Publications (from 2016) 
  • Peak, J., Chieng, B., Hart, G., & Balleine, B. W. (2020). Striatal direct and indirect pathway neurons differentially control the encoding and updating of goal-directed learning. eLife, 9. Read More.

  • Fisher, SD, Ferguson, LA, Bertran-Gonzalez, J & Balleine, BW (2020). Amygdala-cortical control of striatal plasticity drives the acquisition of goal-directed action. Current Biology. Read More.

  • Mo, M, Jönsson, ME, Mathews, MA, Johnstone, D, Ke, YD, Ittner, LM, Balleine, BW, Furlong, TM & Camp, AJ, 2020. K369I tau mice demonstrate a shift towards striatal neuron burst firing and goal-directed behaviour. Neuroscience. Read More.

  • Bradfield, LA, Leung, BK, Boldt, S, Liang, S, Balleine, BW (2020). Goal-directed actions transiently depend on dorsal hippocampus. Nature Neuroscience, 23, 1194–1197. Read More.

  • Turner, KM, & Parkes, SL (2020) Prefrontal regulation of behavioural control: Evidence from learning theory and translational approaches in rodents. Neuroscience and Biobehavioral Reviews, 118, 27-41. Read More.


  • Morse AK, Leung BK, Heath E, Bertran-Gonzalez J, Pepin E, Chieng BC, Balleine BW and Laurent V (2020). Basolateral amygdala drives a GPCR-based striatal memory process necessary for predictive learning to influence choice.  Neuron, Mar 29:S0896-6273(20)30193-8. Read More.

  • van Timmeren T, Quail SL, Balleine BW, Geurts DEM, Goudriaan AE, van Holst RJ. (2020). Intact corticostriatal control of goal-directed action in Alcohol Use Disorder: a Pavlovian-to-instrumental transfer and outcome-devaluation study. Scientific Reports, Mar 18;10(1):4949. Read More. 


  • Bradfield, L.A. and Hart, G. (2020). Rodent medial and lateral orbitofrontal cortices represent unique components of cognitive maps of task space. Neuroscience & Biobehavioral Reviews, 108, 287-294. Read more.


  • Matamales, M, McGovern, AE, Mi, JD, Mazzone, SB, Balleine, BW, Bertran-Gonzalez, J (2020). Local D2- to D1-neuron transmodulation updates goal-directed learning in the striatum. Science, Jan 31;367(6477):549-555. Read More.


  • Payzan-LeNestour E, Balleine BW, Doran J., Nave G. & Pradier L. (2020). Friend or foe: The influence of ambient sound on risk. Read More.


  • Balleine, B.W. & Dezfouli, A. (2019). Hierarchical action control: Adaptive collaboration between actions and habits. Frontiers in Psychology, Dec 11;10:2735. Read More. 


  • Balleine, B.W. (2019). The meaning of behavior: Discriminating reflex and volition in the brain. Neuron, Oct 9;104(1):47-62. Read More. 


  • Dezfouli, A. & Balleine, B.W. (2019). Learning the structure of the world: The adaptive nature of state-space and action representations in multi-stage decision-making. PLoS Computational Biology, Sep 6;15(9):e1007334. Read More. 


  • Dezfouli, A., Griffiths, K., Dayan, P. & Balleine, B.W. (2019). Models that learn as humans learn: The case of decision-making and its disorders. PLoS Computational Biology, Jun 11;15(6):e1006903. Read More. 


  • Carter, A., Richards, L.J., Apthorp, D., Azghadi, M.R., Badcock, D.R., Balleine, B.W., et al (2019). A neuroethics framework for the Australian Brain Initiative. Neuron, 101(3), 351-542. Read More. 


  • Dezfouli, A., Morris, R., Ramos, F., Dayan, P. & Balleine, B.W. (2019). Integrated accounts of behavioral and neuroimaging data using flexible recurrent neural network models. Advances in Neural Information Processing Systems, 31 (NIPS 2018). Read More.


