Maeng-Sik Shin

Postdoctoral Researcher
 (414) 229-4979
 Garland 419


Degree: PhD, University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, 2002


My previous research focused on investigating neural mechanisms (i.e., brain circuits of opioids vs. non-opioids) of antinociception in  organisms encountering environmental stress.

Currently, I am mainly studying neural mechanisms, ranging from molecular/synaptic to system levels, for consolidation and reconsolidation of Pavlovian fear memories and their extinctions.  My present  technical focus is on the optogenetic method followed by biochemical assays such as  the Western blot or fluorescent in situ hybridization probes.


Shin M.-S. (Aug 2014). Suggestions of directions on wholeperson-centered general education for college students for overcoming smartphone addiction: Behavioristic perspective and behavioral neuroscience-based healbeing-healtechnical perspective. Korean Journal of General Education, 8(4), 273-308.

Shin M.-S. (Feb 2014). Course Satisfaction co-varying with academic achievement in the introduction to psychology course is differentiated among undergraduate students who have different admission conditions. Korean Journal of General Education, 8(1), 249-280.

Shin M.-S. (Dec 2012). Different patterns in academic achievement that depend upon the academic background of students taking a cross-tracking general-education course, Introduction to Psychology. Korean Journal of General Education, 6(4), 297-320.

Shin M.-S. (June 2012). Probing students’ possible context-dependent retrieval in a split-class exam that is related to a general education course just learned on. Korean Journal of General Education, 6(2), 403-422.

Shin M.-S. (Dec 2010). Reinterpretation of characteristics of explicit memory retrieval shown in medial temporal lobe-lesioned patients: Review of the systems consolidation theory. The Korean Journal of Cognitive and Biological Psychology, 22(4), 549-571.

Shin M.-S. (Sep 2010). Review on amygdala neural circuitry of antinocicception: On actions of opioids and endocannabinoids. The Korean Journal of Cognitive and Biological Psychology, 22(3), 387-404.

Shin M.-S., Bailey, D.J., Hillard, C.J., & Helmstetter, F.J. (Dec 2008). Down Regulating Mu Receptors in the Basolateral Complex of Amygdala Prevents Antinociception in the Rat. The Korean Journal of Experimental Psychology, 20(4), 285-301.

Shin M.-S. (June 2008). Review on amygdala-brainstem neural circuitry of antinociception. The Korean Journal of Experimental Psychology, 20(2), 73-94.

Seo D.-O., Pang, M.-H., Shin M.-S., Kim H.-T., & Choi J.-S. (Oct 2008). Hippocampal NMDA receptors are necessary for auditory trace fear conditioning measured with conditioned hypoalgesia in rats. Behavioral Brain Research, 192(2), 264-268.

Shin, M.-S., & Helmstetter, F.J. (Nov 2005).  Antinociception following application of DAMGO to the basolateral amygdala results from a direct interaction of DAMGO with mu opioid receptors in the amygdala. Brain Research, 1064(1-2), 56-65.

Seo, D-O, Kwon, J-T., Pang, M-H., Kim, H-T., Shin, M-S., & Choi, J-S. (Aug 2005).  Timing of conditional hypoalgesia in trace and delay fear conditioning measured by tail flick test in rats.  Proceedings: Korean Annual Meetings for Psychology. pp.  320-321.  

Shin, M.-S. (Mar 2005).  Vasoactive intestinal peptide in the amygdala inhibits tail flick reflexes in rats, Brain Research, 1040(1-2), 197-201.

Shin, M.-S., Cho, S.-H., Kim, K.-S., & Kim, H.-T. (1993). Effects of microinjection of yohimbine and naloxone into the central amygdaloid nucleus upon novelty-induced hypoalgesia.  Korean Journal of Biological and Physiological Psychology, 5, 7-16.

Cho, S.-H., Shin, M.-S., & Kim, K.-S. (1993). The implication of opioid antagonist’s action upon the analgesia induced by naloxone-heat pairings.  Experimental Neurobiology, 2, 57-61.

Cho, S.-H., Shin, M.-S., Kim, H.-T., & Lee, M.-Y. (1992). Hypoalgesia induced by aversive heat stimulus.  Korean Journal of Clinical Psychology, 11(1), 275-286.