Professor Jack Van Honk

Neuropsychopharmachology Researcher, Department of Psychiatry and Mental Health

Research Interests

I have contributed to research and the development of causal research methodologies, in social, affective, cultural and clinical neuroscience, using a plethora of behavioural research paradigms and techniques such as EEG, ECG, eye-tracking, fMRI, rTMS, and manipulation of steroid and peptide hormones. I've acted as a research advisor, collaborator, or PI on numerous neuroscientific studies, and published in top journals such as Nature, Cell Current Biology and PNAS. Currently, my team investigates behaviour and neural plasticity after, and the (psychopathological) consequences of, developmental amygdala damage in Urbach-Wiethe disease (UWD). In the South African variant of UWD reduced expression of the ECM1 protein gene results in a remarkable selective calcification of the basolateral amygdala.

Research Areas

Clinical Neuroscience • Cognitive & Behavioural Neuroscience • Developmental Neuroscience • Neuroimaging • Molecular and Cellular Neuroscience • Computational Neuroscience • Neurophysiology and Neuroanatomy • Neurogenetics • Neuroethics