Benjamin T. Saunders

University of California, San Francisco, San Francisco, CA 
Dopamine, Motivation, Reward
"Benjamin Saunders"
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Karen G. Anderson research assistant 2006-2007 West Virginia University (PsychTree)
Terry E. Robinson grad student 2007-2012 University of Michigan
Patricia H. Janak post-doc 2013- UCSF (Neurotree)


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Carli L Poisson grad student 2019- UMN (Neurotree)
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Saunders BT, Richard JM, Margolis EB, et al. (2018) Dopamine neurons create Pavlovian conditioned stimuli with circuit-defined motivational properties. Nature Neuroscience
Saunders BT, Richard JM, Janak PH. (2015) Contemporary approaches to neural circuit manipulation and mapping: focus on reward and addiction. Philosophical Transactions of the Royal Society of London. Series B, Biological Sciences. 370
Morrow JD, Saunders BT, Maren S, et al. (2015) Sign-tracking to an appetitive cue predicts incubation of conditioned fear in rats. Behavioural Brain Research. 276: 59-66
Saunders BT, O'Donnell EG, Aurbach EL, et al. (2014) A cocaine context renews drug seeking preferentially in a subset of individuals. Neuropsychopharmacology : Official Publication of the American College of Neuropsychopharmacology. 39: 2816-23
Steinberg EE, Boivin JR, Saunders BT, et al. (2014) Positive reinforcement mediated by midbrain dopamine neurons requires D1 and D2 receptor activation in the nucleus accumbens. Plos One. 9: e94771
Saunders BT, Janak PH. (2014) Nucleus accumbens plasticity underlies multifaceted behavioral changes associated with addiction. Biological Psychiatry. 75: 92-3
Robinson TE, Yager LM, Cogan ES, et al. (2014) On the motivational properties of reward cues: Individual differences. Neuropharmacology. 76: 450-9
Fitzpatrick CJ, Gopalakrishnan S, Cogan ES, et al. (2013) Variation in the form of Pavlovian conditioned approach behavior among outbred male Sprague-Dawley rats from different vendors and colonies: sign-tracking vs. goal-tracking. Plos One. 8: e75042
Saunders BT, Yager LM, Robinson TE. (2013) Cue-evoked cocaine "craving": role of dopamine in the accumbens core. The Journal of Neuroscience : the Official Journal of the Society For Neuroscience. 33: 13989-4000
Saunders BT, Robinson TE. (2013) Individual variation in resisting temptation: implications for addiction. Neuroscience and Biobehavioral Reviews. 37: 1955-75
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