Cognitive Neuroimaging Laboratory
The implementation of cognitive control by the human brain is critical to a range of everyday activities, and the failure of this mechanism is believed to contribute to the symptom profile of a number of clinical conditions.
The aim of our research is to examine the psychological processes, and the neural mechanisms underlying them, which signal the requirement for implementation of greater cognitive control. Our research involves the study of these processes in both healthy adults (across the lifespan) and a range of clinical groups.
David Munro (co-supervising with Dr Christian Nicholas and Prof. John Trinder)
See 'Download Research Publications' below for a complete listing (2004 - present) of Associate Professor Hester's publications.
- O'Connor DA, Meade B, Carter O, Rossiter S, Hester R. (in press). Behavioral sensitivity to reward is reduced for far objects. Psychological Science.
- Hester R, Luitjen M. Neural correlates of attentional bias in addiction. CNS Spectrums 2013; August: 1-8.
- Luijten M, O'Connor DA, Rossiter S, Franken IHA, Hester R. Effects of reward and punishment on brain activations associated with inhibitory control in cigarette smokers. Addiction 2013.
- Nandam LS, Hester R, Wagner J, Dean AJ, Messer C, Honeysett A, Nathan PJ, Bellgrove MA. Dopamine D2 modulation of human action inhibition and error awareness. Journal of Cognitive Neuroscience 2013; 25(4): 649-656.
- Hester R, Bell R, Foxe JJ, Garavan H. The influence of monetary punishment on cognitive control in abstinent cocaine users. Drug and Alcohol Dependence 2013.
- Luitjen M, Veltman DJ, Hester R, Smits M, Nijs I, Pepplinkhuizen L, Franken I. (In Press). The role of dopamine in inhibitory control in smokers and non-smokers: a pharmacological fMRI study. European Neuropsychopharmacology.
- Luitjen M, Veltman DJ, Hester R, Smits M, Pepplinkhuizen L, Franken I. Brain activation associated with attentional bias in smokers is modulated by a dopamine antagonist. Neuropsychopharmacology 2012; 37(13): 2772-2779.
- Orr C, Hester R. Error-related anterior cingulate cortex activity and the prediction of conscious error awareness. Frontiers in Human Neuroscience 2013.
- O'Connor D, Rossiter S, Yucel M, Lubman DI, Hester R. Successful inhibitory control over an immediate reward is associated with attentional disengagement in visual processing areas. NeuroImage 2013; 62: 1841-47.
- Lee N, Pennay A, Hester R, McKetin R, Nielsen S, Ferris J. A pilot randomised controlled trial of modafinil during acute methamphetamine withdrawal: Feasibility, tolerability and clinical outcomes. Drug and Alcohol Review 2013.
- Rossiter S, Thompson J, Hester R. Improving control over the impulse for reward: Sensitivity of harmful alcohol drinkers to delayed reward but not immediate punishment. Drug and Alcohol Dependence 2012.
- Murphy PR, Robertson IH, Allen D, Hester R, O'Connell RG. An electrophysiological signal that precisely tracks the emergence of error awareness. Frontiers in Human Neuroscience 2012; 6: 65.
- Hester R, Nandam LS, O'Connell RG, Wagner J, Strudwick M, Nathan PJ, et al. Neurochemical enhancement of conscious error awareness. Journal of Neuroscience 2012; 32(8): 2619-2627.
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