Justin Feinstein PhD

Assistant Professor of Community Medicine Oxley College of Health Sciences
Community Medicine

Postdoctoral Scholar, California Institute of Technology
Ph.D., University of Iowa
Predoctoral Internship, University of California, San Diego
B.S., University of California, San Diego

The following may be selected publications rather than a comprehensive list.

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.

Journal Articles

Khalsa, Sahib et al. “Interoception and Mental Health: A Roadmap.” Biological psychiatry. Cognitive neuroscience and neuroimaging 3.6 (2018): 501–513. Print.

Hassanpour, MS et al. “The Insular Cortex Dynamically Maps Changes in Cardiorespiratory Interoception.” Neuropsychopharmacology: official publication of the American College of Neuropsychopharmacology (2017): n. pag. Print.

Reber, Justin et al. “Selective Impairment of Goal-Directed Decision-Making Following Lesions to the Human Ventromedial Prefrontal Cortex.” Brain 140.6 (2017): 1743–1756. Print.

Feinstein, Justin et al. “Preserved Emotional Awareness of Pain in a Patient with Extensive Bilateral Damage to the Insula, Anterior Cingulate, and Amygdala.” Brain structure & function 221.3 (2016): 1499–511. Print.

Khalsa, Sahib et al. “Panic Anxiety in Humans with Bilateral Amygdala Lesions: Pharmacological Induction via Cardiorespiratory Interoceptive Pathways.” The Journal of neuroscience : the official journal of the Society for Neuroscience 36.12 (2016): 3559–66. Print.

Guzmán-Vélez, Edmarie et al. “Dissociable Contributions of Amygdala and Hippocampus to Emotion and Memory in Patients with Alzheimer’s Disease.” Hippocampus 26.6 (2016): 727–738. Print.

Couto, Blas et al. “Heart Evoked Potential Triggers Brain Responses to Natural Affective Scenes: a Preliminary Study.” Autonomic Neuroscience 193 (2015): 132–137. Print.

Guzmán-Vélez, Edmarie, Justin Feinstein, and Daniel Tranel. “Feelings without Memory in Alzheimer Disease.” Cognitive and behavioral neurology 27.3 (2014): 117. Print.

Bijanki, Kelly et al. “Case Report: Stimulation of the Right Amygdala Induces Transient Changes in Affective Bias.” Brain stimulation 7.5 (2014): 690–693. Print.

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.

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.

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.

Philippi, C et al. “Preserved Self-Awareness Following Extensive Bilateral Brain Damage to the Insula, Anterior Cingulate, and Medial Prefrontal Cortices.” PloS one 7.8 (2012): e38413. Print.

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, Justin et al. “Bilateral Limbic System Destruction in Man.” Journal of clinical and experimental neuropsychology 32.1 (2010): 88–106. Print.

Khalsa, Sahib et al. “The Pathways of Interoceptive Awareness.” Nature neuroscience 12.12 (2009): 1494–6. Print.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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., 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.

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.

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.

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., 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.

Conference Proceedings

Schettler, Jesse et al. “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. 312–321. Print.

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, 7674-7679.


Feinstein, Justin. “Examination of the Limbic System’s Role in Emotional Experience Using a Human Lesion Model.” The University of Iowa (2012): n. pag. Print.