Anne GE Collins, PhD
Postdoctoral Research Associate

I am now an Assistant Professor at UC Berkeley as of Jan 2016. Here is my new website
Ph.D., Cognitive Science, 2010
LNC, Université Pierre et Marie Curie Paris VI | Paris, France

MA, Cognitive Science, 2006
Ecole Normale Superieure | Paris, France

Engineering diploma, 2006
Ecole Polytechnique | Palaiseau, France

B.Sc., Theoretical Mathematics, 2005
Ecole Polytechnique | Palaiseau, France

        My CV (pdf) is here.
Research Interests

I am interested in the processes of interaction between learning and cognitive control, as well as individual differences in decision making and learning. To investigate these questions, I use computational modeling, including reinforcement learning, Bayesian inference, and neural network modeling, as well as behavioral experiments.


Motor demands constrain cognitive rule structures.
Collins, AGE and Frank, MJ. Submitted.

Neural signature of latent structure learning predicts hierarchical clustering and transfer of rule sets.
Collins, AGE and Frank, MJ. Submitted.

8-Month-Old Infants Spontaneously Learn and Generalize Hierarchical Rules
Denise M. Werchan, Anne GE Collins,  Michael J Frank, and Dima Amso (2015)
Psychological Science

Working memory contributions to reinforcement learning impairments in Schizophrenia
Anne GE Collins, Jaime Brown, James Gold, James Waltz, Michael J Frank (2014)
Journal of Neuroscience

A Reinforcement Learning Mechanism Responsible for the Valuation of Free Choice
Cockburn, J, Collins, AGE, and Frank, MJ (2014)

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

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

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

Cognitive control over learning: Creating, clustering and Generalizing task-set structure
Collins, AGE and Frank, MJ. (2013)  
Psychological Review  

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

Reasoning, Learning, and Creativity: Frontal Lobe Function and Human Decision-Making
Collins A, Koechlin E (2012
PLoS Biology
10(3): e1001293. doi:10.1371/journal.pbio.1001293

Negative Symptoms and the Failure to Represent the Expected Reward Value of Actions: Behavioral and Computational Modeling Evidence
Gold, JM; Waltz, JA; Matveeva, TM; Kasanova, Z; Strauss, G; Herbener, E; Collins, AGE; Frank, MJ (2012)
Arch Gen Psychiatry
2012;69(2):129-138. doi:10.1001/archgenpsychiatry.2011.1269 

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

Publications under review, in revision

Contact Information:


Hometown: Limoges, France