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Vincent Laurent

Associate Professor
Head, Predictive Learning Group



  • PhD in Psychology, University New South Wales (2008)

  • PhD in Neuroscience, University of Bordeaux, France (2007)

  • Master in Psychopharmacology of cognitive processes, University of Bordeaux (2003).

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Research interests


2023 - 2026: How the brain learns and uses inhibitory predictions - Vincent Laurent, Nura W. Lingawi and Mark E. Bouton - Australian Research Council, Discovery Project - Amount: 562,000 AUD. 


2023 - 2026: Uncovering a novel memory process mediating stimulus-based decisions - Vincent Laurent - Australian Research Council, Future Fellowship - Amount: 920,868 AUD. 

2021 - 2023:  Examining the metabolic and cognitive deficits caused by insulin resistance in the ventral striatum - Vincent Laurent, Beatrice K. Leung, Nura W. Lingawi and Billy C., Chieng - National Health and Medical Research Council, Ideas Grant - Amount: 400,372 AUD


2019 - 2022:  A novel G-Protein Coupled Receptor-based memory process mediating the cognitive control of action - Bernard W Balleine and Vincent Laurent - National Health and Medical Research Council, Project Grant - Amount: 527,836 AUD

2018 - 2020: Modelling post-traumatic stress disorder in rats: hypervigilance and spread of fear - Nathan M Holmes, Vincent Laurent and R Frederic Westbrook - National Health and Medical Research Council, Project Grant - Amount: 348,371 AUD

2017 - 2019: The neural substrate of a false memory - Nathan M Holmes, Vincent Laurent, R Frederic Westbrook and Simon K Killcross - Australian Research Council, Discovery Project - Amount: 456,000 AUD

2014 - 2016: Neural substrate underlying appetitive-aversive interactions - Vincent Laurent - Australian Research Council, Discovery Early Career Researcher Award - Amount: 389,957 AUD

2013 - 2015: The role of inhibitory conditioning in choice and decision-making - Vincent Laurent and Bernard W Balleine - Australian Research Council, Discovery Project - Amount: 435,000 AUD

2013 - 2015: Treatment of relapse in anxiety disorders: an animal model - R Frederic Westbrook and Vincent Laurent - National Health and Medical Research Council, Project Grant - Amount: 423,488 AUD


  • Park, J., Lingawi, N. W., Crimmins, B. E., Gladding, J. M., Nolan, C. R., Burton, T. J., & Laurent, V. (2024). Stimulus–outcome associations are required for the expression of specific Pavlovian-instrumental transfer. Journal of Experimental Psychology: Animal Learning and Cognition, 50(1), 25–38. Read More.

  • Gladding JM, Lingawi NW, Leung BK, Kendig MD, Chieng BC, Laurent V (2023) High fat diet allows food-predictive stimuli to energize action performance in the absence of hunger, without distorting insulin signaling on accumbal cholinergic interneurons. Appetite, 106769. Read more.

  • Campese, V. D., & Laurent, V. (2023). Editorial: Pavlovian-instrumental transfer: Neurobehavioral and clinical findings. Front Behav Neurosci, 17, 1151180. doi:10.3389/fnbeh.2023.1151180. Read More.

  • B. Crimmins, T.J. Burton, M. McNulty, V. Laurent, G. Hart and B.W. Balleine (2022) Response-independent outcome presentations weaken the instrumental response-outcome association. J Exp Psychol Anim Learn Cogn 48 (2022), pp. 396–412. Read more.

  • Crimmins BE, Lingawi NW, Chieng BC, Leung BK, Maren S, Laurent V (2022) Basal forebrain cholinergic signaling in the basolateral amygdala promotes strength and durability of fear memories. Neuropsychopharmacology. Read More.

  • Holmes NM, Fam JP, Clemens KJ, Laurent V, Westbrook RF (2022) The neural substrates of higher-order conditioning: a review. Neuroscience & Biobehavioral Reviews, 104687. Read more

  • Fam J, Chieng B, Westbrook RF, Laurent V, Holmes NM (2022) Second-order fear conditioning involves formation of competing stimulus-danger and stimulus-safety associations. Cerebral Cortex. Read More.

  • Lingawi NW, Berman T, Bounds J, Laurent V (2022) Sensory-Specific Satiety Dissociates General and Specific Pavlovian-Instrumental Transfer. Frontiers in Behavioral Neuroscience, 16. Read More

  • Laurent, V., Westbrook, R.F. & Balleine, B.W. (2022) Affective Valence Regulates Associative Competition in Pavlovian Conditioning. Frontiers in Behavioral Neuroscience, 16:801474. Read More

  • Lingawi NW, Laurent V, Westbrook RF, Holmes NM (2021) Acquisition and extinction of second-order context conditioned fear: Role of the amygdala. Neurobiol of Learn Mem, 183:107485. Read more

  • Laurent V, Priya P, Crimmins BE, Balleine BW (2021) General Pavlovian-instrumental transfer tests reveal selective inhibition of the response type - whether Pavlovian or instrumental - performed during extinction. Neurobiol Learn Mem, 107483. Read More

  • Laurent V, Balleine BW (2021) How predictive learning influences choice: Evidence for a GPCR-based memory process necessary for Pavlovian-instrumental transfer. J Neurochem. Read More

  • Morse AK, Leung BK, Heath E, Bertran-Gonzalez J, Pepin E, Chieng BC, Balleine BW, Laurent V (2020) Basolateral Amygdala Drives a GPCR-Mediated Striatal Memory Necessary for Predictive Learning to Influence Choice. Neuron, 106:855–869.e8. Read more

