Stephen E. Chang
  • Dartmouth College, Department of Psychological and Brain Sciences, United States, United States,
Research focus
  • Neuroscience
  • 1 Author merit


PhD, Johns Hopkins University, United States, 2013

Current position

Postdoctoral Fellow, Psychological and Brain Sciences, Dartmouth College, United States


  1. Chang, S. E., Todd, T. P. and Smith, K. S. (2018). Paradoxical accentuation of motivation following accumbens-pallidum disconnection. Neurobiol Learn Mem 149: 39-45.
  2. Chang, S. E., Smedley, E. B., Stansfield, K. J., Stott, J. J. and Smith, K. S. (2017). Optogenetic Inhibition of Ventral Pallidum Neurons Impairs Context-Driven Salt Seeking. J Neurosci 37(23): 5670-5680.
  3. Crego ACG, Chang SE, Butler WN, Smith KS (2017). Optogenetics research in behavioral neuroscience: Insights into the brain basis of reward learning and goal-directed behavior. In: Appasani (Ed.), Optogenetics: From neuronal function to mapping and disease biology. Cambridge, England: Cambridge University Press.
  4. Chang, S. E. and Smith, K. S. (2016). An omission procedure reorganizes the microstructure of sign-tracking while preserving incentive salience. Learn Mem 23(4): 151-155.
  5. Chang, S. E., Todd, T. P., Bucci, D. J. and Smith, K. S. (2015). Chemogenetic manipulation of ventral pallidal neurons impairs acquisition of sign-tracking in rats. Eur J Neurosci 42(12): 3105-3116.
  6. DeAngeli, N. E., Todd, T. P., Chang, S. E., Yeh, H. H., Yeh, P. W. and Bucci, D. J. (2014). Exposure to Kynurenic Acid during Adolescence Increases Sign-Tracking and Impairs Long-Term Potentiation in Adulthood. Front Behav Neurosci 8: 451.
  7. Chang, S. E. (2014). Effects of orbitofrontal cortex lesions on autoshaped lever pressing and reversal learning. Behav Brain Res 273: 52-56.
  8. Chang, S. E. and Holland, P. C. (2013). Effects of nucleus accumbens core and shell lesions on autoshaped lever-pressing. Behav Brain Res 256: 36-42.
  9. Wheeler, D. S., Chang, S. E. and Holland, P. C. (2013). Odor-mediated taste learning requires dorsal hippocampus, but not basolateral amygdala activity. Neurobiol Learn Mem 101: 1-7.
  10. Chang, S. E., McDannald, M. A., Wheeler, D. S. and Holland, P. C. (2012). The effects of basolateral amygdala lesions on unblocking. Behav Neurosci 126(2): 279-289.
  11. Chang, S. E., Wheeler, D. S. and Holland, P. C. (2012). Effects of lesions of the amygdala central nucleus on autoshaped lever pressing. Brain Res 1450: 49-56.
  12. Chang, S. E., Wheeler, D. S. and Holland, P. C. (2012). Roles of nucleus accumbens and basolateral amygdala in autoshaped lever pressing. Neurobiol Learn Mem 97(4): 441-451.
  13. Maddux, J. M., Schiffino, F. L. and Chang, S. E. (2012). The amygdala central nucleus: a new region implicated in habit learning. J Neurosci 32(23): 7769-7770.
1 Protocol published
Authors:  Stephen E. Chang and Kyle S. Smith, date: 04/05/2018, view: 4336, Q&A: 0
Changes in reward seeking behavior often occur through incremental learning based on the difference between what is expected and what actually happens. Behavioral flexibility of this sort requires experience with rewards as better or worse than ...
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