• SB Ostlund, AT Liu, KM Wassum, NT Maidment (2017) Modulation of cue‐triggered reward seeking by cholinergic signaling in the dorsomedial striatum. European Journal of Neuroscience (pdf)


  • AL Collins, TJ Aitken, VY Greenfield, SB Ostlund, KM Wassum (2016) Nucleus accumbens acetylcholine receptors modulate dopamine and motivation. Neuropsychopharmacology (pdf)
  • Halbout B, Liu AT, Ostlund SB (2016) A closer look at the effects of repeated cocaine exposure on adaptive decision-making under conditions that promote goal-directed control. Frontiers in Psychiatry (pdf)
  • Wassum KM, Greenfield VY, Linker KE, Maidment NT, Ostlund SB (2016). Inflated reward value in opiate withdrawal. Addiction Biology (pdf)


  • Mendez IA, Ostlund SB, Maidment NT, Murphy NP (2015) Involvement of endogenous enkephalins and β-endorphin in feeding and diet-induced obesity. Neuropsychopharmacology (pdf)


  • Ostlund SB, LeBlanc KH, Kosheleff AR, Wassum KM, Maidment NT (2014) Phasic mesolimbic dopamine signaling mediates the facilitation of incentive motivation produced by repeated cocaine exposure. Neuropsychopharmacology, 39:2441-9. (pdf)
  • Cui Y, Ostlund SB, James A, Park CS, Roberts KW, Mittal N, Murphy NP, Cepeda C, Kieffer BL, Levine M, Jentsch JD, Walwyn WM, Evans CJ, Maidment NT, Yang WX (2014) Morphine reward but not analgesia or withdrawal by targeted rescue of mu-opioid receptor expression in a subset of striatonigral neurons. Nature Neuroscience, 17:254-261. (pdf)
  • Beeler JA, Cools R, Luciana M, Ostlund SB, Petzinger G (2014) A kinder, gentler dopamine … highlighting dopamine’s role in behavioral flexibility. Frontiers in Neuroscience, 8:4. (pdf)
  • Ostlund SB, Kosheleff AR, Maidment NT (2014) Differential effects of systemic acetylcholine receptor blockade on Pavlovian incentive motivation and goal-directed action selection. Neuropsychopharmacology, 39:1490-1497. (pdf)


  • LeBlanc KH, Maidment NT, Ostlund SB (2013) Impact of repeated intravenous cocaine administration on incentive motivation depends on mode of drug delivery. Addiction Biology, published online May, 2013, doi: 10.1111/adb.12063. (pdf)
  • LeBlanc KH, Maidment NT, Ostlund SB (2013) Repeated cocaine exposure facilitates the expression of incentive motivation and induces habit formation. PLOS ONE, 8(4). (pdf)
  • Ostlund SB, Kosheleff A, Maidment NT, Murphy NP (2013) Decreased consumption of sweet fluids in mu opioid receptor knockout mice: a microstructural analysis of licking behavior. Psychopharmacology, 229:105-113. (pdf)
  • Wassum KM*, Ostlund SB*, Loewinger GC, Maidment NT (2013) Phasic mesolimbic dopamine release tracks reward seeking during expression of Pavlovian-to-instrumental transfer. Biological Psychiatry, 73:747-755. * contributed equally (pdf)


  • Ostlund SB, Kosheleff AR, Maidment NT (2012). Relative response cost determines the sensitivity of instrumental reward seeking to dopamine receptor blockade. Neuropsychopharmacology, 37:2653-2660. (pdf)
  • LeBlanc KH, Ostlund SB, Maidment NT (2012) Pavlovian-instrumental transfer in cocaine-seeking rats. Behavioral Neuroscience, 126:681-689. (pdf)
  • Wassum KM*, Ostlund SB*, Maidment NT (2012) Phasic mesolimbic dopamine backpropagates through a self-initiated sequence of instrumental actions and predicts sequence learning and performance. * contributed equally (pdf)
  • Ostlund SB, Maidment NT (2012) Dopamine receptor blockade attenuates the general incentive motivational effects of non-contingently delivered rewards and reward-paired cues without affecting their ability to bias action selection. Neuropsychopharmacology, 37:508-519. (pdf)


  • Wassum KM, Ostlund SB, Balleine BW, Maidment NT (2011) Differential dependence of Pavlovan incentive motivation and instrumental incentive learning processes on dopamine signaling. Learning and Memory, 18:475-483. (pdf)
  • Balleine BW, Leung BK, Ostlund SB (2011) Orbitofrontal cortex, predicted value and choice. Annals of the New York Academy of Sciences, 1239:43-50. (pdf)
  • Ostlund SB, Wassum KM, Murphy NP, Balleine BW, Maidment NT (2011) Extracellular dopamine levels in striatal subregions track motivation and response cost during instrumental conditioning. The Journal of Neuroscience, 31:200-207. (pdf)


