I read for my PhD at Birkbeck College, University of London and then went on to receive postdoctoral training at University College London, King's College London, the National Institute of Mental Health, USA and Oxford.
As a developmental cognitive neuroscientist, I use a combination of behavioural tests and brain-imaging techniques to understand how improving cognitive abilities and changes in brain function and structure shape the emerging social brain network. I am also investigating the role of the microbiome on behaviour and brain function in development, together with the BUG group.
Human beings are intensely social animals. For example, we are so tuned towards detecting social cues that we see faces that aren't even there!
My research group investigates how children and adolescents learn to make sense of the social world and how this is reflected in the improving social cognitive abilities and the underlying brain networks changes. Recently we have also begun to investigate the role of the microbiome in shaping behaviour and brain function during development
Our research is also motivated by the hope that a better understanding of the set-up process during development can provide insights into the developmental mechanisms of learning and plasticity.
In turn, this will then allow us to spot variations and potential problems early.
Johnstone, N., & Cohen Kadosh, K. (in press). Why a developmental cognitive neuroscience approach may be key for future-proofing microbiota-gut-brain research: commentary on Microbiota-gut-brain research: a critical analysis. Brain and Behavioural Sciences.
Staunton, G.P., & Cohen Kadosh, K. (2019). A systematic review of the psychological factors that influence neurofeedback learning outcomes. NeuroImage. 15: 545-555. doi: 10.1016/j.neuroimage.2018.10.021.
Cohen Kadosh, K., Haller, S. P. W., Schliephake, L., Duta, M. D., Scerif, G., & Lau, J. Y. F. (2018). Subclinically anxious adolescents do not display attention biases when processing emotional faces - an eye-tracking study. Frontiers: Cognition. 9: 1584. doi: 10.3389/fpsyg.2018.01584. pdf
Haller, S.P.W., Mills, K.L., Hartwright, C.E., David, A. S., & Cohen Kadosh, K. (2018). When change is the only constant: The promise of longitudinal neuroimaging in understanding social anxiety disorder. Developmental Cognitive Neuroscience. 33: 73-82. doi.org/10.1016/j.dcn.2018.05.005. pdf
Steinbeis, N, Crone, E., Blakemore, S-J., & Cohen Kadosh, K. (2017). Development holds the key to understanding the interplay of nature versus nurture in shaping the individual. Developmental Cognitive Neuroscience. 25: 1-4. doi: 10.1016/j.dcn.2017.05.006.
Haller, S.P.W., Doherty, B., Duta., M., Cohen Kadosh, K., Lau, J.Y.F., & Scerif, G., (2017). Attention allocation and social worries predict interpretations of peer-related social cues in adolescents. Developmental Cognitive Neuroscience. 25: 105-112. doi: 10.1016/j.dcn.2017.03.004. pdf
Fuhrmann, D., Knoll, L.J., Sakhardande, A.L., Speekenbring, M., Cohen Kadosh, K., & Blakemore S.-J. (2017). Perception and recognition of faces in adolescence. Scientific Reports. 6. 33497 doi:10.1038/srep33497. pdf
Shore, T., Cohen Kadosh, K., Lommen, M., Cooper, M., & Lau, J.Y.F. (2017). Investigating the effectiveness of brief cognitive reappraisal training to reduce fear in adolescents. Cognition and Emotion. 31(4): 806-815. doi:10.1080/02699931.2016.1159542.
