Dr Laura Corbit

A16 - Badham Building
The University of Sydney


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Research interests

In order to adapt to its environment, an animal must be sensitive to the consequences of its actions and be able to modify its behavior in order to gain access to desired commodities while avoiding events that are harmful or aversive. It is the flexibility of the instrumental or goal-directed components of human behaviour that allows us to develop new behavioural strategies to control events in our environment and satisfy our needs. The adaptive quality of this flexibility becomes most clear when these processes break down as they do in a number of psychiatric disorders including addiction. The goal of my research is to provide fundamental information about the behavioural and neural determinants of goal-directed action and the transition to automatic/habitual performance. This work will also provide considerable insight into the development and maintenance of addictive behaviors and may aid the development of treatment strategies to reverse such behaviors.

Selected grants

2013

  • Enhancing Extinction of Alcohol-Predicitve Stimuli Through Modulation of Noradrenergic Signaling; Corbit L; National Health and Medical Research Council (NHMRC)/Project Grants.

2012

  • Re-entry Fellowship; Corbit L; Faculty of Science/Re-entry Fellowship.

Selected publications

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Journals

  • Kendig, M., Rooney, K., Corbit, L., Boakes, R. (2014). Persisting adiposity following chronic consumption of 10% sucrose solution: strain differences and behavioural effects. Physiology and Behavior, 130(54), 65.
  • Hogarth, L., Balleine, B., Corbit, L., Killcross, S. (2013). Associative learning mechanisms underpinning the transition from recreational drug use to addiction. Annals of the New York Academy of Sciences. [More Information]
  • Kendig, M., Boakes, R., Rooney, K., Corbit, L. (2013). Chronic restricted access to 10% sucrose solution in adolescent and young adult rodents impairs spatial memory and alters sensitivity to outcome devaluation. Physiology and Behavior, 120, 164-172. [More Information]
  • Corbit, L., Leung, B., Balleine, B. (2013). The Role of the Amygdala-Striatal Pathway in the Acquisition and Performance of Goal-Directed Instrumental Actions. The Journal of Neuroscience, 33(45), 17682-17690. [More Information]
  • Janak, P., Bowers, M., Corbit, L. (2012). Compound Stimulus Presentation and the Norepinephrine Reuptake Inhibitor Atomoxetine Enhance Long-Term Extinction of Cocaine-Seeking Behavior. Neuropsychopharmacology, 37(4), 975-985. [More Information]
  • Corbit, L., Nie, H., Janak, P. (2012). Habitual Alcohol Seeking: Time Course and the Contribution of Subregions of the Dorsal Striatum. Biological Psychiatry, 72(5), 389-395. [More Information]
  • Janak, P., Corbit, L. (2011). Deepened extinction following compound stimulus presentation: Noradrenergic modulation. Learning and Memory, 18(1), 1-10. [More Information]
  • Corbit, L., Balleine, B. (2011). The general and outcome-specific forms of pavlovian-instrumental transfer are differentially mediated by the nucleus accumbens core and shell. The Journal of Neuroscience, 31(33), 11786-11794. [More Information]
  • Corbit, L., Janak, P. (2010). Posterior dorsomedial striatum is critical for both selective instrumental and Pavlovian reward learning. European Journal of Neuroscience, 31(7), 1312-1321. [More Information]
  • Corbit, L., Janak, P. (2007). Ethanol-Associated Cues Produce General Pavlovian-Instrumental Transfer. Alcoholism: Clinical and Experimental Research, 31(5), 766-774. [More Information]
  • Corbit, L., Janak, P., Balleine, B. (2007). General and outcome-specific forms of Pavlovian-instrumental transfer: the effect of shifts in motivational state and inactivation of the ventral tegmental area. European Journal of Neuroscience, 26(11), 3141-3149. [More Information]
  • Corbit, L., Janak, P. (2007). Inactivation of the Lateral But Not Medial Dorsal Striatum Eliminates the Excitatory Impact of Pavlovian Stimuli on Instrumental Responding. The Journal of Neuroscience, 27(51), 13977-13981. [More Information]
  • Corbit, L., Balleine, B. (2005). Double Dissociation of Basolateral and Central Amygdala Lesions on the General and Outcome-Specific Forms of Pavlovian-Instrumental Transfer. The Journal of Neuroscience, 25(4), 962-970. [More Information]

2014

  • Kendig, M., Rooney, K., Corbit, L., Boakes, R. (2014). Persisting adiposity following chronic consumption of 10% sucrose solution: strain differences and behavioural effects. Physiology and Behavior, 130(54), 65.

2013

  • Hogarth, L., Balleine, B., Corbit, L., Killcross, S. (2013). Associative learning mechanisms underpinning the transition from recreational drug use to addiction. Annals of the New York Academy of Sciences. [More Information]
  • Kendig, M., Boakes, R., Rooney, K., Corbit, L. (2013). Chronic restricted access to 10% sucrose solution in adolescent and young adult rodents impairs spatial memory and alters sensitivity to outcome devaluation. Physiology and Behavior, 120, 164-172. [More Information]
  • Corbit, L., Leung, B., Balleine, B. (2013). The Role of the Amygdala-Striatal Pathway in the Acquisition and Performance of Goal-Directed Instrumental Actions. The Journal of Neuroscience, 33(45), 17682-17690. [More Information]

2012

  • Janak, P., Bowers, M., Corbit, L. (2012). Compound Stimulus Presentation and the Norepinephrine Reuptake Inhibitor Atomoxetine Enhance Long-Term Extinction of Cocaine-Seeking Behavior. Neuropsychopharmacology, 37(4), 975-985. [More Information]
  • Corbit, L., Nie, H., Janak, P. (2012). Habitual Alcohol Seeking: Time Course and the Contribution of Subregions of the Dorsal Striatum. Biological Psychiatry, 72(5), 389-395. [More Information]

2011

  • Janak, P., Corbit, L. (2011). Deepened extinction following compound stimulus presentation: Noradrenergic modulation. Learning and Memory, 18(1), 1-10. [More Information]
  • Corbit, L., Balleine, B. (2011). The general and outcome-specific forms of pavlovian-instrumental transfer are differentially mediated by the nucleus accumbens core and shell. The Journal of Neuroscience, 31(33), 11786-11794. [More Information]

2010

  • Corbit, L., Janak, P. (2010). Posterior dorsomedial striatum is critical for both selective instrumental and Pavlovian reward learning. European Journal of Neuroscience, 31(7), 1312-1321. [More Information]

2007

  • Corbit, L., Janak, P. (2007). Ethanol-Associated Cues Produce General Pavlovian-Instrumental Transfer. Alcoholism: Clinical and Experimental Research, 31(5), 766-774. [More Information]
  • Corbit, L., Janak, P., Balleine, B. (2007). General and outcome-specific forms of Pavlovian-instrumental transfer: the effect of shifts in motivational state and inactivation of the ventral tegmental area. European Journal of Neuroscience, 26(11), 3141-3149. [More Information]
  • Corbit, L., Janak, P. (2007). Inactivation of the Lateral But Not Medial Dorsal Striatum Eliminates the Excitatory Impact of Pavlovian Stimuli on Instrumental Responding. The Journal of Neuroscience, 27(51), 13977-13981. [More Information]

2005

  • Corbit, L., Balleine, B. (2005). Double Dissociation of Basolateral and Central Amygdala Lesions on the General and Outcome-Specific Forms of Pavlovian-Instrumental Transfer. The Journal of Neuroscience, 25(4), 962-970. [More Information]

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