List of publications by theme.

Structure Learning

Context is key for learning motor skills [PDF]
Collins and McDougle (2021)

Temporal and state abstractions for efficient learning, transfer and composition in humans [pdf] [SI]
Xia and Collins (2020)
Psychological Review (in press)

Computational Evidence for Hierarchically-Structured Reinforcement Learning in Humans [bioRxiv]
Eckstein and Collins (2020)

Sequential control underlies robust ramping dynamics in the rostrolateral prefrontal cortex [pdf]
Desrochers, Collins, and Badre (2018)
Journal of Neuroscience

Prefrontal Cortex in Control: Broadening the Scope to Identify Mechanisms [pdf]
Alexander, WH, Brown, JW, Collins, AGE, Hayden, BY, and Vassena, E (2017)
Journal of Cognitive Neuroscience

The cost of structure learning [pdf]
Collins, AGE (2017)
Journal of Cognitive Neuroscience

Stimulus discriminability may bias value-based probabilistic learning [pdf]
Schutte, I, Slagter, HA, Collins, AGE, Frank, MJ, and Kenemans, JL (2017)
PLoS One

Role of Prefrontal Cortex in Learning and Generalizing Hierarchical Rules in 8-Month-Old Infants [pdf]
Werchan, DM, Collins, AGE, Frank, MJ, and Amso, D (2016)
The Journal of Neuroscience

Neural signature of hierarchically structured expectations predicts clustering and transfer of rule sets in reinforcement learning [pdf]
Collins, AGE, Frank, MJ (2016)

Motor demands constrain cognitive rule structures [pdf]
Collins, AGE, and Frank, MJ (2016)
Plos Computational Biology

8-Month-Old infants spontaneously learn and generalize hierarchical rules [pdf]
Werchan, DM, Collins, AGE, Frank, MJ, and Amso, D (2015)
Psychological Science

Foundations of human reasoning in the prefrontal cortex [pdf]
Donoso, M, Collins, AGE, Koechlin, E. (2014)

Human EEG uncovers latent generalizable rule structure during learning [pdf]
Collins, AGE, Cavanagh, JF, and Frank, MJ (2014)
Journal of Neuroscience

Cognitive control over learning: creating, clustering and generalizing task-set structure [pdf]
Collins, AGE and Frank, MJ. (2013)
Psychological Review

Reasoning, learning, and creativity: frontal lobe function and human decision-making [pdf]
Collins A, Koechlin E (2012)
PLoS Biology

A computational theory of prefrontal executive control
Collins, A. and Koechlin, E. (2009)
Frontiers in Systems Neuroscience

Working Memory and Learning

Modeling the influence of working memory, reinforcement, and action uncertainty on reaction time and choice during instrumental learning [pdf]
McDougle and Collins (2020)
Psychonomic Bulletin & Review

Event segmentation reveals working memory forgetting rate [pdf] [bioRxiv]
Jafarpour, Buffalo, Knight, and Collins (2019)
bioRxiv Preprint

Disentangling the systems contributing to changes in learning during adolescence [pdf]
Master, Eckstein, Gotlieb, Dahl, Wilbrecht, and Collins (2019)
Developmental Cognitive Neuroscience

Within and across-trial dynamics of human EEG reveal cooperative interplay between reinforcement learning and working memory [pdf]
Collins, AGE and Frank, MJ (2018)

Working memory load strengthens reward prediction errors [pdf] [SI]
Collins, AGE, Ciullo, B, Frank, MJ, and Badre, D. (2017)
Journal of Neuroscience

How much of reinforcement learning is working memory, not reinforcement learning? A behavioral, computational and neurogenetic analysis [pdf]
Collins, AGE and Frank, MJ. (2012)
European Journal of Neuroscience

Reinforcement learning

Executive Function Assigns Value to Novel Goal-Congruent Outcomes [pdf]
McDougle, Ballard, Baribault, Bishop, and Collins (2021)
Cerebral Cortex

