Undergraduate and graduate coauthors in italics


  • Robinson, M. J. F., Caplan, K. A., Knes, A. S., Rodríguez-Cruz, H. O., Clibanoff, C., & Freeland, C. M. (2019). Reward uncertainty attributes incentive value to reward proximal cues, while amphetamine sensitization reverts attention to more predictive reward distal cues. Progress in Neuropsychopharmacology & Biological Psychiatry, 109795–41. [PDF]
  • Anselme, P., Robinson, M. J. F. (2019). Evidence for motivational enhancement of sign-tracking behavior under reward uncertainty. J Exp Psychol Anim Learn Cogn. 2019 May. [PDF]
  • Robinson, M. J. F., Clibanoff, C., Freeland, C. M., Knes, A. S., Cote, J. R., & Russell, T. I. (2019). Distinguishing between predictive and incentive value of uncertain gambling-like cues in a Pavlovian autoshaping task. Behavioural Brain Research, 371, 111971. [PDF]
  • Russell, T. I. & Robinson, M. J. F. (2019). Effects of Nicotine Exposure and Anxiety on Motivation for Reward and Gambling-Like Cues Under Reward Uncertainty. Behavioral Neuroscience,1-18 [PDF].

  • Robinson, M. J. F. (2019). Hoarding all of the chips: Slot machine gambling and the foraging for coins. Behav Brain Sci. 2019 Jan;42:e50. [PDF]
  • Anselme, P. & Robinson, M. J. F. (2019). Incentive Motivation: The Missing Piece Between Learning and Motivation. The Cambridge Handbook of Motivation and Learning. Editors: Renninger, K. Ann; Hidi, Suzanne E. [PDF]


  • Cole, S. L., Robinson, M. J. F., & Berridge, K. C. (2018). Optogenetic self-stimulation in the nucleus accumbens: D1 reward versus D2 ambivalence. PloS One, 13(11), e0207694–29. [PDF]
  • Hellberg, S. N., Russell, T. I., & Robinson, M. J. F. (2018). Cued for risk: Evidence for an incentive sensitization framework to explain the interplay between stress and anxiety, substance abuse, and reward uncertainty in disordered gambling behavior,1–22. [PDF]
  • Robinson, M. J. F., & Anselme, P. (2018). How uncertainty sensitizes dopamine neurons and invigorates amphetamine-related behaviors. Neuropsychopharmacology, 1–2. [PDF]
  • Tom, R. L., Ahuja, A., Maniates, H., Freeland, C. M., & Robinson, M. J. F. (2018). Optogenetic Activation of the Central Amygdala Generates Addiction-like Preference for Reward. European Journal of Neuroscience, 1–45.

  • Hellberg, S. N., Levit, J. D., & Robinson, M. J. F. (2018). Under the influence: Effects of adolescent ethanol exposure and anxiety on motivation for uncertain gambling-like cues in male and female rats. Behavioural Brain Research, 337, 17–33. [PDF]


  • Warlow SM, Robinson M.J.F., Berridge KC. (2017). Optogenetic central amygdala stimulation intensifies and narrows motivation for cocaine. Journal of Neuroscience. 37(35), 8330-8348. [PDF]
  • Lesser, E. N., Arroyo-Ramirez, A., Mi, S. J., & Robinson, M. J. F. (2017). The impact of a junk-food diet during development on ‘wanting’ and ‘liking’. Behavioural Brain Research, 317, 163–178. [PDF]


  • Robinson, M. J. F., Fischer, A. M., Ahuja, A., Lesser, E. N., & Maniates, H. Roles of “Wanting” and “Liking” in Motivating Behavior: Gambling, Food, and Drug Addictions. Current Topics in Behavioral Neurosciences, 27:105-36, (2016). [PDF]


