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  • Belin-Rauscent, A., Daniel, M., Puaud, M., Jupp, B., Sawiak, S., Howett, D., Caprioli, D., Besson, M., Robbins, T.W., Everitt, B.J., Dalley, J.W. & Belin, D. From impulses to maladaptive actions: the insula is a neurobiological gate for the development of compulsive disorders. Molecular Psychiatry.
  • Giuliano C, Goodlett CR, Economidou D, García-Pardo MP, Belin D, Robbins TW, Bullmore ET, Everitt BJ. A new preclinical model of alcohol seeking and drinking in alcohol-preferring rats: Selective effects of the novel µ-opioid receptor antagonist GSK1521498 Neuropsychopharmacology
  • Belin-Rauscent A., Fouyssac M., Bonci A., Belin D., How preclinical models evolved to resemble the diagnostic criteria of drug addiction, Biological Psychiatry. In Press.
  • Brunault P, Salamé E, Jaafari N, Courtois R, Reveillère C, Silvain C, Benyamina A, Blecha L, Sainz-Barriga M, Belin D*, Balllon N* Why do liver transplanted patients so often become obese? The addiction displacement hypothesis. Medical Hypothesis. In Press
  • Vanhille, N., Belin-Rauscent, A., Mar, A.C., Ducret, E. & Belin, D. High Locomotor Reactivity to Novelty Is Associated with an Increased Propensity to Choose Saccharin Over Cocaine: New Insights into the Vulnerability to Addiction. Neuropsychopharmacology40, 577-589.
  • Moreira, F.A., Jupp, B., Belin, D. & Dalley, J.W.  Endocannabinoids and striatal function: implications for addiction-related behaviours. Behav Pharmacol26, 59-72.

  • Ansquer S, Belin-Rauscent A, Dugast E, Duran T, Benatru I, Mar AC, Houeto JL, Belin D Atomoxetine decreases the vulnerability to develop compulsivity in high impulsive rats Biological Psychiatry 15;75(10):825-32
  • Murray J, Dilleen R, Pelloux Y, Economidou D, Jordan ER, Dalley JW, Belin D* & Everitt BJ* Trait impulsivity predicts the speed of transition to dorsolateral striatal dopamine control of cocaine seeking behavior Biological Psychiatry, 76(1):15–22.



  • Belin D, Belin-Rauscent A, Murray JE., Everitt BJ., Drug addiction: failure of control over maladaptive incentive habits Current Opinion in Neurobiology, 23(4): 564-72.
  • Besson M, Pelloux Y, Dilleen R, Theobald DT, Lyon A, Belin-Rauscent A, Robbins TW, Dalley JW, Everitt BJ*; Belin D*, Cocaine modulation of fronto-striatal expression of zif268, D2and 5-HT2c receptors in high and low impulsive rats Neuropsychopharmacology, 38(10):1963-73.


  • Murray J, Everitt BJ, Belin D N-Acetylcysteine reduces early and late-stage cocaine seeking without affecting cocaine taking in rats, Addiction Biology. 17:437–440
  • Belin-Rauscent A, Everitt BJ, Belin D Intrastriatal shifts mediate the development of drug seeking habits, Biological Psychiatry, 72, 343-345
  • Dilleen R, Pelloux Y, Mar AC, Molander A, Robbins TW, Everitt BJ, Dalley JW, Belin D High anxiety is a predisposing endophenotype for loss of control over cocaine, but not heroin, self-administration   in rats. Psychopharmacology (Berl), 222, 89-89
  • Murray J, Belin D*, Everitt BJ* Double dissociation of the dorsomedial and dorsolateral striatum control over the acquisition and performance of cocaine seeking. Neuropsychopharmacology, 37, 2456-2466 (IF: 8.68)
  • Jaafari N, Rachid F, Rotge JY,Polosan M, El-Hage W, Belin D, Vibert N, Pelissolo A, Safety and Efficacy of Repetitive Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation in the Treatment of Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder: A Review. World Biological Psychiatry 13:164–177


  • Molander A, Mar A, Norbury A, Steventon M, Moreno-Montoya M, Caprioli D, Theobald DEH, Belin D, Everitt BJ, Robbins TW, Dalley JW: High impulsivity predicting vulnerability to cocaine addiction in rats: Some relationship with novelty preference but not novelty reactivity, anxiety or stress. Psychopharmacology, 215:721–731
  • Belin D, Berson N, Balado E, Piazza PV, Deroche-Gamonet V High novelty preference rats are predisposed to compulsive cocaine self- administration, Neuropsychopharmacolgy, 36:569-579 F1000 Biology Factor: 6
  • Badiani A, Belin D, Eipstein D, Calu D & Shaham Y Heroin and cocaine addictions: the differences do matter Nat.Rev.Neurosci 12:685–700., F1000 Biology Factor: 8
  • Belin D, Economidou D, Pelloux Y, Everitt BJ: Habit Formation and Compulsion Neuromethods (53): 337-378
  • Belin D*, Daniel ML*, Lacoste J,Belin-Rauscent A., Bacconnier M., Jaafari N. Insight: perspectives étiologiques et phénoménologiques dans la psychopathologie des désordres obsessionnels compulsifs. Annales médicopsychologiques.
  • Jaafari N, Daniel ML, Lacoste J, Bacconnier M, Belin D, Rotge JY Insight, obsession et vérification dans le trouble obsessionnel-compulsif. Annales médico-psychologiques.
  • Decressac M, Wright B, Belin D, Tyers P, Jaber M, Barker RA, Gaillard A State-dependent effect of Neuropeptide Y on hippocampal neurogenesis: a study on wild type and R6/2 mice Hippocampus 21, 233-238


