Vincenzo G. Fiore

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2012 – PhD in Psychobiology and Psychopharmacology, Sapienza – Università di Roma, IT, Jan 2012.
Thesis Pdf – 2011_PhD_dissertation

2007 – Master of Science by Research, major Philosophy of Mind. University of Edinburgh, UK, Oct 2007.
Dissertation abstract –
Dissertation Pdf – Under the spell Of Multiple Realizability

2005 – Laurea in Philosophy, major Cognitive Science, Università degli Studi di Siena, IT, Nov 2005
Tesi in pdf – Analisi Matematica e Mente


Research Positions

Jan 2016 – present – Research Associate. Centre for BrainHealth, UTD, Dallas, USA.

Neural models of addiction in humans (corticostriatal loops) and action selection in insects (central complex), under aminergic modulation. Task development and data analysis (behaviour and fMRI) in healthy and nicotine addict individuals.

Jan 2013 – Nov 2015 – Research Associate. Wellcome Trust Centre for Neuroimaging, Institute of Neurology, UCL, London, UK.

Neural models of decision making in mammals (corticostriatal loops) and action selection in insects (central complex), under aminergic modulation. Task development and data analysis (behaviour and fMRI) in healthy and Parkinson’s disease volunteers.

Oct 2007 – Oct 2012 – Intern (2007-08) and Early Stage Researcher (2008-12). Laboratory Of Computational Embodied Neuroscience, ISTC-CNR, Rome, IT.

Neural network programming (Matlab and C++) focusing on learning processes, motivations, stress coping and action selection in bio-inspired systems. Dynamics and effects of catecholamine releases in Cortex and striatum (dopamine and noradrenaline in particular).


Teaching Experience

July 2016 – ongoing: Matlab methods group. Weekly appointment with PhD students and interns to develop Matlab scripts for data analysis, task implementation etc.

January 2015 – Two parts workshop: “Connectionism: from structures to functions” for MSc students at UCL.

Feb-Mar 2012 – Temporary Lecturer. Faculty of Medicine and Psychology, Sapienza – Università di Roma. Course: “Computational embodied neuroscience”.



  • 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.


Conference abstracts

  • 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.



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