SBDM 2017

Seventh International Symposium on Biology of Decision Making, Bordeaux, France

Provisional program

See below for the list of posters.
Each poster will remain on board during the two first days of the symposium.


Sunday May 14th, 2017


08:30-08:50 Registration
08:50-09:00 Welcome word

Hormones & decision I

09:00-09:40 Karin Roelofs. Neuroendocrine control of social approach-avoidance decisions.
09:40-10:20 Jean-Claude Dreher. Modulation of brain and behavior by gonadal steroid hormones in humans: combined pharmacological and fMRI studies.
10:20-11:00 Esther Diekhof. The role of estrogen in reinforcement learning and impulsive choice - Evidence from behavioral and neuroimaging research.

Coffee break (11:00-11:30)

The Science of Beliefs I

11:30-12:10 Markus Ullsperger. Biased belief updates and learning.
12:10-12:50 Leon Deouell. Omens, luck, and free spirits: Tales of how ERPs inspire decision making research.

Lunch (13:00-14:00)

The Science of Beliefs II

14:00-14:40 Marion Rouault. Dual prefrontal system trades off outcome reliability and outcome value.
14:40-15:20 Peggy Series. Mental Illness as Impaired Probabilistic Inference.
15:20-16:00 Hiroyuki Nakahara. Neural computations underlying social decision-making.

Coffee break & Poster session (16:00-18:30)



Monday May 15th, 2017

Habits I

09:00-09:40 Joseph Kable. Persistence in the choice of delayed rewards: beliefs and habits.
09:40-10:20 Matthew Crossley. Erasing bad habits by controlling plasticity in the basal ganglia microcircuit.
10:20-11:00 Shauna Parkes. Psychological & neural substrates of goal-directed behaviour in rats.

Coffee break (11:00-11:30)

Habits II

11:30-12:10 Christelle Baunez. Turn Conservative with STN inactivation.
12:20-12:50 Mehdi Keramati. Planning, under cognitive limitations.

Lunch (13:00-14:00)

Participative Experiment

14:30-17:00 Ganomics, a Participatory Experiment
17:00-19:00 Wine, cheese & poster session

Social event

20:00-00:00 Social event – Dinner at Luchey-Halde



Tuesday May 16th, 2017

The dynamics of Decision I

09:00-09:40 Fabien Vinckier. How do you see your prospects? Neuro-computational account of how mood fluctuations arise and affect decision making.
09:40-10:20 Xiao-Jing Wang. A single network capable of performing twenty cognitive tasks.
10:20-11:00 Michael Shadlen. Piercing of consciousness as a threshold crossing operation.

Coffee break (11:00-11:30)

The dynamics of Decision II

11:30-12:10 Paul Cisek. The neural dynamics of dynamic decisions in corticostriatal circuits.
12:10-12:50 Kenji Doya. Imaging the neurodynamics of mental simulation.

Lunch time (13:00-14:00)

Noise and decision  I

14:00-14:40 Andrea Insabato. A non-minimal model of decision confidence.
14:40-15:20 Ariel Zylberberg. The influence of evidence volatility on choice, reaction time and confidence in a perceptual decision.

Coffee break (15:30-16:00)

Noise and decision  II

16:00-16:40 Nicolas Rougier. Noise as a symmetry breaker.
16:40-17:20 Arthur Leblois. A minimal neural network for the generation of behavioral variability: Lessons from songbirds.


