Dr Jo Haddon - PhD Cardiff

Research Associate

Research group:
Neuroscience
Email:
HaddonJE2@cardiff.ac.uk
Telephone:
029 208 70569
Location:
Tower Building, Park Place

Research summary

I am interested in the role that contextual or environmental cues play in the control of both goal-directed and reflexive behaviours. The contextual control of behaviour has been implicated in a wide variety of situations from drug addiction to the formation of episodic memories. My focus is on the neural and psychological mechanisms underlying the contextual modulation of behaviour, with particular emphasis on the involvement of the prefrontal cortex and hippocampal formation. In addition, I am also interested in how dysfunction to contextual processes may contribute to neuropsychological disorders such as schizophrenia.

Research projects

Nov 2006 - Present: BSRC - Project title: “Actions and habits: the relation between cognitive control and behavioural autonomy”

Aug 2004 - Nov 2006: NARSAD - Project title: “Cue and response conflict: hippocampal and prefrontal contributions in schizophrenia”

Selected publications (2014 onwards)

 

Full list of publications

 

Awards/external committees

Runner-up BNA Association Postgraduate Prize, 2005.

Attended reception at 10 Downing Street in honour of the “contribution of young scientists to the future of the UK”.

Conference Presentations

Haddon, J.E., & Killcross, A.S. (2007) The effect of infralimbic inactivation on the contextual control of response conflict in rats. 11th Associative Learning Symposium. Gregynog, Wales.

Haddon, J.E., Marquis, J-P, & Killcross, A.S. (2007) Prelimbic inactivation impairs, and infralimbic inactivation enhances, the contextual control of response conflict in rats. Eastern Psychological Association, 78th Annual meeting, Philadelphia.

Haddon, J.E. & Killcross, A.S. (2006) Systemic phencyclidine administration disrupts the contextual control of response conflict in rats. 10th Associative Learning Symposium. Gregynog, Wales.

Haddon, J.E. & Killcross, A.S. (2006) The influence of motivational and training factors on the contextual control of biconditional task performance in rats. Society for the Study of Artificial Intelligence and the Simulation of Behaviour: Adaptation in Artificial and Biological Systems, Bristol, United Kingdom.

Haddon, J.E. & Killcross, A.S. (2005). Incidental contextual control of biconditional task performance: The involvement of the hippocampal formation. Experimental Psychology Society/ Canadian Society for Brain, Behaviour and Cognitive Science. Montreal, Canada.

Haddon, J.E. & Killcross, A.S. (2004). The effect of medial prefrontal cortex lesions on the control of biconditional task performance. 8th Associative Learning Symposium. Gregynog, Wales.

Posters and Abstracts

Haddon, J.E., George, D.N., & Killcross (2007) A novel approach to exploring the exploitation/exploration trade-off in rats. Eastern Psychological Association, 78th Annual meeting, Philadelphia.

Haddon, J.E. & Killcross, A.S. (2005). The influence of microinfusion of D1 dopaminergic receptor agonist SKF-38393 into the prefrontal cortex on performance of biconditional discriminations of varying levels of difficulty. 11th Biennial European Behavioural Pharmacology Society. Barcelona, Spain.

Killcross, A.S., Marquis, J-P., & Haddon, J.E. (2005) GABAA agonist injection in prelimbic cortex, but not in infralimbic cortex, impairs contextual control of response conflict in rats. Behavioral Pharmacology, 16, S27.

Haddon, J.E. & Killcross, A.S. (2004). The role of the hippocampus in configural learning: an effect of task difficulty? 8th Associative Learning Symposium. Gregynog, Wales.

Haddon, J.E. & Killcross, A.S. (2004). Behavioural control by multiple conditioning cues: A rat analogue of task interference. Experimental Psychology Society, London, U.K.

Haddon, J.E. & Killcross, A.S. (2004). Incidental contextual control of biconditional task performance disrupted by reversible inactivation of the dorsal hippocampus. Experimental Psychology Society, London, U.K.

Haddon, J.E. & Killcross, A.S. (2004). The effect of medial prefrontal cortex lesions on control of biconditional task performance. 2004 Abstract viewer. Washington DC: Society for Neuroscience, No. 551.10.

Haddon, J.E., George, D.N. & Killcross, A.S. (2003). Hippocampal lesions disrupt incidental contextual control of biconditional task performance. 2003 Abstract viewer. Washington DC: Society for Neuroscience, No. 938.12.