Michael Larson, Professor

Department: Psychology


Email: michael_larson@byu.edu

Office: 244 TLRB

Phone: 801-422-6125



Please see Dr. Larson's lab website at http://cogneuro.byu.edu for more information about Dr. Larson and his lab.

Research Interests

The aims of my Clinical Cognitive Neuroscience and Neuropsychology (CCNN) lab and research program center on these cognitive control functions and are four-fold. First, we (myself, students, and collaborators) test hypotheses about behavioral (e.g., response times, error rates) and neural (primarily event-related potential [ERP] and functional magnetic resonance imaging [fMRI]) reflections of cognitive control to determine how the brain exerts control of behavior, adjusts in the presence of conflict and errors, and under what conditions cognitive control is enhanced or compromised. Second, we aim to understand the lifespan developmental course and subsequent deterioration of cognitive control component processes associated with neurologic insult or psychopathology, such as traumatic brain injury (TBI), autism, depression, or anxiety. Understanding these neural processes can assist our understanding of cognitive rehabilitation, psychotherapy, or pharmacological treatment. Third, we aim to identify the role of cognitive control component processes in exercise and food-related behaviors, including food-related response inhibition and the role of cognitive control in food intake, exercise, and obesity. Fourth, we aim to determine the psychometric properties of biological measures, such as ERPs, to both improve current research and allow for future clinical application. Attention to psychometrics demonstrates our lab’s dedication to rigorous research and strong methodology.

Dr. Larson also works with Dr. Erin Bigler, Dr. Tricia Merkely, Dr. Derin Cobia, and Dr. Shawn Gale (and multiple additional affiliated faculty) training students in clinical neuropsychology. Please see Dr. Larson's lab website at http://cogneuro.byu.edu for more information about Dr. Larson and his lab.


  • Editor-in-Chief from International Journal of Psychophysiology, 2016
  • Martin B. Hickman Innovation in Teaching Award from BYU College of Family, Home, and Social Sciences, 2018
  • University Young Scholar Award from Brigham Young University, 2015
  • College Outstanding Young Alumnus from University of Florida College of Public Health and Health Professions, 2014
  • Outstanding Young Alumnus from University of Florida Department of Clinical and Health Psychology, 2013
  • Teacher of the Year Award from BYU Psi Chi, 2009

Professional Affiliations

  • International Organization for Psychophysiology
  • Society for Psychophysiological Research
  • International Neuropsychological Society

