Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine

Kahnt Laboratory



Howard JD, Kahnt, T. Causal investigations into orbitofrontal control of human decision making. Curr Opin Behav Sci. 2021 April; 38:14-19. 


Echevarria-Cooper SL, Kahnt T. The role of memory in addiction: a commentary on Bornstein and Pickard memory sampling theory. Neuropsychopharmacol. 2020. PMID: 32005972

Wang F, Schoenbaum G, Kahnt T. Interactions between human orbitofrontal cortex and hippocampus support model-based inference. PLoS Biol. 2020 Jan 21;18(1):e3000578. PMID: 31961854

Howard JD, Reynolds R, Smith DE, Voss JL, Schoenbaum G, Kahnt T. Targeted Stimulation of Human Orbitofrontal Networks Disrupts Outcome-Guided Behavior. Curr Biol. 2020 Feb 3;30(3):490-498. PMID:  31956033


Stalnaker T, Howard JD, Takahashi YK, Gershman SJ, Kahnt T, Schoenbaum G. Dopamine neuron ensembles signal the content of sensory prediction errors. eLife. 2019 Nov 1; 8:e49315. PMID: 31674910

Bhutani S, Howard JD, Reynolds R, Zee PC, Gottfried JA, Kahnt T. Olfactory connectivity mediates sleep-dependent food choices in humans. eLife. 2019 Oct 8; 8:e49053. PMID: 31591965

Zhou G, Lane G, Cooper SL, Kahnt T, Zelano C. Characterizing functional pathways of the human olfactory system. eLife. 2019 Jul 24; 8:e47177. PMID: 31339489

Bao X, Gjorgieva E, Shanahan LK, Howard JD, Kahnt T, Gottfried JA. Grid-like Neural Representations Support Olfactory Navigation of a Two-Dimensional Odor Space. Neuron. 2019 Jun 5;102(5):1066-1075. PMID: 31023509

Suarez JA, Howard JD, Schoenbaum G, Kahnt T. Sensory prediction errors in the human midbrain signal identity violations independent of perceptual distance. eLife. 2019 Apr 5; 8:e43962. PMID: 30950792


Shanahan LK, Gjorgieva E, Paller KA, Kahnt T, Gottfried JA. Odor-evoked category reactivation in human ventromedial prefrontal cortex during sleep promotes memory consolidation. eLife. 2018 Dec 18; 7:e39681. PMID: 30560782

Weber SC, Kahnt T, Quednow BB, Tobler PN. Fronto-striatal pathways gate processing of behaviorally relevant reward dimensions. PLoS Biology. 2018 16(10):e2005722. PMID: 30339662

Kahnt T. A decade of decoding reward-related fMRI signals and where we go from here. NeuroImage 2018 Oct 15;180(Pt A):324-333. PMID: 28587898

Tegelbeckers J, Kanowski M, Krauel K, Haynes JD, Breitling C, Flechtner HH, Kahnt T. Orbitofrontal Signaling of Future Reward is Associated with Hyperactivity in Attention-Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder. Journal of Neuroscience. 2018 Jul 25; 38(30):6779–6786. PMID: 29954849.

Howard JD, Kahnt T. Identity prediction errors in the human midbrain update reward-identity expectations in the orbitofrontal cortex. Nature Communications. 2018 Apr 23; 9:1611. PMID: 29686225

Sagar V, Kahnt T. Genetic signatures of memories. eLife. 2018 Mar 21; 7:e36064. PMID: 29560859


Park SQ, Kahnt T, Dogan A, Strang S, Fehr E, Tobler PN. A neural link between generosity and happinessNature Communications. 2017 Jul 11; 8:15964. PMID: 28696410.

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.

Kahnt T, Tobler PN. Dopamine modulates the functional organization of the orbitofrontal cortex. Journal of Neuroscience 2017 Feb 8; 37(6):1493-1504. PMID: 28069917.