Cohen Kadosh, K., Lisk, S., & Lau, J.Y.F. (2016). The Ethics of (Neuro) Feeding Back to the Developing Brain. American Journal of Bioethics Neuroscience. 7(2): 132-133, doi:10.1080/21507740.2016.1189979. pdf
Shore, T., Cohen Kadosh, K., Lommen, M., Cooper, M., & Lau, J.Y.F. (2016). Investigating the effectiveness of brief cognitive reappraisal training to reduce fear in adolescents. Cognition and Emotion. doi:10.1080/02699931.2016.1159542. pdf
Haller, S.P.W., Cohen Kadosh, K., Scerif, G., & Lau, J.Y.F. (2016). Measuring online interpretations and attributions of social situations: links with adolescent social anxiety. Journal of Behavior Therapy and Experimental Psychiatry. 50: 250-256. doi:10.1016/j.jbtep.2015.09.009. pdf
Cohen Kadosh, K., Luo, Q., De Burca, C., Sokunbi, M., Feng, J., Linden, D.E.J., & Lau, J.Y.F. (2016).Using real-time fMRI to influence effective connectivity in the developing emotion regulation network. NeuroImage. 15(125): 616-26. doi:10.1016/j.neuroimage.2015.09.070. pdf
Cohen Kadosh, K., Krause, B., King, A., Near, J., & Cohen Kadosh, R. (2015). Linking GABA and glutamate to cognitive skill acquisition in development. Human Brain Mapping. 36(11): 4334-4345. doi:10.1002/hbm.22921. pdf
Cohen Kadosh, K., Haddad, A.D.M., Heathcote, L.C., Murphy, R.A., Pine, D.S., & Lau, J.Y.F. (2015). High trait anxiety during adolescence interferes with discriminatory context and safety learning. Neurobiology of Learning and Memory. 123: 50-57. doi:10.1016/j.nlm.2015.05.002. pdf
Fonville, L., Cohen Kadosh, K., Drakesmith, M., Zammit, S., Reichenberg, A., Mollon, J., Lewis, G., Jones, D.K., & David, A. (2015). Psychotic Experiences, Working Memory and the Developing Brain: a Multimodal Neuroimaging Study. Cerebral Cortex. 25 (12): 4828. doi:10.1093/cercor/bhv181. pdf
Haller, S.P.W., Cohen Kadosh, K., Scerif, G., & Lau, J.Y.F. (2015). Social anxiety disorder: a new developmental cognitive neuroscience approach to uncover risk factors during adolescence. Developmental Cognitive Neuroscience. 13: 11-20. doi:10.1016/j.dcn.2015.02.002. pdf
Haller, S.P., Cohen Kadosh, K., & Lau, J.Y.F. (2014). A developmental angle to understanding the mechanisms of biased cognition in social anxiety. Frontiers in Human Neuroscience. 7: 846.doi: 10.3389/fnhum.2013.00846. pdf
Cohen Kadosh, K., Heathcote, L.C., & Lau, J.Y.F. (2014). Age-related changes in attentional control across adolescence: How does this impact emotion regulation capacities? Frontiers in Psychology. 5, 111. doi:10.3389/fpsyg.2014.00111. pdf
Platt, B., Cohen Kadosh, K., & Lau, J.Y.F. (2013). The role of peer rejection in adolescent depression. Depression and Anxiety. 30(9): 809-821. doi:10.1002/da.22120. pdf
Cohen Kadosh, K., Linden, D.E.J., & Lau, J.Y.F. (2013). Plasticity during childhood and adolescence: innovative approaches to investigating neurocognitive development. Developmental Science. 6(4): 574-83. doi:10.1111/desc.12054. pdf
Cohen Kadosh, K., Johnson, M.H., Henson, R.N.A., Dick, F., & Blakemore, S.-J. (2013). Differential face-network adaptation in children, adolescents and adults. Neuroimage. 69C, 11. doi:10.1016/j.neuroimage.2012.11.060. pdf
Cohen Kadosh, K., Johnson, M.H., Dick, F., Cohen Kadosh, R., & Blakemore, S.-J. (2013). Effects of age, task performance, and structural brain development on face processing. Cerebral Cortex. 3(7): 1630-42. doi: 10.1016/j.neuroimage.2012.11.060. pdf
Benn, Y., Wilkinson, I. D., Zeng, Y., Cohen Kadosh, K., Romanowski, C.A.J., Siegal, M., & Varley, R. (2013). Differentiating core and co-opted mechanisms in calculation: The neuroimaging of calculation in aphasia. Brain and Cognition. 82(3): 254-264. doi:10.1111/desc.12054. pdf
Cohen Kadosh, K. (2012). Differing processing abilities for specific face properties in mid-childhood and adulthood. Frontiers in Developmental Psychology. 2(400). doi:10.3389/fpsyg.2011.00400. pdf