  • McNamara R, Everitt BJ, Robbins, TW, Dalley JW and Belin D Trait-like Impulsivity Does Not Predict Escalation of Heroin Self-Administration in the Rat, Psychopharmacology, 212:453-464
  • Théberge F, Milton A, Belin D, Lee, J & Everitt, BJ Limbic-striatal mechanisms of drug memory reconsolidation: differential circuitry for conditioned place preference and instrumental responding for conditioned reinforcement. Learning and memory 17:444-453. Editor Pick
  • Besson M, Belin D, McNamara R, Theobald D, Castel A, Beckett VL, Crittenden BE, Newman A, Everitt BJ, Robbins TW and Dalley JW Dissociable control of impulsivity by dopamine D2/3 receptors in the core and shell sub-regions of the rat nucleus accumbens Neuropsychopharmacology, 35(2):560-569.


  • Belin D, Jonkman S, Dickinson A, Robbins TW and Everitt BJ, Parallel and integrative processes within the striatum: relevance for the neurobiology of addiction, Behavioural Brain Research, 199(1):89-102, 2008-2010 BBR Top cited paper
  • Belin D, Balado E., Piazza PV.and Deroche-Gamonet V: Pattern of intake and drug craving predict the development of cocaine addiction-like behaviour in rats. Biological Psychiatry, 65(10):863-868    


  • Belin D, Mar AC, Dalley JW, Robbins TW and Everitt BJ: High impulsivity predicts the switch to compulsive cocaine taking, Science, 320(5881): 1352-1355 (IF: 30,27), F1000 Biology Factor 8 Must read, F1000 Medecine Factor: 8
  • Belin D and Everitt BJ: Cocaine-Seeking Habits Depend upon Dopamine-Dependent Serial Connectivity Linking the Ventral with the Dorsal Striatum, Neuron, 57:432-441
  • Everitt BJ, Belin D, Economidou D, Pelloux Y, Dalley, JW and Robbins, TW, Neural mechanisms underlying the vulnerability to develop compulsive drug seeking habits and addiction. Phil. Trans. R. Soc. B, 363(1507):3125-35, F1000 Biology Factor: 6


Belin D, Deroche-Gamonet V, Jaber M: Cocaine-induced sensitisation is associated with altered dynamics of transcriptional responses of the dopamine transporter, tyrosine hydroxylase, and dopamine D2 receptors in C57Bl/6J mice. Psychopharmacology (Berl). 193, 567-578


Belin D & Rauscent A: DeltaFosB: a molecular gate to motivational processes within the nucleus accumbens, J. Neurosci. 26(46): 11809-10


Deroche-Gamonet V., Belin D, Piazza PV. : Evidence for addiction-like behaviour in the rat, Science 305(5686): 1014-7


Bezard E, Dovero S, Belin D, Duconger S, Jackson-Lewis V, Przedborski S, Piazza PV, Gross CE, Jaber M: Enriched environment confers resistance to 1-methyl-4-phenyl-1,2,3,6-tetrahydropyridine and cocaine: involvement of dopamine transporter and trophic factors, J.Neurosci. 23(35):10999-1007


Book chapters, books


  • Editor of the Intech Book Drug Addiction: from pathophysiology to treatment ISBN 979-953-307-092-5
  • Belin-Rauscent A., Belin D. Animal models of drug addiction In: Drug Addiction (Belin D, ed), InTech.
  • Belin-Rauscent A., Belin D. Drug addictions, general introduction In: Drug Addiction (Belin D, ed), InTech.
  • Murray JE., Lacoste J., Belin D. N-Acetylcysteine as a treatment for addiction. In: Drug Addiction (Belin, D, ed), InTech.
  • Belin-Rauscent A, Belin D. Neurobiologie des mauvaises habitudes. Biofutur 2012; 338, 39-42.
  • Belin D., Deroche-Gamonent V Responses to novelty and vulnerability to cocaine addiction. In: Addiction (Pierce, C, Kenny, P, eds), Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory Press.
  • Belin D. and Dalley J.W.: Animal models of addiction dans “Drug abuse and addiction in medical illness: causes,consequences and treatment ". Springer/Humana Press, USA. Editors Joris Verster, Kathleen Brady, Marc Galanter and Patricia Conrod


Belin D, Economidou D, Pelloux Y, Everitt BJ: Habit Formation and Compulsion in Animal Models of Drug Addiction (Olmstead C Ed.), Humana Press (citations: 7)


  • Deroche-Gamonet V., Belin D. and Piazza P.V.: Modélisation animale et bases biologiques de laddiction in comportements addictifs chez l'enfant et l'adolescence, (Krebs, MO ed.).
  • Everitt, BJ, Belin, D, Dalley, J, Robbins, TW (2010) Dopaminergic mechanisms in drug-seeking habits and the vulnerability to drug addiction. In: Dopamine Handbook (Leslie Iversen, SI, Stephen Dunnett, and Anders. Bjorklund, ed), new York: Oxford University Press. (citations: 1)
  • Belin D. and Everitt B.J., Drug addiction: the neural and psychological basis of an incentive habit, in Handbook of the Basal Ganglia, Elsevier.


Belin D., Bari A., Besson M. and Dalley J.W.: Multi-disciplinary investigations of impulsivity in animal models of attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder and drug addiction vulnerability in Endophenotypes of psychiatric and neurodegenerative disorders in animal models, Research Signpost eds, editor   Sylvie Granon.

(*: co-last author)