17:20-17:30 Closing word




Confirmed speakers

Christelle Baunez (CNRS / Aix-Marseille University, France)
Paul Cisek (University of Montréal, Canada)
Matthew Crossley (University of California Santa Barbara, USA)
Andrea Insabato (Universitat Pompeu Fabra, Spain)
Leon Deouell (Hebrew University of Jerusalem, Israel)
Esther Diekhof (Universität Hamburg, Germany)
Kenji Doya (Okinawa Institute of Science and Technology, Japan)
Jean-Claude Dreher (CNRS / University of Lyon, France)
Jo Kable (University of Pennsylvania, USA)
Mehdi Keramati (University College London, UK)
Arthur Leblois (CNRS / University of Bordeaux, France)
Hiro Nakahara (RIKEN Brain Science Institute, Japan)
Shauna Parkes (University of Bordeaux, France)
Karin Roelofs (Radboud University, The Netherlands)
Marion Rouault (ENS / Pierre and Marie Curie University, France)
Nicolas Rougier (INRIA / University of Bordeaux, France)
Peggy Series (University of Edinburgh, UK)
Michael Shadlen (Columbia University, USA)
Markus Ullsperger (Otto-von-Guericke-Universität Magdeburg, Germany)
Fabien Vinckier (INSERM / Pierre and Marie Curie University, France)
Xiao-Jing Wang (NYU, USA / NYU Shanghai, China)
Ariel Zylberberg (Columbia University, USA)






Each poster will remain on board during the two first days of the symposium.


  1. Learning the hierarchical structure of the world Jan Balaguer, Dharshan Kumaran, Chris Summerfield

  2. Disentangling neural representations of confidence and certainty in the human brain Dan Bang, Stephen M. Fleming

  3. Simple and Full Drift Diffusion Model Under A Variational Bayes Algorithm Moens, V., Zenon, A.

  4. Computational determinants of decision latencies during evidence integration: neural and behavioural insights. Hannah Tickle, Konstantinos Tsetsos and Christopher Summerfield

  5. Testosterone and biological stress jointly impair analytic cognitive processing Hana H. Kutlikova, Igor Riečanský, Karin Rerichová, Jaroslava Babková Durdiaková, Bernhard Wagner, Christoph Eisenegger

  6. Human noise blindness drives suboptimal cognitive inference Santiago Herce Castañón, Dan Bang, Rani Moran, Jacqueline Ding, Tobias Egner, Christopher Summerfield

  7. Neurobehavioral determinants of individual differences in appetitive learning. Marchand, A.R., Gentry, R., Khamassi, M., Calu, D., Roesch, M.R., Coutureau, E.

  8. Is the language deficit in Huntington Disease reducible to a decision-making deficit? Lorna Le Stanc, Agnès Sliwinski, Anne-Catherine Bachoud-Lévi, Maria Giavazzi, Charlotte Jacquemot

  9. Dopamine enables dynamic regulation of exploration François Cinotti, Virgine Fresno, Nassim Aklil, Etienne Coutureau, Benoît Girard, Alain Marchand, Mehdi Khamassi

  10. Neuro-Computational Basis of Third-Party Altruistic Decision-Making Yang Hu, Lei Zhang, Jean-Claude Dreher, Bernd Weber

  11. Loss Aversion for Monetary and Food Rewards in Healthy Controls and Women with Anorexia Alexia Geradini, Charles-Alexandre Joly, Guillaume Sescousse, Stéphanie Rogues-Lefebvre, Michel Puget, Jean-Claude Dreher

  12. A temporal difference account of learning to speculate Lefebvre Germain, Nioche Aurélien, Boraud Thomas, Palminteri Stefano, Bourgeois-Gironde Sacha

  13. Predictive coding through the lens of the pupil Andrea Alamia, Oleg Solopchuk, Alexandre Zenon

  14. How to spend it: the effect of anterior cingulate cortex lesion on budget sensitivity in rat consumers Yue Hu, Marijn van Wingerden, Tobias Kalenscher

  15. Effects of clonidine on motivation and decision-making in monkeys Caroline Jahn, Sophie Gilardeau, Chiara Varazzani, Bastien Blain, Jerome Sallet, Mark Walton, Sebastien Bouret

  16. Individual differences in performance during the Pavlovian-to-Instrumental Transfer task are associated with learning differences during a repeated trust game Lisa A. Rosenberger, Nace Mikus, David Terburg, Christoph Eisenegger

  17. The battle for self-confidence: a tug-of-war between prospective gains and losses Emmanuelle Bioud, Jean Daunizeau, Mathias Pessiglione

