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Aaron Blaisdell, Ph.D.

Email Address:
blaisdell@psych.ucla.edu

Work Address:
Office
Franz Hall
Los Angeles, CA 90095
UNITED STATES

Fax Number:
310-206-5895
Lab Number:
310-267-4590
Office Phone Number:
310-267-4589



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Department / Division Affiliations
Professor, Psychology
Associate Professor, Learning and Behavior
Member, ACCESS Program, Access Neuroscience Home Area, Brain Research Institute, Neuroscience IDP

Bio:

After receiving his BA and MA in Biological Anthropology (at SUNY Stony Brook and Kent State University, respectively), Dr. Blaisdell realized that animal cognition was even more interesting than dead humans. So he trekked on over to SUNY Binghamton for his Ph.D. in Experimental Psychology with Dr. Ralph Miller, where he studied learning, memory, and temporal cognition in the rat. This was followed by a brief stint as an NRSA Postdoctoral Fellow with Dr. Robert Cook, an expert on Avian Visual Cognition at Tufts University, where he learned how pigeons perceive and think about the world. Since 2001, Dr. Blaisdell has emigrated to the climatological and cultural paradise of sunny LA as Associate Professor in Learning & Behavior and Behavioral Neuroscience in the UCLA Psychology Department. He presides over a comparative cognition lab, studying cognitive processes in rats, pigeons, hermit crabs, and humans. His lab website is http://pigeonrat.psych.ucla.edu.

Publications:

