CV & Publications

Vincenzo G. Fiore


Research Positions

  • December 2019 – Instructor. Department of Psychiatry, Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai, New York, NY, USA.
    Interests: Neural, reinforcement learning and Bayesian models of healthy and aberrant behaviour in human and non-human animals. Model-based fMRI analysis and dynamic causal modelling of brain dynamics in healthy and clinical population.
  • September 2018 – November 2019 – Associate Scientist. Department of Psychiatry, Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai, New York, NY, USA.
  • January 2016 – August 2018 – Research Associate. School of Behavioral and Brain Sciences, University of Texas at Dallas, Dallas, TX, USA.
  • January 2013 – November 2015 – Research Associate. Wellcome Trust Centre for Neuroimaging, University College London, London, UK.
  • October 2008 – October 2012 – Early Stage Researcher. Istituto di Scienze e Tecnologie della Cognizione, National Research Council, Rome, IT.
  • October 2007 – September 2008 – Internship. Istituto di Scienze e Tecnologie della Cognizione, National Research Council, Rome, IT.





  • 2019-2021 – Co-Investigator. NIH Exploratory/Developmental Research Grant Award (R21).
    Title: “Neurocomputational Mechanisms for Addiction Heterogeneity, Impulsivity and Perseverance”.



Here is a complete list of my publications on PubMed and my page on Google Scholar

  • Yu J-C*, Fiore VG*, Briggs RW, Braud J, Rubia K, Adinoff B, Gu X. 2020. An insula‐driven network computes decision uncertainty and promotes abstinence in chronic cocaine users. doi: 10.1111/ejn.14917
  • Ognibene D, Fiore VG, Gu X. 2019. Addiction beyond pharmacological effects: the role of environment complexity and bounded rationality. Neural Netw. 116:269-278 doi: 10.1016/j.neunet.2019.04.022
  • Fiore VG, Ognibene D, Adinoff B, Gu X. 2018. A Multilevel Computational Characterization of Endophenotypes in Addiction. ENeuro. 5(4).0151-18.2018; doi:10.1523/ENEURO.0151-18.2018
  • Fiore VG, Nolte T, Rigoli F, Smittenaar P, Gu X, Dolan RJ. 2018. Value Encoding in the Globus Pallidus: fMRI reveals an interaction effect between reward and dopaminergic drive. NeuroImage. 173:249-257. doi:10.1016/j.neuroimage.2018.02.048
  • Fiore VG, Kottler B, Gu X, Hirth F. 2017. In silico interrogation of insect central complex suggests computational roles for ellipsoid body in spatial navigation. Front Behav Neurosci doi: 10.3389/fnbeh.2017.00142
  • Fiore VG, Rigoli F, Stenner MP, Zaehle T, Hirth F, Heinze HJ, Dolan RJ. 2016. Changing pattern in the basal ganglia: motor switching under reduced dopaminergic drive. Sci. Rep. 6: 23327. doi: 10.1038/srep23327
  • Hauser TU, Fiore VG, Moutoussis M, Dolan RJ. 2016. Computational psychiatry of ADHD: Neural gain impairments across Marrian levels of analysis . Trends Neurosci., doi: 10.1016/j.tins.2015.12.009
  • Fiore VG, Dolan RJ, Strausfeld NJ, Hirth F. 2015. Evolutionary conserved mechanisms for the selection and maintenance of behavioural activity. Philosophical Transactions B. 370, 20150053 . DOI: 10.1098/rstb.2015.0053
  • Fiore VG, Mannella F, Mirolli M, Latagliata EC, Valzania A, Cabib S, Dolan RJ, Puglisi-Allegra S, Baldassarre G. 2015. Corticolimbic catecholamines in stress: a computational model of the appraisal of controllability. Brain Structure and Function.220(3):1339-1353. Epub 2014 Feb 28 Doi: 10.1007/s00429-014-0727-7
  • Fiore VG, Sperati V, Mannella F, Mirolli M, Gurney K, Friston K, Dolan RJ, Baldassarre G. 2014. Keep focussing: striatal dopamine multiple functions resolved in a single mechanism tested in a simulated humanoid robot. Front. Psychol. 5:124. doi: 10.3389/fpsyg.2014.00124
  • Taffoni F, Formica D, Schiavone G, Scorcia M, Tomassetti A, Polizzi di Sorrentino E, Sabbatini G, Truppa V, Mannella F, Fiore VG, et al. 2013. The “Mechatronic Board”: A Tool to Study Intrinsic Motivations in Humans, Monkeys, and Humanoid Robots. In G.Baldassarre and M.Mirolli (Eds.): Intrinsically Motivated Learning in Natural and Artificial Systems, Springer Berlin Heidelberg pages 411-432
  • Baldassarre G, Mannella F, Fiore VG, Redgrave P, Gurney K, Mirolli M. 2013. Intrinsically motivated action-outcome learning and goal-based action recall: a system-level bio-constrained computational model. Neural Netw. 41:168-187. doi: 10.1016/j.neunet.2012.09.015
    Preprint in pdf –
  • Fiore VG. 2010. Multiple realizations of the mental states – hunting for plausible chimeras. In M. D’Agostino et al. (Eds.): New Essays in Logic and Philosophy of Science, Kings College Publications: London, pages 529-538.
    Preprint in pdf.
  • Fiore VG, Mannella F, Mirolli M, Gurney K, Baldassarre G. 2008. Instrumental Conditioning Driven by Neutral Stimuli: A Model Tested with a Simulated Robotic Rat. In M. Schlesinger et al. (Eds.), Proceedings of the 8th conference on Epigenetic Robotics, in University of Sussex, UK. Lund University Cognitive Studies, 139, pages 13-20.
    Final version in pdf.

