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Hadley C. Bergstrom Assistant Professor of Psychological Science

Hadley Bergstrom teaches courses in Psychological Science and Neuroscience. His research focuses on how changes in brain structure and function relate to the organization and expression of memory. 

  • BS, University of Oregon; MA, PhD, George Mason University
  • At Vassar since 2015

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Research and Academic Interests

  • Behavioral Neuroscience
  • Learning and Memory
  • Corticolimbic Circuitry
  • Neuronal Structure

Selected Publications

BOLD typeface indicates current or former Vassar student co-author.
  1. Jury, N, Pollack G, Ward M, Bezek J, Ng A, Pinard C, Bergstrom H, Holmes A (2017). Chronic ethanol during adolescence impacts corticolimbic dendritic spines and behavior. Alcoholism: Clinical and Experimental Therapeutics. 41(7):1298-1308 PMID: 28614590

 

  1. Ehlinger DG, Burke JC, McDonald CG, Smith RF, Bergstrom HC (2017). Nicotine selectively remodels dendrites in the dorsolateral striatum. Nicotine-induced and D1-receptor dependent dendritic remodeling in a subset of dorsolateral striatum medium spiny neurons. 356: 242-254 PMID: 28576726

 

  1. Bergstrom HC and Pinard CR (2017). Corticolimbic Circuits in Learning, Memory, and Disease. The Journal of Neuroscience Research. 95(3): 795-796 PMID: 28094866. Cover Illustration by Shenandoah Wrobel

 

  1. Bergstrom HC (2016). The Neurocircuitry of Remote Cued Fear Memory. Neuroscience & Biobehavioral Reviews. 71: 409-417 PMID: 27693699

 

  1. Ehlinger DG, Bergstrom HC, Burke JC, Fernandez GF, McDonald CG, Smith RF (2016). Adolescent nicotine-induced dendrite remodeling in the nucleus accumbens is rapid, persistent, and D1-dopamine receptor dependent. Brain Structure and Function. 221(1): 133-145 PMID: 25257604

 

  1. Romano Bergstrom JC, Olmsted-Hawala E, Bergstrom HC (2016). Older adults fail to see the periphery during a Website search task. Universal Access in the Information Society. 15(2): 261-270. DOI: 1007/s10209-014-0382-z

 

  1. Bergstrom HC, Darvesh AS, Berger SP (2015). Inducible nitric oxide inhibitors block NMDA antagonist-stimulated motoric behaviors and cortical glutamate efflux. Frontiers in Pharmacology. 6; 292. PMID: 26696891

 

  1. Castro-Gomes V, Bergstrom HC, McGuire JL, Parker CC, Coyner J, Landeira-Fernandez, Ursano RJ, Palmer AA, Johnson LR (2016). Lateral amygdala dendritic morphology and spine patterning in a fear memory resistant and susceptible mouse line. Neurobiology of Learning and Memory. 127:64-71 PMID: 26642919.

 

  1. Prager EM, Bergstrom HC, Wynn GH, Braga MF (2016). The basolateral amygdala γ-aminobutyric acidergic system in Health and Disease. The Journal of Neuroscience Research. 94(6): 548-67 PMID: 26586374

 

  1. Smith RF, McDonald CG, Bergstrom HC, Ehlinger D, Brielmaier JM (2015) Adolescent nicotine induces persisting changes in development of neural connectivity. Neuroscience & Biobehavioral Reviews. 55: 432-443. PMID:26048001

 

  1. Fitzgerald PJ, Pinard C, Camp MC, Feyder M, Sah A, Bergstrom HC, Graybeal C, Liu Y, Grant S, Singewald N, Xu W, Holmes A (2015). Durable fear memories require PSD-95. Molecular Psychiatry. 20(7): 901-912. PMID: 25510511. Cover Illustration and featured article

 

  1. Bergstrom HC & Johnson LR (2014) An organization of visual and auditory fear conditioning in the lateral amygdala. Neurobiology of Learning and Memory. 116: 1-13 PMID: 25076183.

 

  1. McGuire JM, Bergstrom HC, Parker CC, Le T, Morgan M, Tang H, Selwyn RG, Silva AC, Choi K, Ursano RJ, Palmer AA, Johnson LR (2013). Traits of fear resistance and susceptibility in an advanced intercross line. European Journal of Neuroscience. 38 (9): 3314-3324 PMID: 23968228

 

  1. Bergstrom HC, McDonald CG, Dey S, Tang H, Selwyn RG, Johnson LR (2013). The structure of Pavlovian fear conditioning in the amygdala. Brain Structure and Function. 218 (6): 1569-1589 PMID: 23179863

 

  1. Bergstrom HC, McDonald CG, Dey S, Fernandez GM, Johnson LR (2013). Neurons activated during fear memory consolidation and reconsolidation are mapped to a common and new topography in the lateral amygdala. Brain Topography. 26(3): 468-78 PMID: 23322210

 

