In the morning of each day (2-3 days per week, recently), we have a short discussion on papers recently published and closely related to our research, avec du café et des croissants. (Spontaneously started in June 2016)​ ※ We moved the meeting online. 

Papers to be discussed:


Hughes et al. (2020) Ventral tegmental dopamine neurons control the impulse vector during motivated behavior. Current Biology in press

Barbano et al. (2020) VTA glutamatergic neurons mediate innate defensive behaviors. Neuron in press

List of papers we have already discussed:


Jan. 2020 - 



Prevost-Solieet al. (2020) Dopamine neurons of the VTA encode active conspecific interaction and promote social learning through social reward prediction error. bioRxiv preprint, doi:


Kim et al. (2020) Extraction of distinct neuronal cell types from within a genetically continuous population. Neuron in press.


Gong et al. (2020) An ultra-sensitive step-function opsin for minimally invasive optogenetic stimulation in mice and macaques. Neuron in press.


Tan et al. (2020) The gut–brain axis mediates sugar preference. Nature 580: 511–516.

Li & Jasanoff (2020) Local and global consequences of reward-evoked striatal dopamine release. Nature 580: 239-244.


Lepack et al. (2020) Dopaminylation of histone H3 in ventral tegmental area regulates cocaine seeking. Science 368: 197-201.


Dolensek et al. (2020) Facial expressions of emotion states and their neuronal correlates in mice. Science 368: 89-94.


Iino et al. (2020) Dopamine D2 receptors in discrimination learning and spine enlargement. Nature in press


Mercer Lindsay et al. (2019) Orofacial movements involve parallel corticobulbar projections from motor cortex to trigeminal premotor nuclei. Neuron 104:765-780.

Condylis  et al. (2020) Context-dependent sensory processing across primary and secondary somatosensory cortex Neuron in press

Chen et al. (2020) Dysfunction of cortical GABAergic neurons leads to sensory hyper-reactivity in a Shank3 mouse model of ASD. Nature Neuroscience in press


Milne et al. (2020) Pinnipeds orient and control their whiskers: a study on Pacific walrus, California sea lion and Harbor seal. J Comp Physiol A


Sangiamo et al. (2020) Ultrasonic signals associated with different types of social behavior of mice. Nature Neuroscience in press

Livneh et al. (2020) Estimation of current and future physiological states in insular cortex. Neuron in press

Egger et al. (2020) Cortical output is gated by horizontally projecting neurons in the deep layers. Neuron in press

Heymann et al. (2020) Synergy of distinct dopamine projection populations in behavioral reinforcement​. Neuron In press

Lak et al. (2020) Dopaminergic and prefrontal basis of learning from sensory confidence and reward value. Neuron in press


Jan. 2019 - Dec. 2019

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Jun. 2016 - Dec. 2016 


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