Kent Berridge

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Kent Berridge

James Olds Collegiate Professor of Psychology and Neuroscience

Office Location(s): 4038 East Hall
Phone: 734.763.4365
Berridge Lab

  • Fields of Study
    • Biopsychology
  • About

    My research and teaching interests include affective neuroscience and the psychology of emotion, motivation and reward. Research in my laboratory seeks better answers to fundamental questions such as:

    • How is pleasure generated in the brain?
    • What are the neural bases of wanting and liking?
    • How are rewards learned?
    • What causes addiction?
    • How does the brain distinguish pleasant from unpleasant?
    • How does fear relate to desire?
    • Can an emotion ever be truly unconscious?
    • What goes wrong in action disorders (e.g., OCD or Tourettes')
    • How is real behavior produced by brains?


  • Education
    • Ph.D. University of Pennsylvania