Armita Golkar

I completed my Ph.D. in psychology at Karolinska Institutet (2013) where I currently work as a postdoc.

My overall research aim is to better understand the processes that govern emotional learning and regulation in social contexts. More specifically, I focus on the processes underlying fear and safety learning accomplished through own direct experience and through social means such as instruction, observation and interaction with others. I address these issues using different methods including behavioral, psychophysiological and functional magnetic resonance imaging (fMRI).

Under review:

Lonsdorf, T.B., Menz, M.M., Andreatta, M., Fullana, M.A., Golkar, A., Haaker, J., Heitland, I., Hermann, A., Kuhn, M., Kruse, O.,, Drexler, A.M., Meulders, A., Nees, F., Pittig, A., Richter, A., Römer,S,. Shiban, S., Schmitz, A., Straube, B., Vervliet, B.,Wendt, J., Baas, J.M.P., & Merz, C.J. Don’t fear ‘fear conditioning’: Methodological considerations for the design and analysis of studies on human fear acquisition, extinction, and return of fear (under review).

Golkar, A. & Olsson, A. The interplay of social group biases in social threat learning (under review).

Lindström, B., Golkar, A. & Olsson, A. Social to instrumental transfer of fear. (under review).


Haaker*, J., Golkar*, A., Selbing*, I. & Olsson, A. Assessing social transmission of threats in humans using the observational fear conditioning procedure (under review).

Nilsonne, G., Tamm, S., Golkar, A., Sörman, K., Howner, K., Kristiansson,M., Olsson, A., Ingvar, M., & Petrovic, P. (2017) Effects of 25 mg oxazepam on emotional mimicry and empathy for pain: a randomized controlled experiment.

Golkar, A., Tjaden, C., & Kindt, M. Vicarious extinction learning during reconsolidation neutralizes fear memory (Behavior Research and Therapy).

Golkar, A., Haaker, J., Selbing, I., & Olsson, A. (2016) Neural signals of vicarious extinction learning. Social Cognitive and Affective Neuroscience. (PDF)

Golkar, A., & Olsson, A. (2016) Immunization against social fear learning. JEP: General, 145(6), 665. (PDF)
Golkar, A., Castro, V. & Olsson, A. (2015) Social learning of fear and safety is determined by the demonstrator’s racial group. Biology Letters, 11(1), 20140817. (PDF)

Molapour, T., Golkar, A., Navarrete, C.D., Haaker, J., Olsson, A. (2015) Neural correlates of biased social fear learning and interaction in an intergroup context. NeuroImage, 121, 171-183. (PDF)

Lindström, B., Golkar, A., & Olsson, A. (2015) A clash of values: Fear-relevant stimuli can enhance or corrupt adaptive behavior through competition between Pavlovian and instrumental valuation systems. Emotion, 5(5), 668-676. (PDF)

Golkar, A., Björnstjerna, M., & Olsson, A. (2015) Learned fear to social outgroup members are determined by ethnicity and prior exposure. Frontiers in Psychology, 6, 123. (PDF)

Petrovic P, Ekman CJ, Klahr J, Tigerström L, Rydén G, Johansson AG, Sellgren C, Golkar A, Olsson A, Öhman A, Ingvar M, Landén M. (2015). Significant grey matter changes in a region of the orbitofrontal cortex in healthy participants predicts emotional dysregulation. Social Cognitive and Affective Neuroscience, [Epub ahead of print] PMID: 26078386

Haaker, J., Golkar, A. Hermans, D., & Lonsdorf, T.B. (2014) A review on human reinstatement studies: An overview and methodological challenges. Learning and Memory, 21(9), 424-40.(Link)

Lonsdorf, T.B., Golkar, A., Lindstrom, K.M., Haaker, J., Martin Schalling, Arne Öhman & Martin Ingvar. (2014) BDNFval66met affects neural activation pattern during fear conditioning and 24h delayed fear recall. Social Cognitive and Affective Neuroscience. 10(5), 664-671. (PDF)

Golkar, A., Johansson, E., Kasahara, M., Osika, W.,Perski, A., Savic, I. (2014). The influence of work-related chronic stress on the regulation of emotion and on functional connectivity in the brain. Plos One, 9(9): e104550. (PDF)

Lindström, B. R., Berglund Mattsson-Marn, I., Golkar, A., & Olsson, A. (2013). In your face: Risk of punishment enhances cognitive control and error-related activity in the corrugator supercilii muscle. Plos One, 8(6), e65692.(Link)

Golkar, A., Selbing, I., Flygare, O., Öhman, A., & Olsson, A. (2013). Other People as means to a safe end: Vicarious extinction blocks the return of learned fear. Psychological Science, 24(11), 2182-90. (PDF)

Golkar, A., Bellander, M., & Öhman, A. (2013). Temporal properties of fear extinction - does time matter? Behavioral Neuroscience, 127(1), 59-69. (Link)

Golkar, A., Bellander, M., Olsson, A., & Öhman, A. (2012). Are fear memories erasable? –reconsolidation of learned fear with fear relevant and fear-irrelevant stimuli. Frontiers in Behavioral Neuroscience, 6(80). (Link) (PDF)

Golkar, A., Lonsdorf, T. B., Olsson, A., Lindström, K. M., Berrebi, J., Fransson, P., Schalling, M., Ingvar, M., & Öhman, A. (2012). Distinct contributions of the dorsolateral prefrontal and orbitofrontal cortex during emotion regulation. Plos One, 7(11). (Link) (PDF)

Golkar A., & Öhman A. (2012). Fear extinction in humans: Effects of acquistion-extinction delay and masked stimulus presentations. Biological Psychology, 91(2), 292-301. href="">(Link) (PDF)

Lonsdorf, T. B., Golkar, A., Lindström, K. M., Fransson, P., Schalling, M., Öhman, A., & Ingvar, M. (2011). 5-HTTLPR and COMTval158met genotype gate amygdala reactivity and habituation. Biological Psychology, 87(1), 106-112. (Link) (PDF)

Peira, N., Golkar, A., Öhman, A., Anders, S., & Wiens, S. (2011). Emotional responses in spider fear are closely related to picture awareness. Cognition and Emotion, 26(2), 252-260.

Peira, N., Golkar, A., Larsson, M., & Wiens, S. (2010). What You Fear Will Appear: detection of schematic spiders in spider fear. Experimental Psychology, 57(6), 470-5.

Lonsdorf, T. B., Weike, A. I., Golkar, A., Schalling, M., Hamm, A. O., & Öhman, A.(2010). Amygdala-dependent fear conditioning in humans is modulated by the BDNFval66met polymorphism. Behavioral Neuroscience, 124(1), 9-15213. (Link) (PDF)

Wiens, S., Peira, N., Golkar, A., & Öhman, A. (2008). Recognizing Masked Threat: Fear Betrays, But Disgust You Can Trust, Emotion, 8(6), 810-819.

Eriksson, T., Golkar, A., Ekström, J.C., Svenningsson, P., & Ögren, S.O. (2008). 5-HT7 receptor stimulation by 8-OH-DPAT counteracts the impairing effect of 5-HT1A receptor stimulation on contextual learning in mice. European Journal of Pharmacology, 546(13), 107-110.