Publications by Read Montague

For a more complete list of publications, visit the following publication sites:

Jones OD, Montague PR, Yaffe G. (2020). Detecting Mens Rea in the Brain. 169 University of Pennsylvania Law Review.

Huang YL, Fonagy P, Feigenbaum J, Montague PR, Nolte T, & London Personality and Mood Disorder Research Consortium. (2020). Multidirectional Pathways between Attachment, Mentalizing, and Posttraumatic Stress Symptomatology in the Context of Childhood Trauma. Psychopathology: 1-11. doi: 10.1159/000506406.

Wendt LP, Wright AGC, Pilkonis PA, Nolte T, Fonagy P, Montague PR, Benecke C, Krieger T, Zimmermann, J. (2019). The latent structure of interpersonal problems: Validity of dimensional, categorical, and hybrid models. Journal of Abnormal Psychology 12(8): 823-839.

Solway A, Lohrenz T, Montague PR. (2019). Loss aversion correlates with the propensity to deploy model-based control. Frontiers in Neuroscience 13(915).

Kappes A, Harvey A, Lohrenz T, Montague PR, Sharot T. (2019). Confirmation Bias in the Utilization of Others’ Opinion Strength. Nature Neuroscience: doi:10.1038/s41593-019-0549-2.

Kirk U, Pagnoni G, Hétu S, Montague PR. (2019). Short-term mindfulness practice attenuates reward prediction errors signals in the brain. Scientific Reports 9(1): 6964.

Montague PR, Kishida KT. (2019). Computational Underpinnings of Neuromodulation in Humans. Cold Spring Harbor symposia on quantitative biology: pii: 038166. doi: 10.1101/sqb.2018.83.038166.

Euler S, Nolte T, Constantinou M, Griem J, Montague PR, Fonagy P. (2019). Interpersonal Problems in Borderline Personality Disorder: Associations with Mentalizing, Emotion Regulation, and Impulsiveness. Journal of Personality Disorders: 1-17.

Kishida KT, De Asis-Cruz J, Treadwell-Deering D, Liebenow B, Beauchamp MS, Montague PR. (2019). Diminished single-stimulus response in vmPFC to favorite people in children diagnosed with Autism Spectrum Disorder. Biological Psychology 145: 174 - 184.

Luo Y, Hétu S, Lohrenz T, Hula A, Dayan P, Ramey SL, Sonnier-Netto L, Lisinski J, LaConte S, Nolte T, Fonagy P, Rahmani E, Montague PR, Ramey C. (2018). Early childhood investment impacts social decision-making four decades later. Nature Communications 9(1): 4705.

Hula A, Vilares I, Dayan P, Montague PR. (2018). A Model of Risk and Mental State Shifts During Social Interaction. PLOS Computational Biology 14(2): e1005935.

Montague PR. (2018). Dorcas Cummings Lecture: Connecting Mind and Brain in a Computational Age. Cold Spring Harbor Symposia on Quantitative Biology 83: 229-236. doi: 10.1101/sqb.2018.83.038091.

Moran RJ, Kishida KT, Lohrenz T, Saez I, Laxton AW, Witcher MR, Tatter SB, Ellis TL, Phillips PE, Dayan P, Montague PR. (2018). The Protective Action Encoding of Serotonin Transients in the Human Brain. Neuropsychopharmacology 43: 1425-1435.

Montague PR. (2017). Computational Phenotypes Revealed by Interactive Economic Games. In: Anticevic A, Murray JD, Krystal JH (Ed.), Computational Psychiatry: Mathematical Modeling of Mental Illness. (pp. 273-292):Elsevier.

Hétu S, Luo Y, D'Ardenne K, Lohrenz T, Montague PR. (2017). Human substantia nigra and ventral tegmental area involvement in computing social error signals during the ultimatum game. Social Cognitive and Affective Neuroscience 12(12): 1972-1982.

Solway A, Gu X, Montague PR. (2017). Forgetting to Be Addicted: Reconsolidation and the Disconnection of Things Past. Biological Psychiatry 82(11): 774-775.

Vilares I, Wesley MJ, Ahn WJ, Bonnie RJ, Hoffman M, Jones OD, Morse SJ, Yaffe G, Lohrenz T, Montague PR. (2017). Predicting the knowledge–recklessness distinction in the human brain. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences (USA) 114(12): 3222-3227. doi:10.1073/pnas.1619385114.

Luo Q, Ma Y, Bhatt M, Montague PR, Feng J. (2017). The Functional Architecture of the Brain Underlies Strategic Deception in Impression Management. Frontiers in Human Neuroscience 11: 513. doi: 10.3389/fnhum.2017.00513.

Solway A, Lohrenz T, Montague PR. (2017). Simulating future value in intertemporal choice. Scientific Reports 7: 43119. doi: 10.1038/srep43119.

Montague PR, Kishida KT, Moran RJ, Lohrenz TM. (2016). An efficiency framework for valence processing systems inspired by soft cross-wiring. Current Opinion in Behavioral Sciences 11: 121-129.