  • Ostlund SB, Maidment NT, Balleine, BW (2010) Alcohol-paired contextual cues produce an immediate and selective loss of goal-directed action in rats. Frontiers in Integrative Neuroscience, 4:19. (pdf)


  • Wassum KM, Ostlund SB, Maidment NT, Balleine BW (2009) The determinants of desire: Dual, dissociable roles for endogenous opioids in reward detection and incentive learning. The Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences USA, 106:12512-12517. (pdf)
  • de Wit S, Ostlund SB, Balleine BW, Dickinson A (2009) Resolution of conflict between goal-directed actions: outcome encoding and neural control processes. Journal of Experimental Psychology: Animal Behavior Processes, 35:382-393. (pdf)
  • Ostlund SB, Winterbauer NE, Balleine BW (2009) Action sequence chunking in goal-directed instrumental conditioning and its dependence on the dorsomedial frontal cortex. The Journal of Neuroscience, 29:8280-8287. (pdf)
  • Balleine BW, Liljeholm M, Ostlund SB (2009) The integrative function of the basal ganglia in instrumental conditioning. Behavioral Brain Research, 199:43-52. (pdf)
  • Ostlund SB, Winterbauer NE, Balleine BW (2009) Theory of reward systems. reprinted in Concise Learning and Memory: The Editor’s Selection. Ed. John Byrne, London: Academic Press. 482-502.


  • Ostlund SB, Balleine BW (2008) Differential involvement of the basolateral amygdala and mediodorsal thalamus in instrumental action selection. The Journal of Neuroscience, 28:4398-4405. (pdf)
  • Yin HH, Ostlund SB, Balleine BW (2008) Reward-guided learning beyond dopamine in the nucleus accumbens: the integrative functions of cortico-basal ganglia networks. The European Journal Neuroscience 28:1437-1448. (pdf)
  • Ostlund SB, Balleine BW (2008) On habits and addiction: An associative analysis of compulsive drug seeking. Drug Discovery Today: Disease Models, 5:235-245. (pdf)
  • Ostlund SB, Winterbauer NE, Balleine BW (2008) Theory of reward systems. in Learning and Memory: A Comprehensive Reference. Vol. 1. Ed. John Byrne, Oxford; Elsevier Press. 701-720. (pdf)
  • Ostlund SB, Balleine BW (2008) The disunity of Pavlovian and instrumental values. Behavioral Brain Sciences. 31:456-457. (pdf)


  • Lobo MK, Cui Y, Ostlund SB, Balleine BW, Yang XW (2007) Genetic control of instrumental conditioning by striatopallidal neuron-specific S1P receptor Gpr6. Nature Neuroscience, 10:1395-1397. (pdf)
  • Ostlund SB, Balleine BW (2007) Selective reinstatement of instrumental performance depends on the discriminative stimulus properties of the mediating outcome. Learning & Behavior, 35:43-52. (pdf)
  • Ostlund SB, Balleine BW (2007) Orbitofrontal cortex mediates outcome encoding in pavlovian but not instrumental conditioning. The Journal of Neuroscience, 27:4819-4825. (pdf)
  • Wiltgen BJ, Law M, Ostlund S, Mayford M, Balleine BW (2007) The influence of Pavlovian cues on instrumental performance is mediated by aCaMKII activity in the striatum. The European Journal of Neuroscience, 25:2491-2497. (pdf)
  • Ostlund SB, Balleine, BW (2007) The contribution of the orbitofrontal cortex to action selection. Annals of the New York Academy of Sciences, 1121:174-192. (pdf)
  • Balleine BW, Ostlund SB (2007) Still at the choice point: Action selection and initiation in instrumental conditioning. Annals of the New York Academy of Sciences, 1104:147-171. (pdf)
  • Ostlund SB, Balleine BW (2007) Goal-directed behavior theories. in Encyclopedia of Neuroscience. Vol. 4, Ed. Larry Squire, Oxford: Elsevier Press. 943-949. (pdf)

2005 and earlier

  • Yin HH, Ostlund SB, Knowlton BJ, Balleine BW (2005) The role of the dorsomedial striatum in instrumental conditioning. The European Journal of Neuroscience, 22: 513-523. (pdf)
  • Ostlund SB, Balleine BW (2005) Lesions of the medial prefrontal cortex disrupt the acquisition but not the expression of goal-directed learning. The Journal of Neuroscience, 25: 7763-7770. (pdf)
  • Wang SH*, Ostlund SB*, Nader K, Balleine BW (2005) Consolidation and reconsolidation of incentive learning in the amygdala. The Journal of Neuroscience, 25: 830-835. *contributed equally (pdf)
  • Corbit LH, Ostlund SB, Balleine BW (2002) Sensitivity to instrumental contingency degradation is mediated by the entorhinal cortex and its efferents via the dorsal hippocampus. The Journal of Neuroscience, 22: 10976-10984. (pdf)