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Jonathan Kanen

Jonathan Kanen

Office Phone: (3)30272


Jonathan earned his BA in Psychology at Vassar College in Poughkeepsie, New York. He then worked as a research assistant for Elizabeth Phelps at New York University. Jonathan has completed half of his MD degree at Cooper Medical School of Rowan University in Camden, New Jersey, which he will complete following his PhD. In 2015, he was awarded a Gates Cambridge Scholarship to undertake PhD study in Psychology at the University of Cambridge under the supervision of Trevor Robbins and Barbara Sahakian. 

Departments and Institutes


Research Interests

compulsivity, memory reconsolidation, neuropsychopharmacology, neuropsychiatry

Key Publications

Hermans EJ, Kanen JW, Tambini A, Fernández G, Davachi L, Phelps EA (2016). Persistence of amygdala-hippocampal connectivity and multi-voxel correlation structures during awake rest after fear learning predicts long-term expression of fear. Cerebral Cortex

Steinfurth ECK, Kanen JW, Raio CM, Clem R, Huganir R, Phelps EA (2014). Recent and remote Pavlovian fear memories can be modified with extinction training during reconsolidation in humans. Learning & Memory,21(7), 338-341.

Schiller D, Kanen JW, LeDoux JE, Monfils MH, Phelps EA (2013). Extinction during reconsolidation of threat memory diminishes prefrontal cortex involvement. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences110(50), 20040-20045.