  18. Neural modulation of social distance on third-party punishment Chen Qu, Zixuan Tang, Huijun Zhang, Yang Hu, Jean Claude Dreher

  19. Wanting and liking of food and social rewards Sebastian Korb, Claudia Massaccesi, Philipp Stepnicka, Mumna Al Banchaabouchi, Raffaella I. Rumiati, Christoph Eisenegger, Giorgia Silani

  20. Stimulating the right posterior superior temporal sulcus modulates the formation of negative ties during economic exchanges Nadège Bault, Giorgio Coricelli, Martina Puppi and Frans van Winden

  21. Cognitive regulation of food odor/image in the human brain R. Janet, Arnaud Fournel, D. O’Connor, M. Fouillen, M Bensafi, JC. Dreher

  22. Spatial proximity to rewarding cues increases impulsive action but not impulsive choice David A O’Connor, Rémi Janet, Valentin Guigon, Uli Bromberg, Jan Peters, Jean-Claude Dreher

  23. Motor thalamic neurons in action selection: A simulation of single cell activity Bianca Sieveritz, Marianela Garcia-Muñoz, Gordon Arbuthnott

  24. The role of the orbitofrontal cortex in goal-directed action Juan-Carlos Cerpa, Pascal M. Ravassard, Mathieu Wolff, Guillaume Ferreira, Etienne Coutureau, Shauna L. Parkes

  25. The role of dopamine in a repeated trust game Nace Mikus, Michael Naef, Anke Linssen, Luke Clark, Ulrich Müller, Trevor W Robbins, Christoph Eisenegger, Claus Lamm

  26. A spiking model of the monkey basal ganglia without segregated pathways, but with emerging selection capabilities and Parkinson-like oscillations Benoît Girard, Daphné Heraiz-Bekkis, Kenji Doya

  27. Neurocomputational evidence for the role of the reward circuit in optimistic belief updating Bojana Kuzmanovic, Lionel Rigoux, Marc Tittgemeyer

  28. Neurocomputational mechanisms of premature and circular commitment to uncertain decisions during pharmacologically induced transition to psychosis Luc H. Arnal, Alexandre Salvador, Emilie Grasset, Philippe Domenech, Raphaël Gaillard, Valentin Wyart

  29. Correct or incorrect? A context-independent signal in the prefrontal cortex Encarni Marcos, Simon Nougaret, Aldo Genovesio

  30. Modifying the magnitude of stimulus noise can distinguish between neural mechanisms of evidence integration G.Prat-Ortega, C. Pericas, K. Wimmer, N. Wilming, T.H. Donner, A. Roxin, J. de la Rocha

  31.  Unfolding action: A Neurocomputational model of initiation times, movement times, and movement paths Cristian Buc Calderon, Wim Gevers, Tom Verguts

  32.  Exploration or noisy inference of value signals? Identifying the computational and neural origin of human choice variability in reward-guided learning Charles Findling, Vasilisa Skvortsova, Rémi Dromnelle, Stefano Palminteri, Valentin Wyart

  33.  Placebo-testosterone modulates decision making in economic bargaining interactions Shawn N. Geniole, Michael Naef, Christoph Eisenegger

  34.  Habits That Contradict Rewards on a Two-Bandit Task in Non-Human Primates: the Role of the Basal Ganglia Fabien Benurea, Thomas Boraud, Nicolas Rougier

  35.  A hierarchy of medial prefrontal regions encode value and context with diverse frames of reference during maximisation of multiple outcomes Keno Juechems, Jan Balaguer, Santiago Herce-Castañón, Jill O’Reilly, Chris Summerfield

  36.  Two sides of the same coin: monetary incentives concurrently improve and bias confidence judgments Maël Lebreton, Shari Langdon, Matthijs J. Slieker, Jip S. Nooitgedacht, Anna E. Goudriaan, Damiaan Denys, Judy Luigjes, Ruth J. van Holst