Recent Publications

  • Muir, A. M., Hedges-Muncy, A., Clawson, A., Carbine, K. A., & Larson, M. (2020). Dimensions of anxiety and depression and neurophysiological indicators of error-monitoring: Relationship with delta and theta oscillatory power and error-related negativity (ERN) amplitude. Psychophysiology, 00, e13595 (pages 1-22).
  • Larson, M. (2020). Improving the rigor and replicability of applied psychophysiology research: Sample size, standardization, transparency, and preregistration. Biofeedback, 48(1), 2--6.
  • Clayson, P. E., Carbine, K. A., & Larson, M. (2020). A registered report of error-related negativity and reward positivity as biomarkers of depression: P-Curving the evidence.. International Journal of Psychophysiology, 150, 50-72.
  • Clayson, P., Carbine, K., & Larson, M. (2019). Error-related negativity and reward positivity as biomarkers of depression: P-Curving the evidence. Phase I Registered Report. International Journal of Psychophysiology.
  • Larson, M. (2019). Reward sensitivity following boredom and cognitive effort: A high-powered neurophysiological investigation. Neuropsychologia.
  • Kirwan, C., Davidson, L., Larson, M., & LeCheminant, J. (2018). Brain reactivity to visual food stimuli after moderate-intensity exercise in children. Brain Imaging and Behavior, 12, 1032-1041.
  • LeCheminant, J., & Larson, M. (2018). The utility of event-related potentials (ERPs) in understanding food-related cognition: A systematic review and recommendations. Appetite, 128, 58-78.
  • O'Donnell, M., & Larson, M. (2018). Multilab direct replication of: A variant of study 4 from Dijksterhuis, A. & van Knippenberg, A. (1998). The relation between perception and behavior, or how to win a game of trivial pursuit. Journal of Personality and Social Psychology, 74(4), 865-877.. Perspectives on Psychological Science, 13, 268-294.
  • LeCheminant, J., & Larson, M. (2018). A direct comparison between ERP and fMRI measurements of food-related inhibitory control: Implications for BMI status and dietary intake. Neuroimage, 166, 335-348.
  • South, M., Baldwin, S., & Larson, M. (2017). Electrophysiological endophenotypes and the error-related negativity in autism spectrum disorder: A family study. Journal of Autism and Developmental Disorders, 47, 1436-1452.
  • Carbine, K., Larson, M., & LeCheminant, J. (2017). Disparity in Neural and Subjective Responses to Food Images in Obese and Normal-Weight Individuals. Obesity, 25(2), 384-390.
  • Larson, M., & Moser, J. S. (2017). Rigor and replication: Towards improved best practices in human electrophysiology research. International Journal of Psychophysiology.
  • Majercik, S., Bledsoe, J., Ryser, D., Hopkins, R., Fair, J. E., Brock Frost, R., Larson, M. (2017). Volumetric analysis of day of injury computed tomography is associated with rehabilitation outcomes after traumatic brain injury.. The Journal of Trauma and Acute Care Surgery, 82(1), 80-92.
  • Larson, M., Tucker, L., Bailey, B., & LeCheminant, J. (2016). Reduced sleep acutely influences sedentary behavior and mood but not total energy intake in normal-weight and obese women. Behavioral Sleep Medicine, 14(5), 528-538.
  • Larson, M., & Nielsen, B. (2016). Cognitive Control Adjustments in Healthy Older and Younger Adults: Conflict Adaptation, the Error-Related Negativity (ERN), and Evidence of Generalized Decline with Age. Biological Psychology, 115, 50-63.
  • Larson, M. (2016). Commitment to Cutting-Edge Research with Rigor and Replication in Psychophysiological Science. International Journal of Psychophysiology, 102, ix - x.
  • Moser, J. S., Moran, T. P., Kneip, C., Schroder, H. S., & Larson, M. (2016). Sex moderates the association between symptoms of anxiety, but not obsessive-compulsive disorder, and error-monitoring brain activity: A meta-analytic review. Psychophysiology, 53(1), 21 - 29.
  • Worsham, W., Gray, W. E., Larson, M., & South, M. (2015). Conflict adaptation and congruency sequence effects to social-emotional stimuli in individuals with autism spectrum disorders: Autism.
