Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine

Kahnt Laboratory

About Our Lab

We study the neural and computational principles of learning and decision-making, with a focus on the role of olfaction in these behaviors. Our lab uses olfactory psychophysics, computational modeling, TMS, fMRI, and advanced multivariate analyses techniques. This research may advance our understanding of decision-making deficits in neuropsychiatric dysfunctions, obesity, and addiction, and may ultimately lead to novel diagnostic markers and treatment strategies for these disorders.

Selected Publications

Howard JD, Kahnt T. Identity prediction errors in the human midbrain update reward-identity expectations in the orbitofrontal cortexNature Communications. 2018 Apr 23; 9:1611

Howard JD, Kahnt T. Identity-specific reward representations in orbitofrontal cortex are modulated by selective devaluationJournal of Neuroscience 2017 Mar 8; 37(10):2627-2638. PMID: 28159906.

Howard JD, Gottfried JA, Tobler PN, Kahnt T. Identity-specific coding of future rewards in the human orbitofrontal cortexProc Natl Acad Sci USA 2015, 112(16):5195-200. PMID: 25848032

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News & Events

Our work in the news: 

Giving Proof (New York Times Magazine, September 14, 2017)

After a Meal, Foods Aren't the Same in the Orbitofrontal Cortex (, June 8, 2017)

Food Odors Are More Enticing to Sleep-Deprived Brains (, April 2, 2017)

Thorsten Kahnt, PhD

Thorsten Kahnt, PhD
Assistant Professor in Neurology - Ken and Ruth Davee Department

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