Dr. Mike Robinson

Curriculum Vitae (PDF)

Mike Robinson

Postdoctoral Research Fellow

email: mikejfr@umich.edu

General Research Description

Reward, Motivation, Learning & Memory

My previous research focused on the phenomenon of memory reconsolidation, particularly in the context of drug reward and addiction and how it may serve as a tool to attenuate cue-elicited craving and relapse.

Current Projects

My most recent work uses Pavlovian Conditioned Approach to examine motivation for natural and drug rewards and how changes in internal state may affect incentive salience for reward-related cues. In addition, we are currently using optogenetic techniques to ask questions regarding the attribution of incentive salience to reward-related cues.

Opto PCA Blue Laser

Techniques

Microinjections, Pavlovian Conditioned Approach, Instrumental training, Optogenetics, Immunohistochemistry, Taste reactivity, Conditioned Place Preference, Stereotaxic surgery

 

Publications

The effect of propranolol and midazolam on the reconsolidation of a morphine place preference in chronically treated rats. Robinson, M.J., Armson, M., Franklin, K.B. Frontiers in Behavioral Neuroscience, 2011 July 28; 5(42); 1-10.

The effect of propanolol dose and novelty of the reactivation procedure on the reconsolidation of a morphine place preference. Robinson, M.J., Ross, E.C., Franklin, K.B. Behavioural Brain Reasearch, 2011 Jan 1; 216(1); 281-284.

Reconsolidation of a morphine place preference: Impact of the strength and age of memory on disruption by propranolol and midazolam. Robinson, M.J., Franklin, K.B. Behavioural Brain Research, 2010 Dec 1; 213(2):201-7.

Central but not peripheral beta-adrenergic antagonism blocks reconsolidation for a morphine place preference. Robinson, M.J., Franklin, K.B. Behavioural Brain Research, 2007 Aug 22; 182(1); 129-34.

Effects of anisomycin on consolidation and reconsolidation of a morphine-conditioned place preference. Robinson, M.J., Franklin, K.B. Behavioural Brain Research, 2007 Mar 12; 178(1); 146-53.

Instant Transformation of Learned Repulsion into Motivational "Wanting". Robinson, M.J., Berridge K.C. Current Biology, 2013 Feb 18; 23; 282-289.