  • Lingawi NW, Laurent V, Westbrook RF, Holmes NM (2019) The role of the basolateral amygdala and infralimbic cortex in (re)learning extinction. Psychopharmacology (Berl), 236:303–312. Read more

  • Lingawi NW, Holmes NM, Westbrook RF, Laurent V (2018) The infralimbic cortex encodes inhibition irrespective of motivational significance. Neurobiol Learn Mem, 150:64–74. Read more

  • Lingawi NW, Andrew E, Laurent V, Killcross S, Westbrook RF, Holmes NM (2018) The conditions that regulate formation of a false fear memory in rats. Neurobiol Learn Mem, 156:53–59. Read more

  • Bertran-Gonzalez J, Laurent V (2018) Studying Integrative Processing and Prospected Plasticity in Cholinergic Interneurons: The Importance of Pavlovian–Instrumental Transfer. Goal-Directed Decision Making. Read more

  • Goarin EHF, Lingawi NW, Laurent V (2018) Role Played by the Passage of Time in Reversal Learning. Front Behav Neurosci, 12:75. Read more

  • Laurent V, Balleine BW, Westbrook RF (2018) Motivational state controls the prediction error in Pavlovian appetitive-aversive interactions. Neurobiol Learn Mem, 147:18–25. Read more

  • Laurent V, Wong FL, Balleine BW (2017) The lateral habenula and its input to the rostromedial tegmental nucleus mediates outcome-specific conditioned inhibition. J Neurosci, 37:3415–3416. Read more

  • Quail SL, Laurent V, Balleine BW (2017) Inhibitory Pavlovian-instrumental transfer in humans. Journal of experimental psychology Animal learning and cognition, 43:315–324. Read more

  • Lingawi NW, Westbrook RF, Laurent V (2017) Extinction of relapsed fear does not require the basolateral amygdala. Neurobiology of learning and memory, 139:149–156. Read more

  • Lingawi NW, Westbrook RF, Laurent V (2017) Extinction and Latent Inhibition Involve a Similar Form of Inhibitory Learning that is Stored in and Retrieved from the Infralimbic Cortex. Cereb Cortex, 27:5547–5556. Read more

  • Laurent V, Chieng B, Balleine BW (2016) Extinction Generates Outcome-Specific Conditioned Inhibition. Current Biology, 26:3169–3175. Read more

  • Laurent V, Wong FL, Balleine BW (2015) δ-Opioid receptors in the accumbens shell mediate the influence of both excitatory and inhibitory predictions on choice. Br J Pharmacol, 172:562–570. Read more

  • Laurent V, Morse AK, Balleine BW (2015) The role of opioid processes in reward and decision-making. Br J Pharmacol, 172:449–459. Read more

  • Laurent V, Balleine BW (2015) Factual and Counterfactual Action-Outcome Mappings Control Choice between Goal-Directed Actions in Rats. Curr Biol, 25:1074–1079. Read more

  • Laurent V, Bertran-Gonzalez J, Chieng BC, Balleine BW (2014) δ-Opioid and Dopaminergic Processes in Accumbens Shell Modulate the Cholinergic Control of Predictive Learning and Choice. J Neurosci, 34:1358–1369. Read more

  • Bertran-Gonzalez J, Laurent V, Chieng BC, Christie MJ, Balleine BW (2013) Learning-related translocation of δ-opioid receptors on ventral striatal cholinergic interneurons mediates choice between goal-directed actions. J Neurosci, 33:16060–16071. Read more

  • Laurent V, Leung B, Maidment N, Balleine BW (2012) μ- and δ-opioid-related processes in the accumbens core and shell differentially mediate the influence of reward-guided and stimulus-guided decisions on choice. J Neurosci, 32:1875–1883. Read more

  • Bertran-Gonzalez J, Chieng BC, Laurent V, Valjent E, Balleine BW (2012) Striatal Cholinergic Interneurons Display Activity-Related Phosphorylation of Ribosomal Protein S6. PLoS One, 7:e53195–11. Read more

  • Laurent V, Westbrook RF (2010) Role of the basolateral amygdala in the reinstatement and extinction of fear responses to a previously extinguished conditioned stimulus. Learn Mem, 17:86–96. Read more

  • Holtzman-Assif O, Laurent V, Westbrook RF (2010) Blockade of dopamine activity in the nucleus accumbens impairs learning extinction of conditioned fear. Learn Mem, 17:71–75. Read more

  • Laurent V, Westbrook RF (2009) Infusion of the NMDA receptor antagonist, DL-APV, into the basolateral amygdala disrupts learning to fear a novel and a familiar context as well as relearning to fear an extinguished context. Learn Mem, 16:96–105. Read more

  • Laurent V, Westbrook RF (2009) Inactivation of the infralimbic but not the prelimbic cortex impairs consolidation and retrieval of fear extinction. Learn Mem, 16:520–529. Read more

  • Laurent V, Marchand AR, Westbrook RF (2008) The basolateral amygdala is necessary for learning but not relearning extinction of context conditioned fear. Learn Mem, 15:304–314. Read more

  • Laurent V, Westbrook RF (2008) Distinct contributions of the basolateral amygdala and the medial prefrontal cortex to learning and relearning extinction of context conditioned fear. Learn Mem, 15:657–666. Read more

  • Leung HT, Bailey GK, Laurent V, Westbrook RF (2007) Rapid reacquisition of fear to a completely extinguished context is replaced by transient impairment with additional extinction training. J Exp Psychol Anim Behav Process, 33:299–313. Read more

  • Laurent V, Podhorna J (2004) Subchronic phencyclidine treatment impairs performance of C57BL/6 mice in the attentional set-shifting task. Behav Pharmacol, 15:141–148. Read more

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