  1. Ehlinger DG, Bergstrom HC, McDonald CG, Smith RF (2012). Nicotine-induced dendritic remodeling in the insular cortex. Neuroscience Letters. 516 (1): 89-93 PMID: 22487730

 

  1. Prager EM, Bergstrom HC, Grunberg NE, Johnson LR (2011). The importance of reporting housing and husbandry in rat research. Frontiers in Behavioral Neuroscience, 5: 38 PMID: 21847375

 

  1. Bergstrom HC, McDonald CG, Johnson LR (2011). Pavlovian fear conditioning activates a common pattern of neurons in the lateral amygdala of individual brains. PLoS ONE. 6(1): e15698 PMID: 21264324

 

  1. Prager EM, Brielmaier J, Bergstrom HC, McGuire J, Johnson LR (2010). Localization of mineralocorticoid receptors at Mammalian synapses. PLoS ONE. 5(12): e14344. PMID: 21179518

 

  1. Bergstrom HC, Smith RF, Mollinedo NS, McDonald CG (2010). Chronic nicotine exposure produces lateralized, age-dependent dendritic remodeling in the rodent basolateral amygdala. Synapse. 64(10): 754-64 PMID: 20336623

 

  1. Falco AM, Bergstrom HC, Bachus SE, Smith RF (2009). Persisting changes in basolateral amygdala mRNAs after chronic ethanol consumption. Physiology & Behavior, 96(1): 169-73 PMID: 18938187

 

  1. Bergstrom HC, McDonald CG, French HT, Smith RF (2008). Continuous nicotine administration produces selective, age-dependent structural alteration in pyramidal neurons from prelimbic cortex. Synapse, 62(1): 31-9 PMID: 17957736

 

  1. McDonald CG, Eppolito AK, Brielmaier JM, Smith LN, Bergstrom HC, Lawhead MR, Smith RF (2007). Evidence for elevated nicotine-induced structural plasticity in nucleus accumbens of adolescent rats. Brain Research, 1151:211-8 PMID: 17418110

 

  1. Smith LN, McDonald CG, Bergstrom HC, Brielmaier JM, Eppolio AK, Falco AM, Smith RF (2006). Long-term changes in fear conditioning and anxiety-like behavior following nicotine exposure in adult versus adolescent rats. Pharmacology, Biochemistry and Behavior 85(1):91-97, PMID: 16919320

 

  1. Bergstrom HC, McDonald CG, Smith RF (2006). Alcohol exposure during adolescence impairs auditory fear conditioning in adult Long-Evans rats. Physiology & Behavior 88(4-5):466-472, PMID: 16753191

 

  1. McDonald CG, Dailey VK, Bergstrom HC, Wheeler TL, Eppolito AK, Smith LN, Smith RF (2005). Periadolescent nicotine administration produces enduring changes in dendritic morphology of medium spiny neurons from nucleus accumbens. Neuroscience Letters 385: 163-167, PMID: 15955627

 

  1. Bergstrom HC, Palmer AA, Wood R, Burkhart-Kasch S, McKinnon CS, Phillips TJ (2003). Reverse selection for differential response to the locomotor stimulant effects of ethanol provides evidence for pleiotropic genetic influence on locomotor response to other drugs of abuse. Alcoholism: Clinical and Experimental Research 27(10): 1535-1547, PMID: 14574223

 

  1. Boehm SL III, Piercy MM, Bergstrom HC, and Phillips TJ (2002). Ventral tegmental area region governs GABAB receptor modulation of ethanol-stimulated activity in mice. Neuroscience 115, 1, 185-200, PMID: 12401333

 

  1. Palmer AA, McKinnon CS, Bergstrom HC, Phillips TJ (2002). Locomotor activity responses to ethanol, other alcohols, and GABAA acting compounds in forward and reverse selected FAST and SLOW mouse lines. Behavioral Neuroscience 116, 6, 958–967, PMID: 12492294

In the Media

Psychologists Explain Why Food Memories Can Feel So Powerful

Most of us have a memory of a food that takes us back to childhood. It can be as simple as a candy bar that we used to get as a treat during our youth, or more involved like a lemon bar recalling your first baking disaster. No matter the importance, memories involving food are vivid ― and they sometimes feel more evocative than other types of memories...
Huffington Post. May 10, 2017

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Hadley Bergstrom earned his BS in Psychology from the University of Oregon and MA and PhD in Psychology from George Mason University. He went on to train as a postdoctoral Fellow in the Department of Psychiatry and Center for the Study of Traumatic Stress at the Uniformed Services University School of Medicine. He then held a postdoctoral Intramural Research Training Award in the Laboratory of Behavioral and Genomic Neuroscience at the National Institutes of Health. He currently directs the Memory Neuroscience Lab at Vassar College.

The Bergstrom lab studies how memory is stored and retrieved in the brain. The lab is particularly interested in how memory associated with fear and reward are represented in neural circuits. His research program incorporates techniques for visualizing and manipulating memory storage and plasticity in the brain. Knowledge about how the brain stores memory is vital to understanding disorders of learning and memory, such as post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) and addiction.