Lohrenz T, Kishida KT, Montague PR. (2016). BOLD and its connection to dopamine release in human striatum: a cross-cohort comparison. Philosophical Transactions of the Royal Society Biological Sciences 371(1705): 20150352. doi: 10.1098/rstb.2015.0352.

Koffarnus MK, Johnson MW, Thompson-Lake DGY, Wesley MJ, Lohrenz T, Montague PR, Bickel WK. (2016). Cocaine-Dependent Adults and Recreational Cocaine Users Are More Likely Than Controls to Choose Immediate Unsafe Sex Over Delayed Safer Sex. Experimental and Clinical Psychopharmacology 24(4): 297-304. doi: 10.1037/pha0000080.

Hétu S, Luo Y, Saez I, D'Ardenne K, Lohrenz T, Montague PR. (2016). Asymmetry in Functional Connectivity of the Human Habenula Revealed by High-Resolution Cardiac-Gated Resting State Imaging. Human Brain Mapping 37(7): 2602-2615. doi: 10.1002/hbm.23194.

Gu X, Lohrenz T, Salas R, Baldwin PR, Soltani A, Kirk U, Cinciripini P, Montague PR. (2016). Belief about Nicotine Modulates Subjective Craving and Insula Activity in Deprived Smokers. Frontiers in Psychiatry 7: 126. doi: 10.3389/fpsyt.2016.00126. eCollection 2016.

McAdams CJ, Jeon-Slaughter H, Evans S, Lohrenz T, Montague PR, Krawczyk DC. (2016). Neural differences in self-perception during illness and after weight-recovery in anorexia nervosa. Social Cognitive and Affective Neuroscience 11(11): 1823-1831.

Kirk U, Gu X, Sharp C, Hula A, Fonagy P, Montague PR. (2016). Mindfulness training increases cooperative decision making in economic exchanges: Evidence from fMRI. NeuroImage 138: 274-283. doi: 10.1016/j.neuroimage.2016.05.075. Epub 2016 Jun 4.

Wagner A, Bonnie RJ, Casey BJ, Davis A, Faigman DL, Hoffman MB, Jones OD, Montague PR, Morse SJ, Raichle ME, Richeson JA, Scott ES, Steinberg L, Taylor-Thompson K, Yaffe G. (2016). fMRI and Lie Detection: A Knowledge Brief of the MacArthur Foundation Research Network on Law and Neuroscience. The MacArthur Foundation Research Network on Law and Neuroscience.

Kishida KT, Saez I, Lohrenz TM, Witcher MR, Laxton AW, Tatter SB, White JP, Ellis TL, Phillips PEM, Montague PR. (2016). Subsecond dopamine fluctuations in human striatum encode superposed error signals about actual and counterfactual reward. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences (USA) 113(1): 200-205. doi: 10.1073/pnas.1513619112.
[COMMENTARY: Dopamine: Context and counterfactuals] [PDF]

Stephan KE, Binder EB, Breakspear M, Dayan P, Johnstone EC, Meyer-Linderberg A, Schnyder U, Wang X, Bach DR, Fletcher PC, Flint J, Frank MJ, Heinz A, Huys QJM, Montague PR, Owen MJ, Friston KJ. (2015). Charting the landscape of priority problems in psychiatry, part 2: pathogenesis and aetiology. The Lancet Psychiatry 3(1): 84-90.

Stephan KE, Bach DR, Fletcher PC, Flint J, Frank MJ, Friston KJ, Heinz A, Huys QJM, Owen MJ, Binder EB, Dayan P, Johnstone EC, Meyer-Lindenberg A, Montague PR, Schnyder U, Wang X, Breakspear M. (2015). Charting the landscape of priority problems in psychiatry, part 1: classification and diagnosis. The Lancet Psychiatry 3(1): 84-90.

Dayan P, Dolan RJ, Friston KJ, Montague PR. (2015). Taming the shrewdness of neural function: methodological challenges in computational psychiatry. Current Opinion in Behavioral Sciences 5: 128-132.

McAdams CJ, Lohrenz T, Montague PR. (2015). Neural responses to kindness and malevolence differ in illness and recovery in women with anorexia nervosa. Human Brain Mapping 36(12): 5207-5219. doi: 10.1002/hbm.23005.

Hula A, Montague PR, Dayan P. (2015). Monte Carlo Planning Method Estimates Planning Horizons during Interactive Social Exchange. PLOS Computational Biology 11(6): e1004254. doi: 10.1371/journal.pcbi.1004254.

Montague PR, Lohrenz T, Dayan, P. (2015). The three R's of trust. Current Opinion in Behavioral Sciences 3: 102-106.

Kirk U, Montague PR. (2015). Mindfulness meditation modulates reward prediction errors in a passive conditioning task. Frontiers in Psychology 6: 90. doi: 10.3389/fpsyg.2015.00090.