Weber KA 2nd, Chen Y, Wang X, Kahnt T, Parrish TB. Functional magnetic resonance imaging of the cervical spinal cord during thermal stimulation across consecutive runs. NeuroImage 2016 Sep 8; 143:267-279. PMID: 27616641

Howard JD, Kahnt T, Gottfried JA. Converging prefrontal pathways support associative and perceptual features of conditioned stimuli. Nature Communications 2016 May 4; 7:11546. PMID: 27143299

Kahnt T, Tobler PN. Dopamine regulates stimulus generalization in the human hippocampus. eLife 2016; 5:e12678. PMID: 26830462

Weber KA 2nd, Chen Y, Wang X, Kahnt T, Parrish TB. Lateralization of cervical spinal cord activity during an isometric upper extremity motor task with functional magnetic resonance imaging. NeuroImage 2016 Jan 15; 125:233-43 PMID: 26488256

Qu LP, Kahnt T, Cole SM, Gottfried, JA. De novo emergence of odor category representations in the human Brain. Journal of Neuroscience 2016 Jan 13; 36(2):468-78. PMID: 26758838 


Wisniewski D, Reverberi C, Kahnt T, Haynes, JD. The role of parietal cortex in the representation of task-reward-associations. Journal of Neuroscience 2015 Sep 9; 35(36):12355-65. PMID: 26354905

Howard JD, Gottfried JA, Tobler PN, Kahnt T. Identity-specific coding of future rewards in the human orbitofrontal cortex. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America 2015 Apr 21; 112(16):5195-200. PMID: 25848032

Kahnt T, Weber S, Hacker H, Robbins TW, Tobler PN. Dopamine D2-receptor blockade enhances decoding of prefrontal signals in humansJournal of Neuroscience 2015 Mar 4; 35(9):4104-11. PMID: 25740537


Kahnt T, Park SQ, Haynes JD, Tobler PN. Disentangling neural representations of value and salience in the human brainProceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America 2014 Apr 1; 111(13):5000-5. PMID: 24639493


Weygandt M, Mai K, Dommes E, Leupelt V, Hackmack K, Kahnt T, Rothemund Y, Spranger J, Haynes JD. The role of neural impulse control mechanisms for dietary success in obesity. NeuroImage 2013 Jul 16; 83:669-78. PMID: 23867558.

Tusche A, Kahnt T, Wisniewski D, Haynes JD. Automatic processing of political preferences in the human brain. NeuroImage 2013 May 15; 72:174-82. PMID: 23353599

Burke CJ, Brünger C, Kahnt T, Park SQ, Tobler PN. Neural integration of risk and effort costs by the frontal pole: only upon request. Journal of Neuroscience 2013 Jan 23; 33(4):1706-13. PMID: 23345243

Kahnt T, Tobler PN. Salience signals in the right temporoparietal junction facilitate value-based decisions. Journal of Neuroscience 2013 Jan 16; 33(3):863-9. PMID: 23325225


Imamoglu F, Kahnt T, Koch C, Haynes JD. Changes in functional connectivity support conscious object recognition. NeuroImage 2012 Dec; 63(4):1909-17. PMID: 22877578

Kahnt T, Park SQ, Burke CJ, Tobler PN. How glitter relates to gold: similarity-dependent reward prediction errors in the human striatum. Journal of Neuroscience 2012 Nov 14; 32(46):16521-9. PMID: 23152634

van den Bos W, Cohen MX, Kahnt T, Crone EA. Striatum-medial prefrontal cortex connectivity predicts developmental changes in reinforcement learning. Cerebral cortex  2012 Jun; 22(6):1247-55. PMID: 21817091

Kahnt T, Chang LJ, Park SQ, Heinzle J, Haynes JD. Connectivity-based parcellation of the human orbitofrontal cortexJournal of Neuroscience 2012 May 2; 32(18):6240-50. PMID: 22553030

Park SQ, Kahnt T, Talmi D, Rieskamp J, Dolan RJ, Heekeren HR. Adaptive coding of reward prediction errors is gated by striatal coupling. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America 2012 Mar 13; 109(11):4285-9. PMID: 22371590


Kahnt T, Heinzle J, Park SQ, Haynes JD. Decoding the formation of reward predictions across learning. Journal of Neuroscience 2011 Oct 12; 31(41):14624-30. PMID: 21994378

Park SQ, Kahnt T, Rieskamp J, Heekeren HR. Neurobiology of value integration: when value impacts valuation. Journal of Neuroscience 2011 Jun 22; 31(25):9307-14. PMID: 21697380

