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Dr Gonzalo P. Urcelay

Dr Gonzalo P. Urcelay

Teaching Associate

Office Phone: +44 (0)1223 7 65246


  • associative theory
  • associative learning
  • impulsivity
  • compulsivity
  • comparative cognition in animals
  • learning
  • memory
  • goal-directed action
  • addiction
  • avoidance

Key Publications

Piñeyro ME, Ferrer Monti RI, Alfei JM, Bueno AM, Urcelay GP (2014), “Memory destabilization is critical for the success of the reactivation-extinction procedure.” Learn Mem 21(1):785-93.

Fernando AB, Urcelay GP, Mar AC, Dickinson A, Robbins TW (2013), “The Role of the Nucleus Accumbens Shell in the Mediation of the Reinforcing Properties of a Safety Signal in Free-Operant Avoidance: Dopamine-Dependent Inhibitory Effects of d-Amphetamine.” Neuropsychopharmacology

Gillan CM, Morein-Zamir S, Urcelay GP, Sule A, Voon V, Apergis-Schoute AM, Fineberg NA, Sahakian BJ, Robbins TW (2013), “Enhanced Avoidance Habits in Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder.” Biol Psychiatry

Urcelay GP (2012), “Exposure techniques: The role of extinction learning.” P. Neudeck & HU Wittchen (Eds). Exposure Therapy: Rethinking the Model - Refining the Method. Springer

Urcelay GP, Dalley JW (2011), “Linking ADHD, Impulsivity, and Drug Abuse: A Neuropsychological Perspective.” Curr Top Behav Neurosci.

Urcelay GP, Miller RR (2010), “Two roles of the context in Pavlovian fear conditioning.” J Exp Psychol Anim Behav Process 36(2):268-80.

Urcelay GP, Miller RR (2009), “Potentiation and overshadowing in Pavlovian fear conditioning.” J Exp Psychol Anim Behav Process 35(3):340-56.