  • Anselme, P., & Robinson, M. J. F. (2015) “Wanting,” “Liking,” and Their Relation to Consciousness. Journal of Experimental Psychology: Animal Learning and Cognition (2015), 42(2), 123–140. [PDF]
  • Robinson, M. J. F., Anselme, P., Suchomel, K., & Berridge, K. C.  Amphetamine-Induced Sensitization and Reward Uncertainty Similarly Enhance Incentive Salience for Conditioned Cues. Behavioral Neuroscience, 129(4), 502–511 (2015). [PDF]
  • Robinson, M.J.F., Burghardt, P.R., Patterson, C.M., Nobile, C.W., Akil, H., Watson, S.J., Berridge, K.C., Ferrario, C.R. Individual Differences in Cue-Induced Motivation and Striatal Systems in Rats Susceptible to Diet-Induced Obesity. Neuropsychopharmacology, 40(9):2113-23 (2015). [PDF]
  • Robinson, M.J.F., Berridge, K.C. Wanting vs Needing. In: James D. Wright (editor-in-chief), International Encyclopedia of the Social & Behavioral Sciences, 2nd edition, Vol 25. Oxford: Elsevier. pp. 351–356, (2015). [PDF]


  • Robinson, M.J.F., Warlow, S.M. & Berridge, K.C. Optogenetic Excitation of Central Amygdala Amplifies and Narrows Incentive Motivation to Pursue One Reward Above Another. Journal of Neuroscience 34, 16567–16580 (2014). [PDF]
  • Robinson M.J., Anselme P., Fischer A.M., Berridge K.C. Initial uncertainty in Pavlovian reward prediction persistently elevates incentive salience and extends sign-tracking to normally unattractive cues. Behavioural Brain Research, 266, 119–130, (2014). [PDF]
  • Robinson M.J.F., Robinson T.E., Berridge K.C. Incentive salience in addiction and over-consumption. Interdisciplinary Science of Consumption, MIT Press, 2014. [PDF]


  • Anselme P., Robinson M.J. What motivates gambling behavior? Insight into dopamine’s role. Front Behav Neurosci. 2013 Dec 2;7:182. [PDF]
  • Robinson M.J.F., Berridge K.C. Instant incentive salience: Dynamic transformation of an aversive salt cue into a ‘wanted’ motivational magnet. Current Biology, 2013 Feb 18;23(4):282-9. [PDF]
  • Anselme P., Robinson M.J.F., Berridge K.C. Reward uncertainty enhances incentive salience attribution. Behavioral Brain Research, 2013 Feb 1;238:53-61. [PDF]
  • Robinson, M.J.F., Robinson T.E., Berridge, K.C. Incentive salience and the transition to addiction. Biological Research on Addiction 391–399 (Elsevier, 2013) [PDF]


  • Richard J.M., Castro D.C., DiFeliceantonio A.G., Robinson M.J.F., Berridge K.C. Mapping brain circuits of reward and motivation: In the footsteps of Ann Kelley. Neuroscience & Biobehavioral Reviews 2013 Nov;37(9 Pt A):1919-31. Epub 2012 Dec 19. [PDF]


  • Robinson M.J., Armson M., Franklin K.B. The effect of morphine propranolol and midazolam on the reconsolidation of a morphine place preference in chronically treated rats. Frontiers in Behavioral Neuroscience, 2011;5:42. Epub 2011 Jul 28. [PDF]


  • Robinson M.J., Ross E.C., Franklin K.B. The effect of propranolol dose and novelty of the reactivation procedure on the reconsolidation of a morphine place preference. Behavioural Brain Research, 2011 Jan 1:216(1):281-4. Epub 2010 Aug 14. [PDF]
  • Robinson M.J., Franklin K.B. Reconsolidation of a morphine place preference: impact of the strength and age of memory on disruption by propranolol and midazolam. Behavioural Brain Research, 2010 Dec 1; 213(2):201-7. [PDF]


  • Robinson M.J., Franklin K.B. Central but not peripheral beta-adrenergic antagonism blocks reconsolidation for a morphine place preference. Behavioural Brain Research, 2007 Aug 22; 182(1); 129-34. [PDF]
  • Robinson M.J., Franklin K.B. Effects of anisomycin on consolidation and reconsolidation of a morphine-conditioned place preference. Behavioural Brain Research, 2007 Mar 12; 178(1); 146-53. [PDF]

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