, D., Kendrick, K. M., Feinstein, J. S., Matusch, A., Aydin, M.,
    Reich, H., Urbach, H., Oros-Peusquens, A., Shah, N. J., Kunz, W. S., Schlaepfer, T. E.,
    Zilles, K., Maier, W., & Hurlemann, R. (2012). Fear processing and social networking
    in the absence of a functional amygdala. Biological Psychiatry, 72, 70-77.

  • Cavaco, S., *Feinstein, J. S., Twillert, H. V., & Tranel, D. (2012). Musical memory in a patient with severe anterograde amnesia. Journal of Clinical and Experimental Neuropsychology, 34, 1089-1100.

  • Philippi, C., J. Feinstein, S. Khalsa, A. Damasio, D. Tranel, G. Landini, K. Williford, and D. Rudrauf. Preserved Self-Awareness Following Extensive Bilateral Brain Damage to the Insula, Anterior Cingulate, and Medial Prefrontal Cortices. Vol. 7, PloS one, 2012, p. e38413.
  • Feinstein, J. S., Adolphs, R., Damasio, A., & Tranel, D. (2011). The human amygdala and the induction and experience of fear. Current Biology, 21, 34-38.

  • Feinstein, J., D. Rudrauf, S. Khalsa, M. Cassell, J. Bruss, T. Grabowski, and D. Tranel. Bilateral Limbic System Destruction in Man. Vol. 32, Journal of clinical and experimental neuropsychology, 2010, pp. 88-106.
  • Khalsa, S., D. Rudrauf, J. Feinstein, and D. Tranel. The Pathways of Interoceptive Awareness. Vol. 12, Nature neuroscience, 2009, pp. 1494-6.
  • Simmons, A., Matthews, S. C., Feinstein, J. S., Hitchcock, C., Paulus, M. P., & Stein, M. B. (2008). Anxiety vulnerability is associated with altered anterior cingulate response to an affective appraisal task. Neuroreport, 19, 1033-1037.

  • Tranel, D., Feinstein, J. S., & Manzel, K. (2008). Further lesion evidence for the neural basis of conceptual knowledge for persons and other concrete entities. Journal of Neuropsychology, 2, 301-320.

  • Stein, M. B., Simmons, A., Feinstein, J. S., & Paulus, M. P. (2007). Increased amygdala and insula activation during emotion processing in anxiety-prone subjects. The American Journal of Psychiatry, 164, 318-327.

  • Simmons, A., Stein, M. B., Matthews, S. C., Feinstein, J. S., & Paulus, M. P. (2006). Affective ambiguity for a group recruits ventromedial prefrontal cortex. Neuroimage, 29, 655-661.

  • Feinstein, J. S., Stein, M. B., & Paulus, M. P. (2006). Anterior insula reactivity during certain decisions is associated with neuroticism. Social Cognitive and Affective Neuroscience, 1, 136-142.

  • Arce, E., Miller, D. A., Feinstein, J. S., Stein, M. B., & Paulus, M. P. (2006). Lorazepam dose-dependently decreases risk-taking related activation in limbic areas. Psychopharmacology, 189, 105-116.

  • Leland, D. S., Arce, E., Feinstein, J. S., & Paulus, M. P. (2006). Young adult stimulant users’ increased striatal activation during uncertainty is related to impulsivity. Neuroimage, 33, 725-731.

  • Paulus, M. P., Feinstein, J. S., Castillo, G., Simmons, A. N., & Stein, M. B. (2005). Dose-dependent decrease of activation in bilateral amygdala and insula by lorazepam during emotion processing. Archives of General Psychiatry, 62, 282-288.

  • Simmons, A., Miller, D., Feinstein, J. S., Goldberg, T. E., & Paulus, M. P. (2005). Left inferior prefrontal cortex activation during a semantic decision-making task predicts the degree of semantic organization. Neuroimage, 28, 30-38.

  • Paulus, M. P., Feinstein, J. S., Leland, D., & Simmons, A. N. (2005). Superior temporal gyrus and insula provide response and outcome-dependent information during assessment and action selection in a decision-making situation. Neuroimage, 25, 607-615.

  • Paulus, M. P., Feinstein, J. S., Simmons, A., & Stein, M. B. (2004). Anterior cingulate activation in high trait anxious subjects is related to altered error processing during decision making. Biological Psychiatry, 55, 1179-1187.

  • Feinstein, J. S., Stein, M. B., Castillo, G. N., & Paulus, M. P. (2004). From sensory processes to conscious perception. Consciousness and Cognition, 13, 323-335.

  • Paulus, M. P., Feinstein, J. S., Tapert, S. F., & Liu, T. T. (2004). Trend detection via temporal difference model predicts inferior prefrontal cortex activation during acquisition of
    advantageous action selection. Neuroimage, 21, 733-743.

  • Paulus, M. P., Rogalsky, C., Simmons, A., Feinstein, J. S., & Stein, M. B. (2003). Increased activation in the right insula during risk-taking decision making is related to harm avoidance and neuroticism. Neuroimage, 19, 1439-1448.

  • Feinstein, J. S., Goldin, P. R., Stein, M. B., Brown, G. G., & Paulus, M. P. (2002). Habituation of attentional networks during emotion processing. Neuroreport, 13, 1255-1258.

Book Chapters

  • Feinstein, J. S., & Tranel, D. (2009). Online measures of non-conscious processing. In T.
    Baynes, A. Cleeremans & P. Wilken (Eds.), The Oxford Companion to Consciousness
    (pp. 485-487). New York: Oxford University Press.

  • Feinstein, J. S., Adolphs, R., & Tranel, D. (in press). Living without an amygdala: A tale of survival from the world of Patient SM. In D. Amaral & R. Adolphs (Eds.), Living Without an Amygdala. New York: Guilford Press.

Conference Proceedings

  • Schettler, J., S. Green, H. Refai, and J. Feinstein. “The Selection and Validation of Biosensors for Studying a Novel Healthcare Environment”. Connected Health: Applications, Systems and Engineering Technologies (CHASE), 2016 IEEE First International Conference on, 2016, pp. 312–321.
  • Feinstein, J. S., Duff, M. C., & Tranel, D. (2010). Sustained experience of emotion after loss of memory in patients with amnesia. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, 107,


  • Feinstein, J. Examination of the Limbic system’s Role in Emotional Experience Using a Human Lesion Model. The University of Iowa, 2012.

Awards & Honors

  • Most Inspirational Player
  • Jeffrey A. Gray Tribute Award
  • Teaching Assistant of the Year
  • Travel Award, Symposium on Emotion
  • Spotlight Health Scholar
  • Travel Award Winner