Dr. Marion Rivalan

Phone: +(49) 030 450 539 743
Email: marion.rivalan@charite.de
ORCID iD iconorcid.org/0000-0002-1642-7522

Research interests

Mental and Neurological disorders, Mouse/Rat behavioural Phenotyping, Endophenotype, Serotonin, Pre-frontal cortex, Executive functions, Decision Making, Rat Gambling Task, Social organization, Hierarchy, Visible Burrow System, Social Network Analysis, Automated Home-cage testing.


Déc. 2009 : Doctoral degree in Behavioural Neurosciences at Bordeaux University, France.
Title of Thesis: Decision making in rats: interindividual differences and associated psychobiological characteristics.
Original title (Fr): Modélisation de la prise de décision adaptée et inadaptée chez le rat et caractérisation psychobiologique des différences interindividuelles.


Individual Research Grant from the German Research Foundation (DFG), 2015-2019
Individual PhD research Grant from the French Ministry of Research (MENRT), 2006-2009

Rivalan M, Grégoire S, Dellu-Hagedorn F. (2007). Reduction of impulsivity with amphetamine in an appetitive fixed consecutive number schedule with cue for optimal performance in rats. Psychopharmacology, 192(2):171-82.
Rivalan M, Blondeau C, Dellu-Hagedorn F. (2009). Modeling symptoms of mental disorders using a dimensional approach in the rat. Endophenotypes of psychiatric and neurodegenerative disorders in rodent models. Granon S. (Eds.), Transworld Research Network, Kerala, India, 2:15-40.
Rivalan M, Ahmed S, Dellu-Hagedorn F. (2009). Risk-prone individuals prefer the wrong options on a rat version of the Iowa Gambling Task. Biological Psychiatry, 66:743–749.
Rivalan M, Coutureau E, Fitoussi A and Dellu-Hagedorn F (2011). Inter-individual decision-making differences in the effects of cingulate, orbitofrontal, and prelimbic cortex lesions in a rat gambling task. Frontiers in Behavioral Neuroscience. 5:22. doi: 10.3389/fnbeh.2011.00022
de Visser L, Homberg J, Mitsogiannis M, Zeeb F, Rivalan M, Fitoussi A, Galhardo V, van den Bos R, Winstanley C and Dellu-Hagedorn F (2011). Rodent versions of the Iowa Gambling Task: opportunities and challenges for the understanding of decision-making. Frontiers in Neuroscience. 5:109. doi: 10.3389/fnins.2011.00109
Gregoire S*, Rivalan M*, Le Moine C, Dellu-Hagedorn F (2012). The synergy of working memory and inhibitory control: behavioral, pharmacological and neural functional evidence. Neurobiology of Learning and Memory 97  202–212. doi:10.1016/j.nlm.2011.12.003 (*equal contribution to this work)
van den Bos R, Davies W, Dellu-Hagedorn F, Goudriaan A.E, Granon S, Homberg J, Rivalan M, Swendsen J, Adriani W (2013). Cross-species approaches to pathological gambling: a review targeting sex differences, adolescent vulnerability and ecological validity of research tools. Neuroscience and Biobehavioral Reviews. doi: 10.1016/j.neubiorev.2013.07.005
Rivalan M*, Valton V*, Seriès P, Marchand A, Dellu-Hagedorn F (2013). Elucidating poor decision-making in a rat gambling task. PLoS One. 2013 8(12):e82052. 10.1371/journal.pone.0082052 (*equal contribution to this work)
Fitoussi A, Le Moine C, De Deurwaerdère P, Laqui M, Rivalan M, Cador M, Dellu-Hagedorn F (2014). Prefronto-subcortical imbalance characterizes poor decision-making: neurochemical and neural functional evidences in rats. Brain Structure and Function. 2014. doi:10.1007/s00429-014-0868-8
Schuster S, Rivalan M, Strauss U, Stoenica L, Trimbuch T, Rademacher N, Parathasarathy S, Lajkó D, Rosenmund C, Shoichet S, Winter Y, Tarabykin V, Rosário M (2015). NOMA-GAP/ARHGAP33 regulates synapse development and autistic-like behavior in the mouse. Molecular Psychiatry. 2015. 20:1120-1131. doi: 10.1038/mp.2015.42.
Waters RP*, Rivalan M*, Bangasser DA, Deussing J, Ising M, Wood SK, Summers CH (2015). Evidence for the role of corticotropin-releasing-factor in major depression disorder. Review paper following the organisation of a symposium at IBNS 2014.Neuroscience & Biobehavioral Reviews. 2015 doi:10.1016/j.neubiorev.2015.07.011 (*equal contribution to this work)
Klein C, Jonas W, Iggena D, Empl L, Rivalan M, Wiedmer P, Spranger J, Hellweg R, Winter Y, Steiner B (2016). Exercise prevents high-fat diet-induced impairment of flexible memory expression associated with adult hippocampal neurogenesis in mice. Neurobiology of Learning and Memory. 2016. 131:26-35. doi: 10.1016/j.nlm.2016.03.002
Klein C, Rasinska JU, Empl L, Sparenberg M, Anahita P, Hain EG, Iggena D, Rivalan M, Winter Y, Steiner B. (2016). Physical exercise counteracts MPTP-induced changes in neural precursor cell proliferation in the hippocampus and restores spatial learning but not memory performance in the water maze. Behavioural Brain Research. 2016. 307:227-38. doi: 10.1016/j.bbr.2016.02.040
Rivalan M, Munawar H, Fuchs A, Winter Y (2017). An Automated, Experimenter-Free Method for the Standardised, Operant Cognitive Testing of Rats. PLoS ONE 12(1): e0169476. https://doi.org/10.1371/journal.pone.0169476
Dellu-Hagedorn F, Rivalan M, Fitoussi A, De Deurwaerdère P (2017). Inter-individual differences in the impulsive/compulsive dimension: deciphering related dopaminergic and serotonergic metabolisms at rest. Accepted (17.10.2017) in Philosophical Transactions B.

Data sharing:
Nachev V, Rivalan M, Winter Y (2017). Principles of economic rationality in mice. Data set, Zenodo. doi.org/10.5281/zenodo.1014052
Zenodo, An Automated, Experimenter-Free Method for the Standardised, Operant Cognitive Testing of Rats (2017) __ Data supplementing __ https://doi.org/10.1371/journal.pone.0169476