CV & Publications

Vincenzo G. Fiore


Research Positions

  • February 2021 – Assistant Professor. Center for Computational Psychiatry. 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 activity in healthy and clinical population.
  • September 2018 – January 2021 – Associate Scientist (15 months) and Instructor (14 months). 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 2007 – October 2012 – Internship (12 Months) and Early Stage Researcher (49 Months). Istituto di Scienze e Tecnologie della Cognizione, National Research Council, Rome, IT.





  • 2019-2021 –NIDA Exploratory/Developmental Research Grant Award. R21DA049243
    Co-Investigator. 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

  • Fiore VG, De Felice N, Glicksberg BS, Perl O, Shuster A, Kulkarni1 K, O’Brien M, Pisauro MA, Chung D, Gu X (in press 2021) Containment of COVID-19: simulating the impact of different policies and testing capacities for contact tracing, testing, and isolation. PLOS ONE. 16(3): e0247614. doi: 10.1371/journal.pone.0247614
  • Fiore VG, Guertler A-CV, Yu J-C, Tatineni CC, Gu X. 2021. A change of mind: globus pallidus activity and effective connectivity during changes in choice selections. Eur J Neurosci. 53: 2774– 2787. doi: 10.1111/ejn.15142
  • 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. Eur J Neurosci. 52: 4923– 4936. 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.
  • These authors contributed equally.

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


Selected Conferences

  • 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.
  • IBAGS, 12th International Basal Ganglia Society Meeting. Mérida, MX, March 2017
  • 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.
  • 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.



Ad hoc reviewer

Basal Ganglia; Cerebral Cortex; Cognitive, Affective, & Behavioral Neuroscience; Frontiers in Psychology; Journal of Neuroscience; Neural Networks; NeuroImage; Psychological Science



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