Singer Neuro Lab

School of Psychology, University of Sussex


The goal of our research is to understand the psychological and neurobiological underpinnings of motivated behaviour. In particular, we study how individuals vary in aspects of addiction, impulsivity, and responsiveness to Pavlovian cues.

We encourage creative projects and we value diverse approaches for understanding and improving mental health. Projects in the lab are often multi-disciplinary, researching both models of addiction and working with people who have lived experience.


Dr Bryan Singer (Principal Investigator)

Bryan is a Senior Lecturer in the School of Psychology at the University of Sussex (Brighton, UK). Bryan's lab is part of the highly collaborative Behavioural and Clinical Neuroscience group. He is the Director of the Sussex Addiction Research and Intervention Centre (SARIC) and a member of Sussex Neuroscience. Bryan also has an Associate role at The Open University (UK).

Current Lab Members

Rudy Kuzminski (PhD Student)

Rudy is investigating the brain regions responsible for individual variation in motivation and how neural activity in these areas can be modified via pharmacological treatment.

Elena Tiddens (PhD Student)

In both animal models and people, Elena is studying how social conditions impact gambling behaviour. Using both pharmacology and principles of contingency management, Elena is developing strategies to reduce gambling.

Previous Members

Morgane Colom (former PhD Student)

Morgane is investigating synaptic morphology underlying individual variation in conditioned behaviours. She is also applying what she has learned about motivated behaviour in animals to studying how people vary in their responses to reward-predictive stimuli.

Kris Adamatzky (former PhD Student)

Using behavioural economic modelling, pharmacology, and analysis of ultrasonic vocalisations, Kris investigates how motivation and pleasure drive heroin and cocaine pursuit.

Morgan Zolkwer (Placement Student)

Angharad Collins (Placement Student)

Genie Gilkes (Placement Student)

Sussex Addiction Research & Intervention Centre (SARIC)

Our centre is composed of researchers at Sussex that study all aspects of drug and behavioural addictions, including theoretical modelling, neuroscience, human laboratory, clinical psychology, clinical trials, epidemiology, and policy issues. For more information, please see the websites listed below.


Every year, we welcome undergraduate, placement, and master's students into our lab. Sussex also offers several competitive PhD studentships every year. Please see the links below, and contact us if you have research ideas you're interested in pursuing with us.