Burnett, S., Sebastian, C., Cohen Kadosh, K., & Blakemore, S.-J. (2011). The social brain in adolescence: evidence from functional magnetic resonance imaging and behavioural studies. Neuroscience and Biobehavioral Reviews. 35(8), 1654-1564. doi:10.1016/j.neubiorev.2010.10.011. pdf
Cohen Kadosh, K. (2011). What can emerging cortical face networks tell us about mature brain organisation?Developmental Cognitive Neuroscience. 1(3), 246-255. doi:10.1016/j.dcn.2011.02.001. pdf
Cohen Kadosh, K., Cohen Kadosh, R., Dick, F., & Johnson, M.H. (2011). Developmental changes in effective connectivity in the core face network. Cerebral Cortex. 21: 139-1394. doi:10.1093/cercor/bhq215. pdf
Cohen Kadosh, K., Walsh, V., & Cohen Kadosh, R.(2011). TMS to the right OFA impairs the processing of specific face properties. Social Cognitive and Affective Neuroscience.6(1): 58-65. doi:10.1093/scan/nsq015. pdf
Mercure, E., Cohen Kadosh, K., & Johnson, M.H. (2011). The N170 shows differential repetition suppression effects for faces, objects and orthographic stimuli. Human Frontiers in Neuroscience. 5, doi:10.3389/fnhum.2011.00006. pdf
Cohen Kadosh, K., Henson, R.N.A., Cohen Kadosh, R., Johnson, M.H., & Dick, F. (2010). Task-dependent activation in face-sensitive cortex: an fMRI adaptation study. Journal of Cognitive Neuroscience. 22(5): 903–917. pdf
Johnson, M.H., Grossmann, T., & Cohen Kadosh, K.(2009). Mapping functional brain development: Building a social brain through Interactive Specialization. Developmental Psychology. 45: 151-159. doi:10.1037/a0014548. pdf
Cohen Kadosh, R., Cohen Kadosh, K., & Henik, A. (2008). When Brightness Counts: The Neuronal Correlate of Numerical-Luminance Interference. Cerebral Cortex.18: 337-343. doi:10.1093/cercor/bhm058. pdf
Cohen Kadosh, R., Cohen Kadosh, K., Henik, A., & Linden, D.E.J. (2008). Processing conflicting information: Facilitation, interference, and functional connectivity. Neuropsychologia. 46(12): 2872-2879. doi:10.1016/j.neuropsychologia.2008.05.025. pdf
Cohen Kadosh, K., & Johnson, M.H. (2007). Developing a cortex specialized for face perception. Trends in Cognitive Sciences. 11(9): 367-369. doi:10.1016/j.tics.2007.06.007. pdf
Cohen Kadosh, R., Cohen Kadosh, K., & Henik, A. (2007). The Neural Correlate of Bi-Directional Synaesthesia. A combined ERP and fMRI study. Journal of Cognitive Neuroscience. 19: 2050-2059. pdf
Cohen Kadosh, R., Cohen Kadosh, K., Kaas, A., Henik, A., & Goebel, R. (2007). Notation-dependent and independent representations of numbers in the parietal lobes. Neuron. 53(2): 307-314. doi:10.1016/j.neuron.2006.12.025. pdf
Cohen Kadosh, R., Cohen Kadosh, K., Linden, D.E.J., Gevers, W., Berger, A., & Henik, A. (2007). The brain locus of interaction between number and size: A combined functional magnetic resonance imaging and event-related potential study. Journal of Cognitive Neuroscience. 19: 957-970. pdf
Cohen Kadosh, R., Cohen Kadosh, K., Schumann, T., Kaas, A., Goebel, R., Henik, A., & Sack, A.T. (2007). Virtual dyscalculia induced by parietal lobe TMS impairs automatic magnitude processing. Current Biology. 17(8): 689-693. doi:10.1016/j.cub.2007.02.056. pdf
Bledowski, C., Cohen Kadosh, K., Wibral, M., Rahm, B., Bittner, R.A., Hoechstetter, K., Scherg, M., Maurer, K., Goebel, R., & Linden, D. E. J. (2006). Mental Chronometry of Working Memory Retrieval: A Combined fMRI and ERP approach. Journal of Neuroscience. 26(3): 821-829. doi:10.1523/JNEUROSCI.3542-05.2006. pdf
Haller, S.P., & Cohen Kadosh, K. (in press). A developmental approach to understanding psychiatric disorders: mapping etiological pathways. In: Savulescu, J. Rethinking Biopsychosocial Psychiatry. (1st edition, pp).Oxford: University Press.