In Italian

  • Rizzoni, M. Calvano, R. et al. 2014. Libro Bianco – Università e Ricerca. Guidoni U, Fiore VG, et al. (Eds.) Rubbettino editore. ISBN 9788849841237


  • These authors contributed equally.


Conference abstracts, workshops and panel discussions

  • Panel session – ACNP annual meeting. Orlando, US, December 2019 .
  • OHBM annual meeting. Rome, IT, June 2019
  • FENS forum of Neuroscience 2018. Berlin, DE, July 2018
  • SfN, Annual Meeting of the Society for Neuroscience. Washington DC, US, November 2017.
  • 12th International Basal Ganglia Society Meeting. Mérida, MX, March 2017
  • NIPS2016 Workshop: Imperfect Decision Makers. Barcelona, ES, December 2016
  • UT Dallas – UC Berkeley Symposium, Reprogramming the Brain to Health: Computational Psychiatry and Neurology. Dallas, USA, 2016
  • Genetics Society Autumn Meeting, Building the brain: from genes, to circuits and cognition. London, UK, November 2015
  • FENS, Brain Conference – Bridging Neural Mechanisms and Cognition. Rungstedgaard, DK, April 2015
  • CNS, annual meeting of the Cognitive Neuroscience Society. Boston, USA, April 2014.
  • Workshop on Intrinsic Motivations and Open-ended Learning, Roma, IT, June 2013.
  • ICDL-EPIROB – Joint IEEE International Conference on Development and Learning and on Epigenetic Robotics. Frankfurt am Main, DE, August 2011
  • SfN, Annual Meeting of the Society for Neuroscience. San Diego, USA, November 2010.
  • BCCN, Bernstein Conference on Computational Neuroscience. Frankfurt am Main, DE, October 2009.
  • EPIROB 8: Epigenetic Robotics Conference, Sussex Univ., UK, July 2008
  • PPNB, Philosophy of Psychology, Neuroscience, and Biology. Bristol, UK, March 2007.


Teaching Experience

  • Jul 2019 – Introductory methods for the “Computational Psychiatry Summer Course”, MSSM
  • 2016-18 – Supervision of PhD and undergraduate students, UTD.
  • 2017-18 – Temporary lecturer: “Introduction to Neuroscience” course, UTD.
  • Jul 2017 – Invited talk at the “Computational Psychiatry Summer Course”, UCL.
  • Jan 2015 – Instructor: “Connectionism: structures to functions”, workshop for MSc students, UCL.
  • Feb-Mar 2012 – Temporary lecturer: “Computational embodied neuroscience” course, Sapienza – Università di Roma.


Ad hoc reviewer

Basal Ganglia, Cerebral Cortex, Frontiers in Psychology, Journal of Neuroscience, NeuroImage.



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