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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


  • cognitive
  • behaviour
  • prefrontal
  • psychiatry
  • neuroscience
  • psychopharmacology

Key Publications

Kanen JW, Ersche KD, Fineberg NA, Robbins TW, Cardinal RN (2019) Computational modelling reveals contrasting effects on reinforcement learning and cognitive flexibility in stimulant use disorder and obsessive-compulsive disorder: remediating effects of dopaminergic D2/3 receptor agents. Psychopharmacology

de Voogd LD, Kanen JW, Neville DA, Roelofs K, Fernández G, Hermans EJ (2018) Eye-Movement Intervention Enhances Extinction via Amygdala Deactivation. Journal of Neuroscience, 38 (40), 8694-8706

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, 27 (5), 3028-3041

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 & Memory21(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.