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Dr. Patrick Anselme

Ruhr-University Bochum
Fakultät für Psychologie
AE Biopsychologie
D-44780 Bochum, Germany

Room: GAFO 05/624
Phone: +49 234 32 24917
Fax: +49 234 32 14377


Curriculum Vitae

Since 2015 Temporary PI at the Ruhr-University of Bochum (lab of Prof. Onur Güntürkün)
2011 (full year) Post-doctoral fellow at the University of Michigan (lab of Prof. Kent C. Berridge)
2007 – 2010 Clinical research in neuropsychology at the Come-Back center (Eupen, Belgium)
2003 – 2007 PhD in Psychology (University of Liège, lab of Prof. Ezio Tirelli)
1998 – 1999 Pre-doctoral specialisation in cognitive sciences (Free University of Brussels)
1993 – 1998 Master in Psychology (University of Liège, lab of Prof. Robert M. French)



  • Motivation & reward
  • Dopamine’s role
  • Gambling-like behaviour
  • Decision making under uncertainty
  • Optimal foraging

research projects

My project aims to determine the role of dopamine in the excitatory properties of reward uncertainty both in autoshaping and in free-choice conditions. I use pigeons as an animal model.


publication list


  • Singer, B.F., Anselme, P., Robinson, M.J.F., Vezina, P. (eds.) (2014). Neuronal and psychological underpinnings of pathological gambling. Lausanne: Frontiers Media S.A. (Research Topic for Frontiers in Behavioral Neuroscience).

Peer-reviewed articles

  • Robinson, M.J.F., Anselme, P., Suchomel, K., & Berridge, K.C. (in press). Amphetamine-induced sensitization and reward uncertainty similarly enhance the incentive salience of conditioned cues. Behavioral Neuroscience.
  • Anselme, P. (in press). Enhanced exploratory activity in woodlice exposed to random visuo-tactile cues. Learning and Motivation.
  • Anselme, P. (2015). Does reward unpredictability reflect risk? Behavioural Brain Research, 280, 119-127.
  • Anselme, P. (2015). Incentive salience attribution under reward uncertainty: a Pavlovian model. Behavioural Processes, 111, 6-18.
  • Singer, B.F., Anselme, P., Robinson, M.J.F., Vezina, P. (2014). Neuronal and psychological underpinnings of pathological gambling. Frontiers in Behavioral Neuroscience, 8, 5-6.
  • Robinson, M.J.F., Anselme, P., Fischer, A.M. & Berridge, K.C. (2014). Initial uncertainty in Pavlovian reward prediction persistently elevates incentive salience and extends sign-tracking to normally unattractive cues. Behavioural Brain Research, 266, 119-130.
  • Anselme, P. & Robinson, M.J.F. (2013). What motivates gambling behavior? Insight into dopamine’s role. Frontiers in Behavioral Neuroscience, 7, 52-55.
  • Anselme, P. (2013). Dopamine, motivation, and the evolutionary significance of gambling-like behaviour. Behavioural Brain Research, 256(1): 1-4.
  • Anselme, P. (2013). Preference for rich, random tactile stimulation in woodlice (Porcellio scaber). Learning and Motivation, 44(4), 326-336.
  • Anselme, P., Poncelet, M., Bouwens, S., Knips, S., Lekeu, F., Olivier, C., Quittre, A., van Heugten, C., Warginaire, S., Wojtasik, V., Verhey, F., Salmon, E. & Majerus, S. (2013). Profinteg: a tool for real-life assessment of activities of daily living in patients with cognitive impairment. Psychologica Belgica, 53(1): 3-22.
  • Anselme, P. (2013). Sensitivity to tactile novelty in the terrestrial isopod, Porcellio scaber. Behavioural Processes, 92(1): 52-59.
  • Anselme, P., Robinson, M.J.F. & Berridge, K.C. (2013). Reward uncertainty enhances incentive salience attribution as sign-tracking. Behavioural Brain Research, 238(1): 53-61.
  • Anselme, P. (2012). Modularity of mind and the role of incentive motivation in representing novelty. Animal Cognition, 15(4): 443-459.
  • Anselme, P. & Tirelli, E. (2012). Spécificité et propriétés interactives des motivations incitatrices : le rôle de la cognition. Psychologie Française, 57(3): 175-191.
  • Anselme, P. (2012). Loss in risk-taking: absence of optimal gain or reduction in one’s own resources? Behavioural Brain Research, 229(2): 443-446.
  • Anselme, P. (2010). The uncertainty processing theory of motivation. Behavioural Brain Research, 208(2): 291-310.
  • Anselme, P. (2009). The effect of exposure to drugs on the processing of natural rewards. Neuroscience and Biobehavioral Reviews, 33(3): 314-335.
  • Anselme, P. (2008). Abnormal patterns of displacement activities: a review and reinterpretation. Behavioural Processes, 79(1): 48-58.
  • Anselme, P., Bernaerts, P. & Poncin, P. (2008). Daily activity rhythms of the African catfish Heterobranchus longifilis (Clariidae) in an experimental enclosure. Aquatic Living Resources, 21(4): 419-422.
  • Anselme, P. (2007). Some conceptual problems with the classical theory of behaviour. Behavioural Processes, 75(3): 259-275.
  • Anselme, P. (2006). Opportunistic behaviour in animals and robots. Journal of Experimental and Theoretical Artificial Intelligence, 18(1): 1-15.
  • Anselme, P. (2003). The frame problem in cognitive modeling. Cognitive Science Quarterly, 3(3): 329-350.
  • Thibaut, J.-P., Dupont, M. & Anselme, P. (2002). Dissociations between categorization and similarity judgements as a result of learning feature distributions. Memory & Cognition, 30(4): 647-656.
  • French, R.M. & Anselme, P. (1999). Interactively converging on context-sensitive representations: a solution to the frame problem. Revue Internationale de Philosophie, 209(3): 365-385.





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