  • Kyme, A., Angelis, G.I., Eisenhuth, J., Fulton, R.R., Zhou, V., Hart, G., Popovic, K., Akhtar, M., Ryder, W.J., Clemens, K., Balleine, B.W., Parmar, A., Pascali, G., Perkins, G. & Meikle, S.R. (2019). Open-Field PET: Simultaneous brain functional imaging and behavioural response measurements in freely moving animals. Neuroimage, Mar; 188: 92-101. Read More. 


  • Dezfouli, A., Balleine, B.W. & Nock, R. (2019). Optimal response vigor and choice under non-stationary outcome values. Psychonomic Bulletin & Review, Feb; 26(1): 182-204. Read More.  


  • Peak, J., Hart, G. & Balleine, B.W. (2019). From learning to action: The integration of dorsal striatal input and output pathways in instrumental conditioning. European Journal of Neuroscience, Mar; 49(5): 658-671. Read More.  

  • Bouton, M.E. & Balleine, B.W. (2019). Prediction and control of operant behavior: What you see is not all there is. Behavior Analysis: Research and Practice, May;19(2):202-212. Read More. 


  • Lingawi, N. W., Laurent, V., Westbrook, R. F., and Holmes, N. M. (2019). The role of the basolateral amygdala and infralimbic cortex in (re)learning extinction. Psychopharmacology (Berl) 236, 303-312. Read More. 

  • Cummins, N., Tweedie, A., Zuryn, S., Bertran‐Gonzalez, J., & Götz, J. (2019). Disease‐associated tau impairs mitophagy by inhibiting Parkin translocation to mitochondria. The EMBO journal, 38(3), e99360. Read More.

  • Wong, S., Balleine, B.W. & Kumfor, F. (2018). A new framework for conceptualizing symptoms in frontotemporal dementia: From the models to the clinic. Brain. Aug 1;141(8):2245-2254. Read More. 


  • Bradfield, L.A, Hart, G. & Balleine, B.W. (2018). Inferring action-dependent outcome representations depends on anterior but not posterior medial orbitofrontal cortex. Neurobiology of Learning and Memory, Sep 19;155:463-473. Read More. 


  • Hart, G., Bradfield, L.A., Fok, S., Chieng, B. & Balleine, B.W. (2018). The bilateral prefronto-striatal pathway is necessary for learning new goal-directed actions. Current Biology, July 23; 28(14), 2218-2229. Read More. 


  • Morris, R.W., Cryzon, C., Green, M.J., X Le Pelley, M.E. & Balleine, B.W. (2018). Impairments in action-outcome learning in schizophrenia. Translational Psychiatry, Mar 3; 8(1): 54. Read More.


  • Hart, G., Bradfield, L.A. & Balleine, B.W. (2018). Prefrontal cortico-striatal disconnection blocks the acquisition of goal-directed action. Journal of Neuroscience, Jan 31;38(5):1311-1322. Read More.


  • Laurent, V., Balleine, B.W. & Westbrook R.F. (2018). Motivational state controls the prediction error in Pavlovian appetitive-aversive interactions. Neurobiology of Learning and Memory, Jan;147:18-25. Read More.


  • Kassam, M., Fok, S.Y.Y., Smith, K.L., Kuligoweski, M. & Balleine, B.W. (2018). A novel, modernized Golgi-Cox stain optimized for CLARITY cleared tissue. Journal of Neuroscience Methods, Jan 15;294:102-110. Read More. 


  • Heath, E.M., Chieng, B., Christie, M.J. & Balleine, B.W. (2018). Substance P and dopamine interact to modulate the distribution of delta-opioid receptors on cholinergic interneurons in the striatum. European Journal of Neuroscience, 47, 1159–1173. Read More.


  • Furlong, T.M., Corbit, L.H., Brown, R.A.M. & Balleine, B.W. (2018). Methamphetamine promotes habitual action and alters the density of striatal glutamate-receptor and -vesicular proteins in dorsal striatum. Addiction Biology, May; 23(3): 857-867. Read More. 