  • Larson, M., Clayson, P. E., Primosch, M., Leyton, M., & Steffensen, S. (2015). The effects of acute dopamine precursor depletion on the cognitive control functions of performance monitoring and conflict processing: An event-related potential (ERP) study.. PLOS One, 10(10), e0140770 (pages 1 to 20).
  • Steffen, P., & Larson, M. (2015). A brief mindfulness exercise significantly reduces cardiovascular reactivity during a laboratory stressor paradigm. Mindfulness, 6(4), 803-811.
  • Logan, D. M., Hill, K. R., & Larson, M. (2015). Cognitive control of conscious error awareness: Error awareness and error positivity (Pe) amplitude in moderate-to-severe traumatic brain injury (TBI). In Frontiers in Human Neuroscience (pp. 397 (pages 1 to 12)).
  • Baldwin, S., Larson, M., & Clayson, P. E. (2015). The dependability of electrophysiological measurements of performance monitoring in a clinical sample: A generalizability and decision analysis of the ERN and Pe. Psychophysiology, 52(6), 790-800.
  • Larson, M., & LeCheminant, J. (2015). Slow walking on a treadmill desk does not negatively affect executive abilities: An examination of cognitive control, conflict adaptation, response inhibition, and post-error slowing. Frontiers in Psychology, 6, 723.
  • Larson, M., & LeCheminant, J. (2015). Cognitive and typing outcomes measured simultaneously with slow treadmill walking or sitting: implications for treadmill desks. PLOS One, 10(4), e0121309.
  • Larson, M. (2015). God will forgive: Reflecting on God's love decreases neurophysiological responses to errors and increases mistakes. Social, Cognitive, and Affective Neuroscience.
  • Clawson, A., Clayson, P., South, M., Bigler, E., & Larson, M. (2015). An Electrophysiological investigation of interhemispheric transfer time in individuals with high-functioning Autism Spectrum Disorders.. Journal of Autism and Developmental Disorders, 45(2), 363-375.
  • Logan, D. M., Hill, K. R., Jones, R., Holt-Lunstad, J., & Larson, M. (2014). How do memory and attention change with pregnancy and childbirth? A controlled longitudinal examination of neuropsychological functioning in pregnant and postpartum women. Journal of Clinical and Experimental Neuropsychology, 36(5), 528-539.
  • Larson, M. (2014). Neuropsychological performance across symptom dimensions in pediatric obsessive-compulsive disorder. Depression & Anxiety, 31, 988-996.
  • Larson, M., & Clawson, A. (forthcoming). A critical review of neuropsychological functioning and heterogeneity in individuals with obsessive-compulsive disorder. Handbook of Obsessive-Compulsive and Related Disorders.
  • Larson, M., Clayson, P. E., & Clawson, A. (2014). Making sense of all the conflict: A theoretical review and critique of conflict-related ERPs. International Journal of Psychophysiology, 93(3), 283-297.
  • Larson, M., Whitcomb, K., Hunt, I. J., & Bjornn, D. (2014). Insight in individuals with obsessive-compulsive disorder: Treatment effects and an illustrative case example. Clinical Handbook of Obsessive-Compulsive and Related Disorders: A Case-Based Approach to Treating Pediatric and Adult Populations.
  • Larson, M. (2014). Insight in adults with obsessive-compulsive disorder. Comprehensive Psychiatry, 55(4), 896-903.
  • Clawson, A., Clayson, P. E., Worsham, W., Johnston, O., South, M., & Larson, M. (2014). How about watching others? Observation of error-related feedback by others in individuals with Autism Spectrum Disorders: International Journal of Psychophysiology.
  • Larson, M. (2014). Neuropsychological functioning in youth with obsessive compulsive disorder: An examination of executive function and memory impairment. Psychiatry Research, 216(1), 108-115.
  • Larson, M. (2013). Psychometric properties of conflict monitoring and conflict adaptation indices: Response time and conflict N2 event-related potentials. Psychophysiology, 50, 1209-1219.
  • Larson, M., & Baldwin, S. (2013). Cognitive conflict adaptation in generalized anxiety disorder. Biological Psychology, 94(2), 408-418.
  • Larson, M. (2013). Adaptation to emotional conflict: Evidence from a novel face emotion paradigm. PLoS One, 8(9), e75776 (1-11).
