Institut de Neurosciences Cognitives et Intégratives d'Aquitaine (UMR5287)

Aquitaine Institute for Cognitive and Integrative Neuroscience

Université de Bordeaux

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146, rue Léo Saignat
33076 Bordeaux cedex


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CNRS Ecole Pratique des Hautes Etudes Université de Bordeaux

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Parkes Shauna

by Etienne Coutureau - published on , updated on



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Lab Location: Charles Perrens

Team: Decision and Adaptation

Research domain: Behavioural Neuroscience

Scientific expertise:

  • Experimental psychology
  • Integrated study of behaviour
  • Neural circuits


  • Contextual control of choice
  • Neural circuitry underlying value representations
  • Maladaptive decision-making: Role of hippocampal-cortical interactions
  • Insular cortex and value-based decisions

Current team:

  • Robin Piquet (PhD student, Université de Bordeaux)
  • Yacine Tensaouti (PhD student, Université de Bordeaux)
  • Lachlan Ferguson (Postdoctoral Researcher)


  • ANR PRC (2021-2024), 200k€, RELATIVE
  • CNRS-University of Toronto PRC (2020-2021), 10k€, NEUROCONTROL
  • ANR JCJC (2019-2023), Agence Nationale de la Recherche, France, 242k€, CoCoChoice.
  • NARSAD Young Investigator Grant (2018-2020), Brain & Behavior Research Foundation, USA, 68k€, Goal-directed action in schizophrenia: A role for hippocampal-cortical circuits.
  • Fondation Fyssen Subvention de Recherche (2017-2018), 34k€, Neural circuit underlying contextual control over decision-making in rats.
  • AgreenSkills Postdoctoral Fellowship (2014-2016), European Union’s 7th Framework Programme for Research/INRA, Cortico-cortical interactions in food-oriented behaviour.

Publications 2010-present


  • Cerpa JC, Coutureau E, Parkes SL (2021) Dopamine and noradrenaline modulation of goal-directed behaviour in orbital and medial prefrontal cortex: Towards a division of labour? Behavioral Neuroscience,



  • Morceau S, Piquet R, Wolff M, Parkes SL (2019) Targeting reciprocally connected brain regions through CAV-2 mediated interventions. Frontiers in Molecular Neuroscience, doi: 10.3389/fnmol.2019.00303.
  • Fresno V, Parkes SL, Faugère A, Coutureau E, Wolff E (2019) A thalamocortical circuit for updating action-outcome contingencies, eLife, 8: e46187.


  • Coutureau E & Parkes SL. Cortical determinants of goal-directed action (2018). In R.W. Morris, A.M. Bornstein & A. Shenhav (Eds.), Goal-Directed Decision Making: Computations and Neural Circuits. Academic Press, Elsevier.
  • Parkes SL, Ravassard PM, Cerpa JC, Wolff M, Ferreira G, Coutureau E (2018) Insular and ventrolateral orbitofrontal cortices differentially contribute to goal-directed behaviour in rodents. Cerebral Cortex, doi: 10.1093/cercor/bhx132.


  • Parkes SL, Furlong TM, Black AD, Balleine BW (2017) Intermittent feeding renders instrumental actions for a food reward insensitive to changes in reward value. Appetite, 113, 1-6.
  • Tantot F*, Parkes SL*, Marchand A, Boitard C, Naneix F, Layé S, Trifilieff P, Coutureau E, Ferreira G (2017) The effect of high-fat diet consumption on appetitive instrumental behavior in rats. Appetite, 108, 203-211. *Joint first authors


  • Boitard C*, Parkes SL*, Cavaroc A, Tantot F, Sauvant J, Layé S, Castanon N, Tronel S, Pacheco-Lopez G, Coutureau E, Ferreira G (2016) Effects of adolescent high-fat diet consumption of memory are reversed at adulthood by exposure to a control diet. Frontiers in Behavioral Neuroscience, 10, doi: 10.3389/fnbeh.2016.00225 *Joint first authors.
  • Parkes SL, Marchand AR, Ferreira G, Coutureau E (2016) A time course of satiety-induced instrumental outcome devaluation. Learning & Behavior, 44, 347-355.
  • Parkes SL, Ferreira G, Coutureau E (2016). Acquisition of specific response-outcome associations requires NMDA receptor activation in the basolateral amygdala but not the insular cortex. Neurobiology of Learning and Memory,128: 40-45


  • Parkes SL, Furlong TM, Naneix F (2015) Does chronic consumption of Western-style diets impair the ability to learn about food-related cues? Frontiers in Psychology, doi: 10.3389/fpsyg.2015.00536
  • Parkes SL, Bradfield LA, Balleine BW (2015) Interaction of insular cortex and ventral striatum mediates the effect of incentive memory on choice between goal-directed actions. The Journal of Neuroscience, 35: 6464-6471.
  • Delpech JC, Saucisse N, Parkes SL, Lacabanne C, Aubert A, Casenave F, Coutureau E, Sans N, Layé S, Ferreira G, Nadjar A (2015) Microglial activation enhances associative taste memory through purinergic modulation of glutamatergic neurotransmission. The Journal of Neuroscience, 35, 3022-3033.


  • Parkes SL, De la Cruz V, Bermúdez-Rattoni F, Coutureau E, Ferreira G (2014) Differential role of insular cortex muscarinic and NMDA receptors in one-trial appetitive taste learning. Neurobiology of Learning and Memory, 116, 112-116.


  • Holmes NM, Parkes SL, Killcross S, Westbrook RF (2013) The basolateral amygdala is critical for learning about neutral stimuli in the presence of danger and the perirhinal cortex is critical in the absence of danger. The Journal of Neuroscience, 33, 13112 – 13125.
  • Parkes SL, Balleine BW (2013) Incentive memory: Evidence the basolateral amygdala encodes and the insular cortex retrieves outcome value to guide choice between goal-directed actions. The Journal of Neuroscience, 33, 8753 – 8763.


  • Parkes SL, Westbrook RF (2011) Role of the basolateral amygdala and NMDA receptors in higher-order conditioned fear. Reviews in the Neurosciences, 22, 317-333.


  • Parkes SL, Westbrook RF (2010) The basolateral amygdala is critical for the acquisition and extinction of associations between a neutral stimulus and a learned danger signal but not between two neutral stimuli. The Journal of Neuroscience, 30, 12608 – 12618.
  • Martire SI, Parkes SL, Westbrook RF (2010) The effects of FG 7142 on sensory-specific satiety in rats. Behavioural Brain Research, 209, 131-136.