Blaisdell, A. P. Mechanism through methodology: No madness in the method. International Journal of Comparative Psychology 2005; 18: 23-27.
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Denniston, J. C., Savastano, H. I., Blaisdell, A. P., & Miller, R. R. Cue competition as a retrieval deficit. Learning and Motivation. 2003; 34: 1-31.
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Blaisdell, A. P. Proteus caught in a (neural) net. Review of Animal learning and cognition: A neural network approach. Nestor A. Schmajuk. Journal of Mathematical Psychology. 2003; 47: 229-234.
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Cook, R. G., Shaw, R., & Blaisdell, A. P. Dynamic Object Perception by Pigeons: Discrimination of Action in Video Presentations. Animal Cognition. 2001; 4: 137-146.
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Blaisdell, A.P., Denniston, J. C., & Miller, R. R. Recovery from the Overexpectation Effect: Contrasting Performance-focused and Acquisition-focused Models of Retrospective Revaluation. Animal Learning & Behavior. 2001; 29: 367-380.
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Blaisdell, A.P., Denniston, J. C., Savastano, H. I., & Miller, R. R. Counterconditioning of an Overshadowed Cue Attenuates Overshadowing of Aversive Associations. Journal of Experimental Psychology: Animal Behavior Processes. 2000; 26: 74-86.
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Blaisdell, A. P., Savastano, H. I., & Miller, R. R. Overshadowing of Explicitly Unpaired Conditioned Inhibition is Disrupted by Preexposure to the Overshadowed Inhibitor. Animal Learning & Behavior. 1999; 27: 346-357.
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Blaisdell, A. P., Gunther, L. M., & Miller, R. R. Recovery from Blocking Achieved by Extinguishing the Blocking CS. Animal Learning & Behavior. 1999; 27: 63-76.
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Friedman, B., Blaisdell, A. P., Escobar, M. E., & Miller, R. R. Comparator Mechanisms and Conditioned Inhibition: CS Preexposure Disrupts Pavlovian Conditioned Inhibition but not Explicitly Unpaired Inhibition. Journal of Experimental Psychology: Animal Behavior Processes. 1998; 24: 453-466.
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Denniston, J. C., Blaisdell, A. P., & Miller, R. R. Temporal Coding Affects Transfer of Serial and Simultaneous Inhibitors. Animal Learning & Behavior. 1998; 26: 336-350.
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Blaisdell, A.P., Denniston, J. C., & Miller, R. R. Temporal Encoding as a Determinant of Overshadowing. Journal of Experimental Psychology: Animal Behavior Processes. 1998; 24: 72-83.
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Blaisdell, A.P., Denniston, J. C., & Miller, R. R. Unblocking with Qualitative Change of Unconditioned Stimulus. Learning and Motivation. 1997; 28: 268-279.
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Fridman Gene Y, Blair Hugh T, Blaisdell Aaron P, Judy Jack W Perceived intensity of somatosensory cortical electrical stimulation. Experimental brain research. Experimentelle Hirnforschung. Expérimentation cérébrale. 2010; 203(3): 499-515.
Stahlman W David, Young Michael E, Blaisdell Aaron P Response variability in pigeons in a Pavlovian task. Learning & behavior : a Psychonomic Society publication. 2010; 38(2): 111-8.
Stahlman W David, Roberts Seth, Blaisdell Aaron P Effect of reward probability on spatial and temporal variation. Journal of experimental psychology. Animal behavior processes. 2010; 36(1): 77-91.
Leising Kenneth J, Garlick Dennis, Parenteau Michael, Blaisdell Aaron P Behavioral research in pigeons with ARENA: an automated remote environmental navigation apparatus. Behavioural processes. 2009; 81(1): 105-13.
Stahlman W David, Blaisdell Aaron P Blocking of spatial control by landmarks in rats. Behavioural processes. 2009; 81(1): 114-8.
Leising Kenneth J, Blaisdell Aaron P Associative Basis of Landmark Learning and Integration in Vertebrates. Comparative cognition & behavior reviews. 2009; 4(1): 80-102.
Leising Kenneth J, Wong Jared, Waldmann Michael R, Blaisdell Aaron P The special status of actions in causal reasoning in rats. Journal of experimental psychology. General. 2008; 137(3): 514-27.
Badelt Steven W, Blaisdell Aaron P Capacitive sensors for detecting proximity and response. Behavior research methods. 2008; 40(2): 613-21.
Leising Kenneth J, Sawa Kosuke, Blaisdell Aaron P Temporal integration in Pavlovian appetitive conditioning in rats. Learning & behavior : a Psychonomic Society publication. 2007; 35(1): 11-8.
Nakajima Sadahiko, Takahashi Kosuke, Blaisdell Aaron P An assessment of context-specificity of the CS-preexposure effect in Pavlovian excitatory and inhibitory conditioning. Behavioural processes. 2006; 73(1): 84-91.
Cook Robert G, Blaisdell Aaron P Short-term item memory in successive same-different discriminations. Behavioural processes. 2006; 72(3): 255-64.
Blaisdell Aaron P, Sawa Kosuke, Leising Kenneth J, Waldmann Michael R Causal reasoning in rats. Science (New York, N.Y.). 2006; 311(5763): 1020-2.
Roper Karen L, Chaponis Deviney M, Blaisdell Aaron P Transfer of directed-forgetting cues across discrimination tasks with pigeons. Psychonomic bulletin & review. 2005; 12(6): 1005-10.
Sawa Kosuke, Leising Kenneth J, Blaisdell Aaron P Sensory preconditioning in spatial learning using a touch screen task in pigeons. Journal of experimental psychology. Animal behavior processes. 2005; 31(3): 368-75.
Cook Robert G, Levison Deborah G, Gillett Sarah R, Blaisdell Aaron P Capacity and limits of associative memory in pigeons. Psychonomic bulletin & review. 2005; 12(2): 350-8.
Blaisdell Aaron P, Cook Robert G Two-item same-different concept learning in pigeons. Learning & behavior : a Psychonomic Society publication. 2005; 33(1): 67-77.
Blaisdell Aaron P, Cook Robert G Integration of spatial maps in pigeons. Animal cognition. 2005; 8(1): 7-16.
Denniston James C, Blaisdell Aaron P, Miller Ralph R Temporal coding in conditioned inhibition: analysis of associative structure of inhibition. Journal of experimental psychology. Animal behavior processes. 2004; 30(3): 190-202.
Chang Raymond C, Blaisdell Aaron P, Miller Ralph R Backward conditioning: mediation by the context. Journal of experimental psychology. Animal behavior processes. 2003; 29(3): 171-83.
Blaisdell Aaron P The S-R information stream: where's the filter?. Integrative physiological and behavioral science : the official journal of the Pavlovian Society. 2003; 38(2): 146-65.
Blaisdell, AP Miller, RR Conditioned inhibition produced by extinction-mediated recovery from the relative stimulus validity effect: a test of acquisition and performance models of empirical retrospective revaluation. Journal of experimental psychology. Animal behavior processes. . 2001; 27(1): 48-58.
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Blaisdell, AP Denniston, JC Miller, RR Posttraining shifts in the overshadowing stimulus-unconditioned stimulus interval alleviates the overshadowing deficit. Journal of experimental psychology. Animal behavior processes. . 1999; 25(1): 18-27.
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Blaisdell, AP Bristol, AS Gunther, LM Miller, RR Overshadowing and latent inhibition counteract each other: support for the comparator hypothesis. Journal of experimental psychology. Animal behavior processes. . 1998; 24(3): 335-51.
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