  • Larson, M., & Bigler, E. (2013). Structural and functional changes of the cingulate gyrus following traumatic brain injury: Relation to attention and executive skills. Journal of the International Neuropsychological Society, 19(8), 899-910.
  • Clawson, A., & Larson, M. (2013). Cognitive control adjustments and conflict adaptation in major depressive disorder. Psychophysiology, 50(8), 711-721.
  • Larson, M., & Steffen, P. (2013). The impact of a brief mindfulness meditation intervention on cognitive control and error-related performance monitoring. Frontiers in Human Neuroscience, 7(308), 1-12.
  • Larson, M., & Kirwan, C. (2013). What are the influences of orthogonally-manipulated valence and arousal on performance monitoring processes? The effects of affective state. International Journal of Psychophysiology, 87(3), 327-339.
  • Baldwin, S., & Larson, M. (2013). How does noise affect amplitude and latency measurement of event-related potentials (ERPs)? A methodological critique and simulation study. Psychophysiology, 50(2), 174-186.
  • Larson, M. (2012). Peer victimization in youth with autism spectrum disorders and co-occurring anxiety: Relations with psychopathology and loneliness. Journal of Developmental and Physical Disabilities, 24, 575-590.
  • Clayson, P. E., Clawson, A., & Larson, M. (2012). The effects of induced state negative affect on performance monitoring processes. Social, Cognitive, and Affective Neuroscience, 7(6), 677-688.
  • Hanlon, B., Larson, M., Bailey, B., & LeCheminant, J. (2012). Neural response to pictures of food after exercise in normal-weight and obese women. Medicine and Science in Sports and Exercise, 44(10), 1864-1870.
  • Larson, M., Clawson, A., Clayson, P., & South, M. (2012). Cognitive control and conflict adaptation similarities in children and adults. In Developmental Neuropsychology (pp. 343-357).
  • Clayson, P. E., & Larson, M. (2012). Cognitive performance and electrophysiological indices of cognitive control: A validation study of conflict adaptation. Psychophysiology, 49(5), 627-637.
  • Larson, M., South, M., Clayson, P. E., & Clawson, A. (2012). Cognitive control and conflict adaptation in youth with high-functioning autism. In Journal of Child Psychology and Psychiatry (pp. 440-448).
  • Storch, E. A., Lewin, A. B., Larson, M., Geffken, G. R., & Murphy, T. K. (2012). Depression in youth with obsessive-compulsive disorder: Clinical phenomenology and correlates. Psychiatry Research, 196(1), 83-89.
  • Larson, M., Clayson, P. E., & Baldwin, S. (2012). Performance monitoring following conflict: Internal adjustments in cognitive control. Neuropsychologia, 50, 426-433.
  • Allen, M., Hedges, D., Farrer, T. J., & Larson, M. (2012). Assessment of brain activity during memory encoding in a patient on and off Modafinil using normative fMRI data. Neurocase, 18(1), 13-25.
  • South, M., Larson, M., White, S., Dana, J., & Crowley, M. J. (2011). Better fear conditioning is associated with reduced symptom severity in Autism Spectrum Disorders. Autism Research, 4, 414-421.
  • Clayson, P. E., & Larson, M. (2011). Effects of repetition priming on electrophysiological and behavioral indices of conflict adaptation and cognitive control. Psychophysiology, 48, 1621-1630.
  • Sozda, C. N., Larson, M., Kaufman, D. A., Schmalfuss, I. M., & Perlstein, W. M. (2011). Error-related processing following severe traumatic brain injury: An event-related functional magnetic resonance imaging (fMRI) study. International Journal of Psychophysiology, 82, 97-106.
  • Storch, E. A., Caporino, N. E., Morgan, J. R., Lewin, A. B., Rojas, A., Larson, M., & Murphy, T. K. (2011). Preliminary investigation of web-camera delivered cognitive-behavioral therapy for youth with obsessive-compulsive disorder. Psychiatry Research, 189, 407-412.
  • Clayson, P. E., & Larson, M. (2011). Conflict adaptation and sequential trial effects: Support for the conflict monitoring theory. Neuropsychologia, 49, 1953-1961.