  • Lingawi, N. W., Andrew, E., Laurent, V., Killcross, S., Westbrook, R. F., and Holmes, N. M. (2018). The conditions that regulate formation of a false fear memory in rats. Neurobiol Learn Mem 156, 53-59. Read More.

  • Lingawi, N. W., Holmes, N. M., Westbrook, R. F., and Laurent, V. (2018). The infralimbic cortex encodes inhibition irrespective of motivational significance. Neurobiol Learn Mem 150, 64-74. Read More. 

  • Goarin, E. H. F., Lingawi, N. W., and Laurent, V. (2018). Role Played by the Passage of Time in Reversal Learning. Front Behav Neurosci 12, 75. Read More. 

  • Bradfield, L. A., Matamales, M., & Bertran-Gonzalez, J. (2018). The Thalamostriatal Pathway and the Hierarchical Control of Action. Neuron, 100(3), 521-523. Read More.


  • Matamales, M. Skrbis, Z., Bailey, M.R. Balsam, P.D., Balleine, B.W., Gotz, J., Bertran-Gonzalez, J. (2017). A corticostriatal deficit promotes temporal distortion of automatic action in aging. eLife, Oct 23;6. pii: e29908. Read More. 


  • Laurent, V., Wong, F.L. & Balleine, B.W. (2017). The lateral habenula and its input to the rostromedial tegmental nucleus mediates outcome-specific conditioned inhibition. Journal of Neuroscience. Nov 8;37(45):10932-10942. Read More. 


  • Quail, S.L., Laurent, V. & Balleine, B.W. (2017). Inhibitory Pavlovian-instrumental transfer in humans. Journal of Experimental Psychology: Animal Learning and Cognition, Oct; 43(4): 315-324. Read More. 


  • Becchi, S., Buson, A., Foot, J., Jarolimek, W. & Balleine, B.W. (2017).  Semicarbazide Sensitive Amine Oxidase/Vascular Adhesion Protein-1 inhibition reduces lipopolysaccharide-induced neuroinflammation. British Journal of Pharmacology, Jul;174(14):2302-2317. Read More.


  • Bradfield LA, Balleine BW. (2017). Thalamic control of dorsomedial striatum regulates internal state to guide goal-directed action selection. Journal of Neuroscience, Mar 29;37(13):3721-3733. Read More.


  • Angus DJ, Latham AJ, Harmon-Jones E, Deliano M, Balleine B, Braddon-Mitchell D. (2017). Electrocortical components of anticipation and consumption in a monetary incentive delay task. Psychophysiology, Nov; 54(11): 1686-1705. Read More.


  • Furlong, T.M., Supit, A.S.A, Corbit, L.H., Killcross, S. & Balleine, B.W. (2017). Pulling habits out of rats: Adenosine 2A receptor antagonism in dorsomedial striatum rescues methamphetamine-induced deficits in goal-directed action. Addiction Biology Oct 30 Oct 30; 22(1):172-183. Read More.


  • Parkes SL, Furlong TM, Black AD, Balleine BW. (2017). Intermittent feeding alters sensitivity to changes in reward value.  Appetite. Jun 1; 113: 1-6. Read More.  


  • Quail SL, Morris RW, Balleine BW. (2017). Stress associated changes in Pavlovian-instrumental transfer in humans. Quarterly Journal of Experimental Psychology (Hove). Apr; 70(4): 675-685. Read More.


  • Yücel M, Carter A, Allen A, Balleine B, Clark L, Dowling N, Gainsbury S, Goudriaan A, Grant J, Hayes A, Hodgins D, van Holst R, Lattimore R, Livingstone C, Lorenzetti V, Lubman D, Murawski C, Parkes L, Petry N, Room R, Singh B, Thomas A, Townshend P, Youssef G, Hall W (2017) Neuroscience in gambling policy and treatment: an interdisciplinary perspective. Lancet Psychiatry. 2017 Feb 14. pii: S2215-0366(16)30369-8. Read More.

