Michael M. Barrus
  • Department of Psychology, University of British Columbia, Canada
  • Neuroscience


Masters of Art, Psychology- Behavioral Neuroscience, University of British Columbia, 2014

Current position

Ph.D Candidate, Laboratory for Molecular and Behavioral Neuroscience, Djavad Mowafaghian Centre for Brain Helath, University of British Columbia, Vancouver, British Columbia


  1. Cocker, P. J., Lin, M. Y., Barrus, M. M., Le Foll, B. and Winstanley, C. A. (2016). The agranular and granular insula differentially contribute to gambling-like behavior on a rat slot machine task: effects of inactivation and local infusion of a dopamine D4 agonist on reward expectancy. Psychopharmacology (Berl) 233(17): 3135-3147.
  2. Barrus, M. M., Hosking, J. G., Cocker, P. J. and Winstanley, C. A. (2016). Inactivation of the orbitofrontal cortex reduces irrational choice on a rodent Betting Task. Neuroscience.
  3. Barrus, M. M. and Winstanley, C. A. (2016). Dopamine D3 Receptors Modulate the Ability of Win-Paired Cues to Increase Risky Choice in a Rat Gambling Task. J Neurosci 36(3): 785-794.
  4. Barrus, M. M., Cherkasova, M. and Winstanley, C. A. (2016). Skewed by Cues? The Motivational Role of Audiovisual Stimuli in Modelling Substance Use and Gambling Disorders. Curr Top Behav Neurosci 27: 507-529.
  5. Barrus, M. M., Hosking, J. G., Zeeb, F. D., Tremblay, M. and Winstanley, C. A. (2015). Disadvantageous decision-making on a rodent gambling task is associated with increased motor impulsivity in a population of male rats. J Psychiatry Neurosci 40(2): 108-117.
  6. Edwards, S., Baynes, B. B., Carmichael, C. Y., Zamora-Martinez, E. R., Barrus, M., Koob, G. F. and Gilpin, N. W. (2013). Traumatic stress reactivity promotes excessive alcohol drinking and alters the balance of prefrontal cortex-amygdala activity. Transl Psychiatry 3: e296.