Pittner, K., Cohen Kadosh, K., & Lau, J.Y.F. (2016). Child and adolescent anxiety: Does fear conditioning play a role?. In: Murphy, R.A., & Honey, R.C. The Wiley Handbook on the Cognitive Neuroscience of Learning. (1st edition, pp.). Wiley: NJ USA. pdf
Cohen Kadosh, K., & Haller, S. P. (2015). The Social Brain in Childhood andAdolescence. In: Arthur W. Toga, editor. Brain Mapping: An Encyclopedic Reference. (1st edition, vol. 3, pp.171-175). Academic Press: Elsevier. pdf
Blakemore, S.-J., Cohen Kadosh, K., Sebastian, C., Grossmann, T., & Johnson, M.H. (2014). Development of the social brain. In: Mareschal, Butterworth & Tolmie: The Wiley-Blackwell Handbook of Educational Neuroscience. (1st edition, pp: 268-297). Wiley-Blackwell. pdf
Burnett, S, Sebastian, C., & Cohen Kadosh, K (2012). Brain development and the emergence of social function. In: Andersen & Beauchamp: Developmental social neuroscience and childhood brain insult: Implications for theory and practice. (1st edition, pp: 45-65). New York: Guilford Press.
20.06.2019 Talk, Conference on Developmental Changes in Paediatric Neurodisability, University of Groningen, Groningen, The Netherlands. Title: Development in childhood and adolescence- from brain to behaviour and back.
28.03.2019 Talk, National Institute of Health, Bethesda, USA. Title: Real-time fMRI-based neurofeedback and the developing brain.
31.10.2018 Talk, Ben-Gurion University of the Negev, Beer Sheva, Israel. Title: The role of the microbiota-gut-brain axis in brain development and mental health.
12.12.2017 Talk, Birkbeck College, London. Title: Using fMRI-based neurofeedback to train emotion-regulation networks in adolescents.
17.10.2017 Talk, Annual Meeting, Braintrain Consortium, Leipzig, Germany. Title: Functional connectivity-based neurofeedback and the developing brain.
11.10.2017 Talk, World Congress of Psychiatry, Berlin, Germany. Title: Using neurofeedback to train emotion-regulation networks in high-anxious adolescents.
26.05. 2017 Teacher training session, Haberdashers Aske's School for Boys and Girls, Elstree. Title: Development in childhood and adolescence- from brain to behaviour and back.
19.05.2017 Talk, Society for Biological Psychiatry, San Diego, USA. Title: FMRI-based neurofeedback under the microscope.
31.01.2017 Public lecture, Cafe Scientifique, Bradfield College, Bradfield. Title: Is youth wasted on the young?
09.01.2017 Teacher training session, St Catherine's School, Bramley. Title: The developing social brain in childhood and adolescence: challenges and opportunities.
04.01.2017 University of Surrey, ExciTeS 2017,Discussion round with K. Zajacova. Title: Road map through the glass ceiling: teaching students to self-guide towards achieving better grades.
28.09.2016 Opening keynote address, Project meeting 'Unge med erhvervet hjerneskade, helping young people with acquired brain injury'. Aalborg, Denmark. Title: The developing brain in childhood and adolescence
23.02.2016 Opening keynote address, GSA Deputy Heads & Senior Leaders Conference. Nottingham. Title: The developing social brain in childhood and adolescence
09.02.2016 Talk, University of Sussex, School of Psychology, Brighton. Title: Plasticity and excitability in the developing brain
02.02.2016 Talk, University of Birmingham, Department of Psychology, Birmingham. Title: Cortical excitability and plasticity in developing brain networks during childhood and adolescence
26.01.2016 Talk, University of Copenhagen, Copenhagen, Denmark. Title: Neuro-cognitive development in adolescence: the case of social functioning
22.11.2016 Talk 2 Ur Brain Symposium Tel Aviv, Israel. Title: FMRI-based neurofeedback and the developing emotion network
11.11.2015 One-day workshop, Organization for Childneuropsychologist, Copenhagen, Denmark. Title:The social brain in adolescence
16.10.2015 Talk, University of Sheffield. Department of Psychology, Sheffield. Title: Investigating cortical excitability and plasticity in developing brain networks during childhood and adolescence
27.09.2015 Names Not Numbers, Panel Discussion, Oxford. Title: Understanding Generation Z
18.09.2015 Talk, Flux Conference, Leiden, The Netherlands. Title: FMRI-based neurofeedback and the developing emotion network
20.04.2015 - 24.04.2015 Participant in ‘I’m a scientist, get me out of here’, funded by the Wellcome Trust and the National Science Foundation.
