Joachim Morrens

Nerf Joachim 300 340 C1
PhD Student


  • Started at NERF: 01/10/2014
  • This person is no longer at NERF.

The ability to discriminate novel from familiar stimuli is a fundamental feature of the central nervous system. When humans or animals detect novel stimuli in their environment, they respond with distinct orienting and exploratory behaviors. One central candidate brain system involved in the processing of novel stimuli are the dopamine neurons of the midbrain ventral tegmental area (VTA) and substantia nigra pars compacta (SNc).

The aim of my research is to (i) characterize the responses of those dopamine neurons to novel versus familiar stimuli, and to (ii) evaluate the potential function of those novelty responses in learning from reward.

since 2017 Teaching assistant Biostatistics, KU Leuven
2013–2014 Research assistant, Neurophysiology, University College London
2014 Master of Cognitive and Decision Sciences, University College London
2013 Master of Economics, KU Leuven
2011 Master of Veterinary Medicine, Ghent University