College Clare Hall
  • Psychiatry
  • Research Focus


  • Reinforcement Learning
  • Decision Making
  • Cognitive Neuroscience
  • Computational Psychiatry
  • Drug Addiction
  • Clinical Conditions

  • Addiction
  • Equipment & Techniques

  • Behavioural analysis
  • Computational modelling
  • Neuropsychological testing
  • Magnetic resonance imaging (MRI)
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    Dr Tsen Vei Lim

    University Position
    Research Associate


    My primary research interest lies at the intersection of computational psychiatry and substance use disorder. Specifically, I combine the use of experimental frameworks of instrumental learning and decision-making, as well as computational modelling techniques to disentangle the latent processes that underpin maladaptive behaviour in individuals with pathological substance use. Additionally, I am also interested in understanding the determinants of behavioural and cognitive flexibility, as well as habit formation within the general population.

    Key Publications

    Theory-driven computational models of drug addiction in humans: Fruitful or futile?

    Journal: Addiction Neuroscience
    E-pub date: 1 Mar 2023
    Authors: TV Lim, KD Ersche

    Impaired Learning From Negative Feedback in Stimulant Use Disorder: Dopaminergic Modulation.

    Journal: Int J Neuropsychopharmacol
    E-pub date: 12 Nov 2021
    Authors: TV Lim, RN Cardinal, ET Bullmore, TW Robbins, KD Ersche

    Impairments in reinforcement learning do not explain enhanced habit formation in cocaine use disorder.

    Journal: Psychopharmacology (Berl)
    E-pub date: 31 Aug 2019
    Authors: TV Lim, RN Cardinal, G Savulich, PS Jones, AA Moustafa, TW Robbins, KD Ersche

    Creature of Habit: A self-report measure of habitual routines and automatic tendencies in everyday life.

    Journal: Pers Individ Dif
    E-pub date: 1 Oct 2017
    Authors: KD Ersche, T-V Lim, LHE Ward, TW Robbins, J Stochl


    The ‘Resilient Brain’: challenging key characteristics associated with the concept of resilience.

    Journal: Psychol Med
    E-pub date: 25 Jan 2023
    Authors: G Savulich, E Ferry-Bolder, TV Lim, E Mak, KD Ersche

    Reduced Glutamate Turnover in the Putamen Is Linked With Automatic Habits in Human Cocaine Addiction.

    Journal: Biol Psychiatry
    E-pub date: 15 May 2021
    Authors: KD Ersche, TV Lim, AG Murley, C Rua, MM Vaghi, TL White, GB Williams, TW Robbins

    Impulsivity and compulsivity are differentially associated with automaticity and routine on the Creature of Habit Scale.

    Journal: Pers Individ Dif
    E-pub date: 1 Nov 2019
    Authors: KD Ersche, LHE Ward, T-V Lim, RJ Lumsden, SJ Sawiak, TW Robbins, J Stochl

    Dopaminergic modulation of reinforcement learning in stimulant drug addiction

    E-pub date: 1 Aug 2019
    Authors: TV Lim, RN Cardinal, C Meng, GK Murray, KJ Craig, S Abbott, SS Shabbir, J Suckling, BJ Sahakian, ET Bullmore, TW Robbins, KD Ersche