  • Clayson, P. E., Clawson, A., & Larson, M. (2011). Sex differences in electrophysiological indices of conflict monitoring. Biological Psychology, 87(2), 282-9.
  • Larson, M., Farrer, T. J., & Clayson, P. E. (2011). Cognitive control in mild traumatic brain injury: Conflict monitoring and conflict adaptation. International Journal of Psychophysiology, 82(1), 69-78.
  • Larson, M., Fair, J. E., Farrer, T. J., & Perlstein, W. M. (2011). Predictors of performance monitoring abilities following traumatic brain injury: The influence of negative affect and cognitive sequelae. International Journal of Psychophysiology, 82(1), 61-68.
  • Reid, J. M., Arnold, E., Rosen, S., Mason, G., Larson, M., Murphy, T. K., & Storch, E. A. (2011). Hoarding behaviors among non-clinical elderly adults: Correlations with hoarding cognitions, obsessive-compulsive symptoms, and measures of general psychopathology. Journal of Anxiety Disorders, 25(8), 1116-1122.
  • Perlstein, W. M., & Larson, M. (2011). Psychophysiology and brain imaging of cognition and affect following traumatic brain injury. International Journal of Psychophysiology, 82, 1-3.
  • Earl, N., & Larson, M. (2011). Neural response to pictures of food in overweight/obese and normal-weight women. Obesity.
  • Larson, M., & Clayson, P. E. (2011). The Relationship Between Cognitive Performance and Electrophysiological Indices of Performance Monitoring. Cognitive, Affective, and Behavioral Neuroscience, 11, 159-171.
  • Larson, M., South, M., Krauskopf, E., & Clawson, A. (2011). Feedback and reward processing in high-functioning autism. Psychiatry Research, 187, 198-203.
  • Larson, M., South, M., & Merkley, T. (2011). Neuropsychological considerations in child and adolescent anxiety. Handbook of Child and Adolescent Anxiety Disorders, 1, 75-90.
  • Larson, M., South, M., & Clayson, P. E. (2011). Sex differences in error-related performance monitoring. NeuroReport(22), 44-48.
  • Fair, J. E., & Larson, M. (2011). Andrew J. Akelaitis. Encyclopedia of Clinical Neuropsychology(1), 5.
  • Larson, M. (2011). Paul Broca. Encyclopedia of Clinical Neuropsychology(1), 5.
  • Good, D. A., & Larson, M. (2011). The National Institute of Health. Encyclopedia of Clinical Neuropsychology.
  • Demery, J. A., Larson, M., Dixit, N. K., Bauer, R. M., & Perlstein, W. M. (2010). Operating characteristics of executive functioning tests following traumatic brain injury. The Clinical Neuropsychologist, 24, 1292-1308.
  • Larson, M., Baldwin, S., Good, D. A., & Fair, J. E. (2010). Temporal stability of the error- related negativity (ERN) and post-error positivity (Pe): The role of number of trials.. Psychophysiology, 47, 1167-1171.
  • Storch, E. A., Larson, M., Price, L. H., Rasmussen, S. A., Murphy, T. K., & Goodman, W. K. (2010). Psychometric analysis of the Yale-Brown Obsessive-Compulsive Scale, Second Edition Symptom Checklist. Journal of Anxiety Disorders, 24, 650-656.
  • Larson, M., Baldwin, S., Good, D. A., & Berkeljon, A. (2010). Coping responses in obsessive-compulsive disorder: Avoidance, treatment, and lifestyle factors.. Current Psychiatry Reviews, 6, 197-204.
  • Storch, E. A., Rasmussen, S. A., Price, L. H., Larson, M., Murphy, T. K., & Goodman, W. K. (2010). Development and psychometric evaluation of the Yale-Brown Obsessive-Compulsive Scale, Second Edition.. Psychological Assessment, 223-232.
  • Larson, M., Fair, J. E., Good, D. A., & Baldwin, S. (2010). Empathy and error processing.. Psychophysiology, 415-424.
  • Stroch, E. A., Larson, M., Muroff, J., Caporino, N., Geller, D., Reid, J. M., Murphy, T. K. (2010). Predictors of functional impairment in pediatric obsessive-compulsive disorder. Journal of Anxiety Disorders, 24, 275-283.
  • Larson, M., Good, D. A., & Fair, J. E. (2010). The relationship between performance monitoring, satisfaction with life, and positive personality traits.. Biological Psychology, 3, 222-228.
  • Markarian, Y., Larson, M., Aldea, M. A., Baldwin, S., Good, D. A., Berkeljon, A., McKay, D. (2010). Multiple pathways to functional impairment in obsessive- compulsive disorder.. Clinical Psychology Review, 30, 78-88.