Conference Presentations

  • Robinson M.J.F., Tom R.L., Ahuja A., Maniates H. Optogenetic stimulation of the central amygdala generates addiction-like preference for reward despite adverse consequences. Society for Neuroscience & MCCS, Oct 2015, Chicago.
  • Lesser E.N., Mi S.J., Arroyo-Ramirez A., Robinson M.J.F. ‘Liking’ and ‘wanting’ for a sweet reward in rodents maintained on a prenatal and lifetime junk food diet. Society for Neuroscience & MCCS, Oct 2015, Chicago.
  • Robinson M.J.F., Tom R.L., Ahuja A., Maniates H. Optogenetic stimulation of the central amygdala enhances incentive motivation despite adverse consequences. Gordon Research Conference, Aug 2015, Easton MA.
  • Robinson M.J.F., Castro D.C., Berridge K.C. Optogenetic VTA dopamine stimulation supports motivated ‘wanting’ for a reward but does not enhance hedonic ‘liking’. Society for Neuroscience & MCCS, Nov 2014, Washington D.C.
  • Nobile C.W., Goforth P.B., Corthell J.T., Robinson M.J.F., Berridge K.C., Ferrario C.R. The enhancement of cue-induced motivation in obesity-prone vs. resistant rats is accompanied by sensitization to cocaine and increased CP-AMPA receptor expression in the NAc. Society for Neuroscience, Nov 2014, Washington D.C.
  • Ferrario C.R., Nobile C.W., Robinson M.J.F., Berridge K.C. Selective enhancement of cue-induced motivation in obesity prone vs. resistant rats is accompanied by sensitization to cocaine and increased striatal AMPA receptor expression. American College of Neuropharmacology 2013, Hollywood, Florida.
  • Robinson M.J.F., Berridge K.C. Optogenetic excitation of the central amygdala controls choice by making an outcome more ‘wanted’. Society for Neuroscience & MCCS 2013, San Diego.
  • Ferrario C.R., Robinson M.J.F., Burghardt P.R., Nobile C.W., Akil H., Watson S.J., Berridge K.C. Prolonged exposure to a “junk food” diet decreases D2 mRNA expression in NAc and VTA of all rats, while selectively enhancing cue-induced motivation for sweet incentives in obesity-prone rats. Society for Neuroscience 2013, San Diego.
  • Miller D.L., Ferrario C.R., Robinson M.J.F., Berridge K.C. Pre-existing differences in persistent attraction to food cues in obesity-prone individuals. Society for Neuroscience 2013, Michigan Chapter, Detroit.
  • Robinson M.J.F., Berridge K.C. Natural rewards, gambling and addiction: re-computation of incentive motivation for reward cues. Society for Neuroscience 2012, New Orleans. SfN Press release “Hot Topic”
  • Ferrario C.R., Robinson M.J.F., Patterson C.M., Burghardt P.R., Akil H., Watson S.J., Berridge K.C. A “junk food” diet enhances motivation for a sucrose-paired cue in obesity prone, but not obesity resistant, rats. Society for Neuroscience 2012, New Orleans. SfN Press release “Hot Topic”
  • Robinson M.J.F., Berridge K.C. Motivational magnets: what do sucrose, salt and cocaine cues have in common? Federation of European Neuroscience (FENS) 2012, Barcelona, Spain
  • Robinson M.J.F., Fischer A., Anselme P., Berridge K.C. Drawn in by the unpredictable: reward uncertainty broadens the spotlight of incentive salience attribution. Michigan Chapter of the Society for Neuroscience 2012, Ann Arbor, Michigan
  • Robinson M.J.F., Berridge K.C. Cocaine versus natural sucrose rewards: Motivational magnet differences in Pavlovian CSs when UCSs are equivalently delivered. Society for Neuroscience 2011, Washington D.C.
  • Anselme P., Robinson M.J.F., Difeliceantonio A.G., Berridge K.C. Replacement of goal-tracking by sign-tracking under reward uncertainty, and impairment by dopamine antagonism in the rat. Society for Neuroscience 2011, Washington D.C.
  • Robinson M.J.F., Berridge K.C. Instant incentive salience: Dynamic transformation of an aversive salt cue into a ‘wanted’ motivational magnet. Society for Neuroscience 2010, San Diego
  • Robinson M.J.F., Ross E.C., Franklin K.B.J. Susceptibility to reconsolidation block fades with repeated reactivation. Society for Neuroscience 2009, Chicago
  • Robinson M.J.F., Franklin K.B.J. The effect of propranolol and midazolam on the reconsolidation of a well-conditioned morphine place preference. Society for Neuroscience 2008, Washington, DC
  • Franklin K.B.J., Robinson M.J.F. Effect of propranolol on the reconsolidation of a morphine conditioned place preference in dependent rats. Society for Neuroscience 2008, Washington, DC
  • Robinson M.J.F., Franklin K.B.J. Reconsolidation of a morphine-conditioned place preference blocked by propranolol and benzodiazepine. Society for Neuroscience 2007, San Diego
  • Robinson M.J.F., Franklin K.B.J. L’inhibition de la synthèse de protéine bloque la consolidation, mais pas la reconsolidation pour une préférence conditionnée d’endroit. Société du Québec des Recherches en Psychologie (SQRP) Montréal, Québec
  • Robinson M.J.F., Franklin K.B.J. Protein synthesis inhibition blocks new but not reactivated memories for a conditioned place preference. Society for Neuroscience 2005, Washington, DC

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