18.10.2014 Keynote address 3rd International Congress on Borderline Personality Disorder, European Society for the Study of Personality Disorders, Rome, Italy. Title:Neuro-cognitive development during childhood and adolescence
18.06.2014 Talk, Summer school: ‘What faces can reveal about social and cognitive processes, Milan, Italy. Title: Face processing abilities: a model for studying brain development during childhood and adolescence
02.04.2014 Talk, ESRC workshop: ‘'Mechanisms of social perception in adolescence, Goldsmiths College, London. Title: Face processing in childhood and adolescence.
28.11.2013 Talk, Annual Congress, Deutsche Gesellschaft fuer Psychiatrie, Psychotherapie, Psychosomatik und Nervenheilkunde, Berlin, Germany. Title: Combining real-time fMRI neurofeedback and cognitive training in adolescence
23.05.2013 Talk, 5th European Meeting on Human Fear Conditioning, Affligem, Belgium. Title: Trait anxiety levels modulate threat-learning during adolescence
18.01.2013 Opening keynote address, Annual retreat, Centre for Mental Health, Freudenstadt, Germany. Title: Neurocognitive development during childhood and adolescence
08.09.2011 One-day seminar for the Danish Psychological Society, Copenhagen, Denmark. Title: The social brain in adolescence.
27.03.2011 Keynote lecture, BioVision 2011, Lyon, France. Title: The social brain during adolescence.
09.03.2011 Talk, University of Reading, Department of Psychology, Reading. Title: The developing social brain
23.02.2011 Talk, Brunel University, Uxbridge. Title: The developing social brain: the case of face processing
8.12.2010 Talk, The Hebrew University, Department of Psychology, Jerusalem, Israel. Title: The developing social brain: childhood through adolescence
17.11.2010 Talk, University of Oxford, Department of Psychology, Oxford. Title: Pinpointing the emerging cortical networks for face processing from childhood through adulthood
19.10.2010 Talk, University of York, Department of Psychology, York. Title: The developing social brain: the case of face processing
14.05.2010 Talk, Section of Development and Affective Neuroscience, National Institute of Mental Health, Bethesda, Maryland, USA. Title: Emerging patterns of cortical specialisation: the case of face processing
09.-11.09.2009 Symposium organised for the BPS Developmental Section Conference, University of Nottingham. Title: Becoming a face expert: developmental evidence for the emergence of face-processing abilities in infants, children and young chicks
19.5.2009 Workshop for Developmental Neuroimaging, Amsterdam, The Netherlands. Title: Developmental trajectories of cortical specialisation: the case of face processing.
31.10.2008 University of Salzburg, Department of Psychology, Salzburg, Austria. Title: Cortical specialisation for face processing skills
17.09.2008 Talk, Developmental Cognitive Neuroscience Unit, Institute for Child Health, University College London, London. Title: Developing a cortex specialised for face perception: an fMRI study
01.09.2008 Talk, BPS Developmental Section Conference, Oxford Brookes University, Oxford. Title: The emergence of face specialised cortical areas: An fMRI study
18.07.2003 Talk, University of Würzburg, Arbeitskreis Bildgebung und EEG in der Psychiatrie (AKBE) Klinik für Psychiatrie und Psychotherapie, Würzburg, Germany. Title: P300 Generation - Towards the Localisation of the Categorizational Network
01.01.2002 Talk, Ben-Gurion University, Department of Behavioural Sciences, Beer- Sheva, Israel. Title: P300 and Working Memory - Investigating Retrieval Activity with ERP and fMRI