  • Lingawi, N. W., Westbrook, R. F., and Laurent, V. (2017). Extinction of relapsed fear does not require the basolateral amygdala. Neurobiology of learning and memory 139, 149-156. Read More.

  • Lingawi, N. W., Westbrook, R. F., and Laurent, V. (2017). Extinction and Latent Inhibition Involve a Similar Form of Inhibitory Learning that is Stored in and Retrieved from the Infralimbic Cortex. Cereb Cortex 27, 5547-5556. Read More. 

  • Nishi, A., Matamales, M., Musante, V., Valjent, E., Kuroiwa, M., Kitahara, Y., Rebholz H., Greengard P., Girault J. A., Nairn, A. C. (2017). Glutamate counteracts dopamine/PKA signaling via dephosphorylation of DARPP-32 Ser-97 and alteration of its cytonuclear distribution. Journal of Biological Chemistry, 292(4), 1462-1476. Read More.

  • Doly, S., Quentin, E., Eddine, R., Tolu, S., Fernandez, S. P., Bertran-Gonzalez, J., Valjent, E., Belmer, A., Viñals, X., Callebert, J., Faure, P. (2017). Serotonin 2B receptors in mesoaccumbens dopamine pathway regulate cocaine responses. Journal of Neuroscience, 37(43), 10372-10388. Read More.


  • Furlong, T.M., Duncan, J.R., Corbit, L.H., Rae, C.D., Rowlands, B.D., Maher, A.D., Nasrallah, F.A., Milligan, C.J., Petrou, S., Lawrence, A.J. & Balleine, B.W. (2016). Toluene inhalation in adolescent rats reduces flexible behaviour in adulthood and alters glutamatergic and GABAergic signaling. Journal of Neurochemistry. 139(5), 806-822. Read More.



  • Hart, G. & Balleine, B.W. (2016). Consolidation of goal-directed action depends on MAPK/ERK signalling in rodent prelimbic cortex.  Journal of Neuroscience, 36(47):11974 –11986. Read More.


  • Cartoni, E., Balleine, B.W. & Baldassarre, G. (2016). Appetitive Pavlovian-instrumental transfer: a review. Neuroscience & Biobehavioral Reviews, 71: 829-848. Read More.


  • Griffiths, K., Lagopoulos, J., Hermens, D., Lee, R., Guastella, A., Hickie, I. & Balleine, B.W. (2016). Impaired causal awareness and associated cortical-basal ganglia structural changes in youth psychiatric disorders. Neuroimage: Clinical, Jul 7;12:285-92. Read More.


  • Alvares, G.A., Balleine, B.W., Whittle, L. & Guastella, A.J. (2016). Reduced goal-directed action control in autism spectrum disorder. Autism Research, 9(12), 1285-1293, Read More.


  • Payzan-LeNestour, Balleine, B.W., Berrada, T & Pearson, J. (2016). Variance after-effects distort risk perception in humans. Current Biology, Jun 6; 26(11):1500-4. Read More.


  • Matamales M, Skrbis Z, Hatch, RJ, Balleine BW, Götz J, & Bertran-Gonzalez, J. (2016). Aging-related dysfunction of striatal cholinergic interneurons produces conflict in action selection. Neuron, Apr 20;90(2):362-73. Read More.


  • Corbit LH, Balleine BW. (2016). Learning and motivational processes contributing to Pavlovian-instrumental transfer and their neural bases: Dopamine and beyond. Curr Topics in Behav Neurosci, 27:259-89. Read More.


  • Leah PM, Heath EM, Balleine BW, Christie MJ. (2016). Chronic Morphine Reduces Surface Expression of δ-Opioid Receptors in Subregions of Rostral Striatum. Neurochem Res., Mar; 41(3):500-9. Read More.

  • Matamales, M., Götz, J., & Bertran-Gonzalez, J. (2016). Quantitative imaging of cholinergic interneurons reveals a distinctive spatial organization and a functional gradient across the mouse striatum. PloS one, 11(6), e0157682. Read More.


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