Heinzle J, Kahnt T, Haynes JD. Topographically specific functional connectivity between visual field maps in the human brain. NeuroImage 2011 Jun 1; 56(3):1426-36. PMID: 21376818

Kahnt T, Heinzle J, Park SQ, Haynes JD. Decoding different roles for vmPFC and dlPFC in multi-attribute decision making. NeuroImage 2011 May 15; 56(2):709-15. PMID: 20510371

Kahnt T, Grueschow M, Speck O, Haynes JD. Perceptual learning and decision-making in human medial frontal cortexNeuron 2011 May 12; 70(3):549-59. PMID: 21555079


Bermpohl F, Kahnt T, Dalanay U, Hägele C, Sajonz B, Wegner T, Stoy M, Adli M, Krüger S, Wrase J, Ströhle A, Bauer M, Heinz A. Altered representation of expected value in the orbitofrontal cortex in mania. Human Brain Mapping 2010 Jul; 31(7):958-69. PMID: 19950195

Park SQ, Kahnt T, Beck A, Cohen MX, Dolan RJ, Wrase J, Heinz A. Prefrontal cortex fails to learn from reward prediction errors in alcohol dependence. Journal of Neuroscience 2010 Jun 2; 30(22):7749-53. PMID: 20519550

Sajonz B, Kahnt T, Margulies DS, Park SQ, Wittmann A, Stoy M, Ströhle A, Heinz A, Northoff G, Bermpohl F. Delineating self-referential processing from episodic memory retrieval: common and dissociable networks. NeuroImage 2010 May 1; 50(4):1606-17. PMID: 20123026

Kahnt T, Heinzle J, Park SQ, Haynes JD. The neural code of reward anticipation in human orbitofrontal cortexProceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America 2010 Mar 30; 107(13):6010-5. PMID: 20231475


Beck A, Schlagenhauf F, Wüstenberg T, Hein J, Kienast T, Kahnt T, Schmack K, Hägele C, Knutson B, Heinz A, Wrase J. Ventral striatal activation during reward anticipation correlates with impulsivity in alcoholics. Biological Psychiatry 2009 Oct 15; 66(8):734-42. PMID: 19560123

Kahnt T, Park SQ, Cohen MX, Beck A, Heinz A, Wrase J. Dorsal striatal-midbrain connectivity in humans predicts how reinforcements are used to guide decisions. Journal of Cognitive Neuroscience 2009 Jul; 21(7):1332-45. PMID: 18752410

Bermpohl F, Dalanay U, Kahnt T, Sajonz B, Heimann H, Ricken R, Stoy M, Hägele C, Schlagenhauf F, Adli M, Wrase J, Ströhle A, Heinz A, Bauer M. A preliminary study of increased amygdala activation to positive affective stimuli in mania. Bipolar Disorders 2009 Feb; 11(1):70-5. PMID: 19133968


Schlagenhauf F, Juckel G, Koslowski M, Kahnt T, Knutson B, Dembler T, Kienast T, Gallinat J, Wrase J, Heinz A. Reward system activation in schizophrenic patients switched from typical neuroleptics to olanzapine. Psychopharmacology 2008 Mar; 196(4):673-84. PMID: 18097655


Wrase J, Kahnt T, Schlagenhauf F, Beck A, Cohen MX, Knutson B, Heinz A. Different neural systems adjust motor behavior in response to reward and punishment. NeuroImage 2007 Jul 15; 36(4):1253-62. PMID: 17521924

Heinz A, Wrase J, Kahnt T, Beck A, Bromand Z, Grüsser SM, Kienast T, Smolka MN, Flor H, Mann K. Brain activation elicited by affectively positive stimuli is associated with a lower risk of relapse in detoxified alcoholic subjects. Alcoholism, Clinical and Experimental Research 2007 Jul; 31(7):1138-47. PMID: 17488322

Wrase J, Schlagenhauf F, Kienast T, Wüstenberg T, Bermpohl F, Kahnt T, Beck A, Ströhle A, Juckel G, Knutson B, Heinz A. Dysfunction of reward processing correlates with alcohol craving in detoxified alcoholics. NeuroImage 2007 Apr 1; 35(2):787-94. PMID: 17291784