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Researcher Profile - Britta Hahn

First Name:Britta
Last Name:Hahn
Advanced Degrees:M.Sc., Ph.D.
Affiliation:University of Maryland
Street Address 1:Maryland Psychiatric Research Center
Street Address 2:Grounds of Spring Grove Hospital
Zip/Postal Code:21228
Email Address:
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Member reports no financial or other potential conflicts of interest. [Last Modified: 2 September 2008]
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Clinical Interests:
Schizophrenia, Drug abuse
Research Focus:
Neuroanatomy/Systems Neuroscience, Neurotransmission, Brain imaging, Clinical trials, Pharmacology
Work Sector(s):
Research institute, University
Reasearcher Bio
My main area of interest are attentional functions and their pharmacological modulation, both in the normal organism and in chronic disease states characterized by attentional dysfunction. My research has focussed on nicotine as a cognitive enhancer. During my Ph.D. at King's College London, I investigated neuronal mechanisms of nicotine-induced attentional enhancement in rat models of attention. During my postdoctoral fellowship at the National Institute on Drug Abuse, I investigated neuroanatomical substrates of the effects of nicotine on specific attentional functions in humans using fMRI techniques. Currently, I am a junior faculty at the Maryland Psychiatric Research Center, where I am focussing on attentional deficits in schizophrenia. My aim is to characterize effects of nicotine on attentional functions in schizophrenia using behavioral and neuroimaging techniques.
Top Papers
Hahn B, Wolkenberg FA, Ross TJ, Myers CS, Heishman SJ, Stein DJ, Kurup P, Stein EA (2008) Divided versus selective attention: evidence for common processing mechanisms. Brain Research 1215: 137-146

Hahn B, Ross TJ, Stein EA (2007) Cingulate activation increases dynamically with response speed under stimulus unpredictability. Cerebral Cortex 17: 1664-1671

Hahn B, Ross TJ, Yang Y, Kim I, Huestis MA, Stein EA (2007) Nicotine enhances visuospatial attention by deactivating areas of the resting brain default network. Journal of Neuroscience 27: 3477-3489

Hahn B, Ross TJ, Stein EA (2006) Neuroanatomical dissociation between bottom-up and top-down processes of visuospatial selective attention. Neuroimage 32: 842-853

Hahn B, Stolerman IP (2005) Modulation of nicotine-induced attentional enhancement in rats by adrenoceptor antagonists. Psychopharmacology 177: 438-447

Hahn B, Shoaib M, Stolerman IP (2003) Involvement of the prefrontal cortex but not the dorsal hippocampus in the attention-enhancing effects of nicotine in rats. Psychopharmacology 168: 271-279

Hahn B, Sharples CGV, Wonnacott S, Shoaib M, Stolerman IP (2003) Attentional effects of nicotinic agonists in rats. Neuropharmacology 44: 1054-1067

Hahn B, Shoaib M, Stolerman IP (2002) Effects of dopamine receptor antagonists on nicotine-induced attentional enhancement. Behavioural Pharmacology 13: 621-632

Hahn B, Stolerman IP (2002) Nicotine-induced attentional enhancement in rats: effects of chronic exposure to nicotine. Neuropsychopharmacology 27: 712-722

Hahn B, Shoaib M, Stolerman IP (2002) Nicotine-induced enhancement of attention in the five-choice serial reaction time task: the influence of task-demands. Psychopharmacology 162: 129-137

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