  37.  The impact of error-monitoring processes on the subjective timing of the consequeneces of cued-actions Patricia León-Cabrera, Antoni Rodríguez-Fornells

  38.  Impact of stimulus fluctuations in an auditory discrimination task C. Pericas, G. Prat-Ortega, A. Hermoso-Mendizabal, J. de la Rocha

  39.  Beta band decision signals integrate choices and predict behaviour Adrian G. Fischer, Roland Nigbur, Claudia Danielmeier, Tilmann A. Klein, Markus Ullsperger

  40.  Learning by imitation is impaired in depressive subjects Lou Safra, Coralie Chevallier, Stefano Palminteri

  41.  The role of thalamostriatal interactions in human behavioural flexibility Tiffany Bell, Michael Lindner, Angela Langdon, Anastasia Christakou

  42.  Adaptive gain control during sequential integration of auditory stimuli Andreea Epure, Santiago Herce-Castañon, Hildward Vandormael, and Christopher Summerfield

  43.  Transfer of confidence between brains in a novel behavioural task Tobias Larsen, Giorgio Coricelli

  44.  Neuroeconomical evaluation of cognitive cost during mental fatigue Charles-Etienne Benoit, Oleg Solopchuk, Alexandre Zénon

  45.  A hippocampal-frontal circuit in macaques holds memories of currently unavailable choice values to guide future behavior Fouragnan E., Chau B., Kolling N., Klein-Flugge M., Papageorgiou G., Sallet J., Rushworth M.

  46.  How confident are you? Volitional abilities are associated with metacognitive bias Wojciech Zajkowski, Monika Dabkowska, Magdalena Marszal-Wisniewska

  47.  Continual Learning in Minds and Machines: Effects of task blocking and rule complexity on performance in sequential learning environments Timo Flesch, Jan Balaguer, Christopher Summerfield

  48.  Robust averaging protects decisions from noise in neural computations Vickie Li, Santiago Herce Castañón, Joshua A. Solomon, Hildward Vandormael and Christopher Summerfield

  49.  Computational phenotyping using a social hierarchy probe Iris Vilares, Tobias Nolte, Andreas Hula, Zhuoya Cui, Peter Fonagy, Personality Disorder Research Consortium, Terry Lohrenz, Peter Dayan, Lusha Zhu, Pearl Chiu, Brooks King-Casas & Read Montague

  50.  Human sign- but not goaltrackers show a Nucleus accumbens response to Pavlovian cues Daniel J. Schad, Michael A. Rapp, Maria Garbusow, Miriam Sebold, Stephan Nebe, Nils Krömer, Michael Smolka, Florian Schlagenhauf, Andreas Heinz, Peter Dayan, Quentin J.M. Huys

  51.  Emotional inferences by pragmatics Alexandra Konstenius, Mauricio Iza, Jesús Esquerro

  52.  The cost of cognitive activity in a predictive coding framework Oleg Solopchuk and Alexandre Zénon

  53.  Tracking the Decision Variable in Primary Motor Cortex: A TMS study of Speed-Accuracy Tradeoff Spieser L., Kohl C., Forster B., Bestmann S., Yarrow K.

  54.  Learning by observation or through action? Behavioral and neural characterization of cognitive processes underlying observational and instrumental inference Aurélien Weiss, Valérian Chambon, Jan Drugowitsch, Valentin Wyart

  55.  The influence of Social Rank and Reputation on Motivation to Compete in repeated Real Effort-based Competitions Annabel Losecaat Vermeer, Isa Krol & Christoph Eisenegger

  56.  Choice-supportive asymmetry in learning rates Henri Vandendriessche, Héloïse Théro, Valérian Chambon, Stefano Palminteri

  57.  Monkeynomics Aurélien Nioche, Sacha Bourgeois-Gironde, Thomas Boraud

  58.  Of wines and minds: genetic traits and color-odor interactions modulate wine flavor perception and brain activity Pedroza MA, Park SA, Dreher JC