What do reinforcement learning models measure? Interpreting model parameters in cognition and neuroscience [pdf]
Eckstein, Wilbrecht, and Collins (2021)
Current Opinion in Behavioral Sciences

Learning Rates Are Not All the Same: The Interpretation of Computational Model Parameters Depends on the Context [bioRxiv]
Eckstein, Master, Xia, Dahl, Wilbrecht, and Collins (2021)
bioRxiv Preprint

Learning under uncertainty changes during adolescence [pdf]
Xia, Master, Eckstein, Wilbrecht, and Collins (2020)
CogSci 2020 Submission

What is a Choice in Reinforcement Learning? [pdf]
Rmus and Collins (2020)
CogSci 2020 Submission

Understanding the Unique Advantage of Adolescents in Stochastic, Volatile Environments: Combining Reinforcement Learning and Bayesian Inference [bioRxiv]
Eckstein, Master, Dahl, Wilbrecht, and Collins (2020)
bioRxiv Preprint

A reinforcement learning mechanism responsible for the valuation of free choice [pdf]
Cockburn, J, Collins, AGE, and Frank, MJ (2014)

Opponent Actor Learning (OpAL): modeling interactive effect of striatal dopamine on reinforcement learning and choice incentive [pdf]
Collins, AGE and Frank, MJ. (2014)
Psychological Review

Computational Psychiatry

Proof-of-Mechanism Study of the PDE10 Inhibitor RG7203 in Patients with Schizophrenia and Negative Symptoms [pdf]
Umbricht D., Abt M., Tamburri P., Chatham C., Holiga Š., Frank M.J., Collins A.G.E., Walling D.P., Mofsen R., Gruener D., Gertsik L., Sevigny J., Keswani S. & Dukart J. (2021)
Biological Psychiatry Global Open Science

Interactions Among Working Memory, Reinforcement Learning, and Effort in Value-Based Choice: A New Paradigm and Selective Deficits in Schizophrenia [pdf]
Collins, AGE, Albrecht, MA, Waltz, JA, Gold, JM and Frank, MJ (2017)
Biological Psychiatry

Probabilistic Reinforcement Learning in Patients with Schizophrenia: Relationships to Anhedonia and Avolition [pdf]
Dowd, EC, Frank, MJ, Collins, AGE, Gold, JM, and Barch, DM (2016)
Biological Psychiatry

Working memory contributions to reinforcement learning impairments in schizophrenia [pdf]
Collins, AGE, Brown, J, Gold, J, Waltz, J, and Frank, MJ (2014)
Journal of Neuroscience

Negative symptoms and the failure to represent the expected reward value of actions: behavioral and computational modeling evidence [pdf]
Gold, JM; Waltz, JA; Matveeva, TM; Kasanova, Z; Strauss, G; Herbener, E; Collins, AGE; Frank, MJ (2012)
Arch Gen Psychiatry


How working memory and reinforcement learning are intertwined: a cognitive, neural, and computational perspective [PsyArXiv]
Yoo and Collins (2021)
PsyArXiv preprint

The Role of Executive Function in Shaping Reinforcement Learning [pdf] [psyArXiv]
Rmus, McDougle, and Collins (2020)
Current Opinion in Behavioral Sciences

Beyond simple dichotomies in reinforcement learning. [pdf]
Collins and Cockburn (2020)
Nature Reviews Neuroscience

Ten simple rules for the computational modeling of behavioral data [pdf] [example code]
Wilson and Collins (2019)

Reinforcement learning: bringing together computation and cognition [pdf]
Collins (2019)
Current Opinion in Behavioral Sciences

Chapter 5: Learning Structures Through Reinforcement [pdf]
Collins, AGE (2018)
Goal-Directed Decision Making

The tortoise and the hare: interactions between reinforcement learning and working memory [pdf] [summary]
Collins, AGE (2018)
Journal of Cognitive Neuroscience

Surprise! dopamine signals mix action, value and error [pdf]
Collins, AGE, and Frank, MJ (2015)
Nature Neuroscience