Aaron Blaisdell's lab is interested in animal cognition and behavior, namely describing how animals build and use representations of their world. For this, his laboratory uses Pavlovian and instrumental conditioning procedures to investigate questions at the interface between associative and cognitive processes, related to how animals reason, integrate information and approach problem solving.
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Rats are sensitive to ambiguity.
Fast CD, Blaisdell AP.
Psychon Bull Rev. 2011 Oct 4. [Epub ahead of print]
The Modulation of Operant Variation by the Probability, Magnitude, and Delay of Reinforcement.
Stahlman WD, Blaisdell AP.
Learn Motiv. 2011 Aug 1;42(3):221-236.
Auditory stimulation dishabituates anti-predator escape behavior in hermit crabs (Coenobita clypeatus).
Stahlman WD, Chan AA, Blumstein DT, Fast CD, Blaisdell AP.
Behav Processes. 2011 Sep;88(1):7-11. doi: 10.1016/j.beproc.2011.06.009. Epub 2011 Jul 12.
Attributional and relational processing in pigeons.
Garlick D, Gant DJ, Brakel LA, Blaisdell AP.
Front Psychol. 2011;2:14. Epub 2011 Jan 9.
Overshadowing between landmarks on the touchscreen and in arena with pigeons.
Leising KJ, Garlick D, Blaisdell AP.
J Exp Psychol Anim Behav Process. 2011 May 23. [Epub ahead of print]