Faculty Profile: Michael Frank, PhD

Michael Frank
Michael Frank, PhD
Associate Profressor
Cognitive, Linguistic and Psychological Sciences, Psychiatry and Human Behavior
Work: +1 401-863-6872

Grants and Awards

Fellow, Association for Psychological Science, 2012
Cognitive Neuroscience Society Young Investigator Award, 2011
Janet T Spence Award for Transformative Early Career Contributions, APS, 2010
Neural Networks journal award for most cited article 2006-2010
D.G. Marquis Behavioral Neuroscience Award, best paper in Behavioral Neuroscience, 2006
Dozier Award for outstanding scholarly record, University of Colorado, 2004


Association for Psychological Science
Cognitive Neuroscience Society
International Basal Ganglia Society
Society for Neuroscience
Society for Neuroeconomics

Selected Publications

  • Collins, A.G.E. & Frank, M.J. (2013). Cognitive control over learning: Creating, clustering and generalizing task-set structure. Psychological Review, 120, 190-229. (2013)
  • Wiecki, T.V. & Frank, M.J. (2013). A computational model of inhibitory control in frontal cortex and basal ganglia. Psychological Review, 120, 329-355. (2013)
  • Badre, D., Doll, B.B., Long, N.M. & Frank, M.J. (2012). Rostrolateral prefrontal cortex and individual differences in uncertainty-driven exploration. Neuron, 73, 595-607. (2012)
  • Gold, J.M., Waltz, J.A., Matveeva, T.M., Kasanova, Z., Strauss, G.P., Herbener, E.S., Collins, A.G.E. & Frank, M.J. (2012). Negative symptoms and the failure to represent the expected reward value of actions: Behavioral and computational modeling evidence. Archives of General Psychiatry, 69, 129-138. (2012)
  • Frank, M.J. & Badre, D. (2012). Mechanisms of hierarchical reinforcement learning in corticostriatal circuits 1: Computational analysis. Cerebral Cortex, 22, 509-526 (2012)
  • Frank, M.J. and Fossella, J. (2011) Neurogenetics and pharmacology of learning, motivation and cognition. Neuropsychopharmacology Reviews 36, 133-152. (2011)
  • Maia, T.V. and Frank, M.J. (2011). From reinforcement learning models to psychiatric and neurological disorders. Nature Neuroscience 14, 154-162. (2011)
  • Strauss, G.P., Frank, M.J., Waltz, J.A., Kasanova, Z., Herbener, E.S., Gold, J.M. (2011). Deficits in positive reinforcement learning and uncertainty-driven exploration are associated with distinct aspects of negative symptoms in schizophrenia. Biological Psychiatry 69, 424-31 (2011)
  • Doll, B.B., Hutchison, K.E. & Frank, M.J. (2011). Dopaminergic genes predict individual differences in susceptibility to confirmation bias. Journal of Neuroscience 31, 6188-6198. (2011)
  • Cavanagh, J.F., Wiecki, T.V., Cohen, M.X., Figueroa, C.M., Samanta, J., Sherman, S.J. Frank, M.J. (2011). Subthalamic nucleus stimulation reverses mediofrontal influence over decision threshold. Nature Neuroscience 14, 1462-67. (2011)
  • Cavanagh, J., Frank, M.J., Klein, T.J., and Allen, J.J.B. (2010). Frontal theta links prediction errors to behavioral adaptation in reinforcement learning. NeuroImage 49, 3198-3209. (2010)
  • Wiecki, T.V., Riedinger, K., Meyerhofer, A., Schmidt, W.J. and Frank, M.J. (2009). A neurocomputational account of catalepsy sensitization induced by D2-receptor-blockade in rats: Context-dependency, extinction and renewal . Psychopharmacology 204(2):265-77. (2009)
  • Cohen, M.X. and Frank, M.J. (2009). Neurocomputational models of basal ganglia function in learning, memory and choice. Behavioural Brain Research 199:141-156. (2009)
  • Frank, M.J., Doll, B.B, Oas-Terpstra, J., and Moreno, F (2009). Prefrontal and striatal dopaminergic genes predict individual differences in exploration and exploitation. Nature Neuroscience (2009)
  • Doll, B.B., Jacobs, W.J. , Sanfey, A.G and Frank M.J. (2009). Instructional control of reinforcement learning: A behavioral and neurocomputational investigation. Brain Research (2009)
  • Moustafa, A.A., Cohen, M.X., Sherman, S.J. and Frank, M.J. (2008). A role for dopamine in temporal decision making and reward maximization in Parkinsonism. Journal of Neuroscience, 28, 12294-12304. (2008)
  • Frank, M.J., Santamaria, A., O'Reilly, R.C. and Willcutt, E. G. (2007). Testing computational models of dopamine and noradrenaline dysfunction in attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder. Neuropsychopharmacology, 32, 1583-99. (2007)
  • Frank, M.J., Moustafa, A.A., Haughey, H.C., Curran, T. and Hutchison, K. (2007). Genetic triple dissociation reveals multiple roles for dopamine in reinforcement learning. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, 104, 16311-16316. (2007)
  • Frank, M.J., Samanta, J., Moustafa, A.A. and Sherman, S.J. (2007). Hold your horses: Impulsivity, deep brain stimulation and medication in Parkinsonism. Science, 318, 1309-1312. (2007)
  • O'Reilly, R.C. and Frank, M.J. (2006). Making working memory work: A computational model of learning in the frontal cortex and basal ganglia. Neural Computation, 18, 283-328. (2006)
  • Frank, M.J., O'Reilly, R.C. and Curran, T. (2006). When memory fails, intuition reigns: Midazolam enhances implicit inference in humans. Psychological Science, 17, 700-707. (2006)
  • Frank, M.J. and Claus, E. (2006). Anatomy of a Decision: Striato-Orbitofrontal Interactions in Reinforcement Learning, Decision Making and Reversal. Psychological Review, 113, 300-326. (2006)
  • Frank, M.J. (2006). Hold your horses: A dynamic computational role for the subthalamic nucleus in decision making. Neural Networks, 19, 1120-1136 (2006)
  • Frank, M.J. and O'Reilly, R.C. (2006). A mechanistic account of striatal dopamine function in cognition: Psychopharmacological studies with cabergoline and haloperidol. Behavioral Neuroscience, 120, 497-517. (2006)
  • Frank, M.J., Woroch, B.S. & Curran, T. (2005). Error related negativity predicts reinforcement learning and conflict biases. Neuron, 47, 495-501. (2005)
  • Frank, M.J. (2005). Dynamic dopamine modulation in the basal ganglia: A neurocomputational account of cognitive deficits in medicated and nonmedicated Parkinsonism. Journal of Cognitive Neuroscience, 17, 51-72. (2005)
  • Frank, M.J., Seeberger, L.C. and O'Reilly, R.C. (2004). By carrot or by stick: Cognitive reinforcement learning in Parkinsonism. Science, 306, 1940-3. (2004)
  • Frank, M.J., Rudy, J.W., & O'Reilly, R.C. (2003). Transitivity, flexibility, conjunctive representations and the hippocampus: II: A computational analysis. Hippocampus, 13, 341-354. (2003)
  • Frank, M. J., Loughry, B. & O'Reilly, R. C. (2001) Interactions between frontal cortex and basal ganglia in working memory: A computational model. Cognitive, Affective, and Behavioral Neuroscience, 1 137-160. (2001)