Donders Institute for Brain, Cognition and Behaviour
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Theme 3: Plasticity and Memory

Brain Networks in Regulation

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The research group is located within the Cognitive Neuroscience Department of the Radboud University Medical Centre and the Donders Institute for Brain, Cognition and Behaviour. We conduct a range of studies on affective processing, its influences on cognitive and mnemonic processes and its interrelation with motivational aspects. The major focus in these fields is related to questions on how our emotions are consciously or unconsciously regulated, which motivational factors have an influence and whether regulatory principles transfer to other domains of human functioning, such as memory and executive functioning.

To investigate these constructs, we mainly use neuroimaging and psychophysiological measures in the research. Currently, important topics of interest are how emotion regulation and cognitive control are implemented in the large-scale network structure of the brain and how this relates to nutrition, glucose metabolism, gut-brain interactions and stress. These current research foci are applied or planned to be applied in psychiatric, public health and educational contexts.

Name: Nils Kohn
Telephone: 024-3610866

Visiting address:

Trigon Building
Kapittelweg 29
6525 EN Nijmegen
The Netherlands

Postal address:

Radboud University Medical Center
Donders Institute - Trigon Building
P.O. Box 9101
6500 HB Nijmegen
The Netherlands

Research grants

START programme of the medical faculty, RWTH Aachen University ‘Glucagon modulated connectivity and BOLD response’ (2009; €75k)

BIAL foundation, Portugal; ‘Cortical representations of Trance’ (2011; €65k)

NRW-EU Ziel 2 (EFRE) Förder-wettbewerb „IuK & Gender Med“, Ministry of Health, (MGEPA) of North Rhine Westphalia, ‘Gender sensitive prevention and therapy of victims of violence’ (2012; €1.145k)

RWTH Start Up Grant, RWTH Aachen University, ‘Moderation of economic decision making by empathy’ (2014, 20k)

Key publications
  • Kohn N, Scheller M, Eickhoff S, Habel U (2014). Neural network of cognitive emotion regulation: A ALE meta-analysis and MACM analysis. Neuroimage. 87; 345-55
  • Kohn N, Toygar T, Berthold-Losleben M, Orfanos S, Vocke S, Wassenberg A, Chechko N, Karges W, Schneider F, Habel, U (2015). In a sweet mood: Interaction of neural and behavioural correlates of emotion processing with blood glucose levels. NeuroImage
  • Kohn N, Wassenberg, A, Toygar, T, Kellermann, T, Weidenfeld, C, Berthold-Losleben, M, Laoutidis, ZG, Schneider, F, Karges, W, Habel, U (2016). Prolonged fasting impairs neural reactivity to visual stimulation. Brain Structure and Function. Jan;221(1):147-58
  • Clemens B, Wagels L, Bauchmüller M, Bergs R, Habel U, Kohn N (2017). Alerted default mode: functional connectivity changes in the aftermath of social stress. Scientific Reports; 7, 40180.
  • Kohn N, Hermans E, Fernandez G (2017). Cognitive benefit and cost of acute stress is differentially modulated by individual brain state. Social Cognitive and Affective Neuroscience. 12(7);1179-1187.
  • Wagels L, Bergs R, Clemens B, Gur R, Habel U, Kohn N (2017). Contextual exclusion processing: An fMRI study of rejection in a performance-related context. Brain Imaging and Behaviour. 11(3);874-886
  • Morawetz, C., Riedel, M. C., Salo, T., Berboth, S., Eickhoff, S., Laird, A. R., & Kohn, N. (2020). Multiple large-scale neural networks underlying emotion regulation. Neuroscience & Biobehavioral Reviews.
  • Liu, W., Peeters, N., Fernández, G., & Kohn, N. (2020). Common neural and transcriptional correlates of inhibitory control underlie emotion regulation and memory control. Social cognitive and affective neuroscience, 15(5), 523-536.

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Theme 3:
Plasticity and Memory

Research Group
Brain Networks in Regulation

Associate Principal Investigator
N. Kohn, PhD.

Hongxia Duan

Research Assistant
Joran Muller

Anne-Kathrin Brehl
Tamara de Kloe

MSc Students
Aditya Bali