Gu X, Lohrenz T, Salas R, Baldwin PR, Soltani A, Kirk U, Cinciripini PM, Montague PR. (2015). Belief about nicotine selectively modulates value and reward prediction error signals in smokers. Proceedings of the National Academy of Science (USA) 112(8): 2529-2544. Pii201416639.
[COMMENTARY: Beliefs modulate the effects of drugs on the human brain] [PDF]

Koffarnus MN, Johnson MW, Wesley MJ, Lohrenz T, Montague PR, Bickel WK. (2015). Cocaine-dependent adults are more likely than controls to choose immediate unsafe sex over delayed safe sex. Drug and Alcohol Dependence 146: e161.

Gu X, Wang X, Hula, A, Wang S, Xu S, Lohrenz, T, Knight R, Gao Z, Dayan P, Montague PR. (2015). Necessary, yet dissociable contributions of the insular and ventromedial prefrontal cortices to norm adaption: computational and lesion evidence in humans. The Journal of Neuroscience 35(2): 467-473.

Lu JT, Kishida KT, De Asis-Cruz J, Lohrenz T, Treadwell-Deering D, Beauchamp M, Montague PR. (2015). Single-stimulus functional MRI produces a neural individual difference measure for autism spectrum disorder. Clinical Psychological Science 3(3): 422-432. doi: 10.1177/2167702614562042.

Ahn WY, Kishida KT, Gu X, Lohrenz T, Harvey A, Alford JR, Smith KB, Yaffe G, Hibbing JR, Dayan P, Montague PR. (2014). Nonpolitical images evoke neural predictors of political ideology. Current Biology 24(22): 2693-2699. doi: 10.1016/j.cub.2014.09.050. Epub 2014 Nov 17.

Jones OD, Bonnie RJ, Casey BJ, Davis A, Faigman DL, Hoffman M, Montague PR, Morse SJ, Raichle ME, Richeson JA, Scott E, Steinberg L, Taylor-Thompson K, Wagner A, Yaffe G. (2014). Law and Neuroscience: Recommendations Submitted to the President's Bioethics Commission. J Law Biosci: 224-6.

Wesley MJ, Lohrenz T, Koffarnus MN, McClure SM, De La Garza R 2nd, Salas R, Thompson-Lake DG, Newton TF, Bickel WK, Montague PR. (2014). Choosing Money over Drugs: The Neural Underpinnings of Difficult Choice in Chronic Cocaine Users. Journal of Addiction 2014: 189853. doi: 10.1155/2014/189853.

Smith A, Lohrenz T, King J, Montague PR, Camerer CF. (2014). Irrational exuberance and neural crash warning signals during endogenous experimental market bubbles. Proceedings of the National Academy of Science (USA) 111(29): 10503-10508. doi: 10.1073/pnas.1318416111.

Friston KJ, Stephan KE, Montague PR, Dolan RJ. (2014). Computational psychiatry: the brain as a phantastic organ. The Lancet Psychiatry 1(2): 148-158.

Kirk U, Gu X, Harvey AH, Fonagy, P, Montague PR. (2014). Mindfulness training modulates value signals in ventromedial prefrontal cortex through input from insular cortex. NeuroImage 100: 254-262. doi: 10.1016/j.neuroimage.2014.06.035. Epub 2014 Jun 21.

Bickel WK, Wesley MJ, Shin J, Koffarnus MN, Lohrenz T, Montague PR. (2014). Neural correlates of cross-commodity discounting in cocaine users and controls. Current Opinion in Behavioral Sciences.

D'Ardenne K, Lohrenz T, Bartley KA, Montague PR. (2013). Computational heterogeneity in the human mesencephalic dopamine system. Cognitive Affective and Behavioral Neuroscience 13(4): 747-756.

Lohrenz T, Bhatt M, Apple N, Montague PR. (2013). Keeping up with the Joneses: Interpersonal Prediction Errors and the Correlation of Behavior in a Tandem Sequential Choice Task. PLOS Computational Biology 9(10): doi: 10.1371/journal.pcbi.1003275.

Kishida KT, Montague PR. (2013). Economic probes of mental function and the extraction of computational phenotypes. Journal of Economic Behavior & Organization 94: 234–241.

Gu X, Kirk U, Lohrenz T, Montague PR. (2013). Cognitive Strategies Regulate Fictive, but not Reward Prediction Error Signals in a Sequential Investment Task. Human Brain Mapping 35(8): 3738-3740. doi: 10.1002/hbm.22433. Epub 2013 Dec 31.

Contact Read Montague

Office phone: 540-526-2006

Office location: R-1107

Email address:

Website: Visit Read Montague's website

Recent Press

Big Lick of Science Podcast (May 29, 2020): With Dr. Read Montague: Why choose this interview

Science (Jan. 9, 2020): MRI scanners built for two

FreeThink (Dec. 21, 2019): Diving Deep Into the Brain to Measure Neurotransmitters