Dr Mike J.F. Robinson

Mike RobinsonResearch

My research focuses on conditions and brain structures that exacerbate reward and the motivational value attributed to a cue, particularly in the context of addiction and cue-elicited craving and relapse. My approach includes the use of optogenetics combined with behavioral approaches to uncover the mechanisms underlying excessive attribution of incentive value for drug addiction, gambling and diet-induced obesity.

Assistant Professor of Psychology, Neuroscience & Behavior and College of Integrative Sciences

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Background & Education

After growing up in France, I moved to the United Kingdom to study Neuroscience at the University of Sussex in Brighton, followed by graduate training in Experimental Psychology at McGill University, in Montreal Canada under the supervision of Dr Keith Franklin. After postdoctoral training at the University of Michigan with Dr. Kent Berridge, I joined the Department of Psychology here at Wesleyan University where I am currently an Assistant Professor of Psychology and Neuroscience & Behavior.

Postdoctoral Training

  • University of Michigan (2009-2013)
  • Advisor: Kent C. Berridge, PhD

Graduate Training

  • PhD in Experimental Psychology (2005-2009)
  • MSc in Experimental Psychology (2002-2004)
  • McGill University
  • Advisor: Keith Franklin, PhD

Undergraduate Training

  • BSc Hons. Neuroscience (1998-2001)
  • Sussex University

Awards & Honors

  • NIDA R03 (DA045281) – 2018
  • Winter Conference on Brain Research Travel Fellow, Whistler, BC – 2018
  • Winter Conference on Brain Research Outstanding Poster Award, Whistler, BC – 2018
  • Grants in Support of Scholarship (GISOS) – 2017
  • National Center for Responsible Gaming (NCRG)- 2016
  • Experiment.com – 2016
  • Grants in Support of Scholarship (GISOS) – 2015
  • Grants in Support of Scholarship (GISOS) – 2014
  • Post-Doctoral Fine Science Tools Travel Award – 2012
  • McGill Graduate Studies Fellowship – 2008 & 2009
  • McGill Alma Mater Student Travel Award – 2005, 2007-2009
  • Michael Quek Teaching Assistant Award – 2006
  • Council of Canadian Departments in Psychology (CCDP) Certificate of Teaching Excellence – 2003-2005

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